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Review for Experience Camps, Westport, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

ExCamps are amazing 1 week camps where grieving children have the magical experience of being with other children who have suffered the huge loss of a parent/caregiver/sibling, etc. My twin boys, now 14, started going several years ago. This one week is like water in a desert and all the kids who attend say the same thing. We look forward to this one week of the year more than any other. The volunteer staff are the most caring and giving people and many have experienced the same loss. At school and in other environments where there are kids, most children that have suffered this kind of devastating loss don't usually express their grief. They can't talk about how their person died from , cancer (my boys dad) to suicide or accidents or many illnesses. And most children (and even adults) who haven't gone through this don't really know what to say to them. But at camp the kids not only have a chance to have an incredibly fun packed week but have opportunities to share their grief, talk about the person they've lost, cry and laugh. It is not a depressing thing, it's a chance to speak the same language together, to talk about their loved one without feeling awkward or judged or to stand out in any way. In our case, losing the children's father has been the most painful experience of our lives and the ripple effect continues throughout my children's lives never being able to see or hug their dad again. Never being able to have him at any milestone event again. One of the most amazing things about ExCamps is how the children return year after year and we are able to watch them grow in empathy and leadership and they eventually pay it forward. There is no doubt that my boys will eventually become councilors. Thank you ExCamps for being a huge part of the village that will help my boys not only overcome a loss but turn into giving adults. I would never be able to pay for this week and am so grateful for everything these boys get there for free! Thank you to all that help to fund these incredible camps. Much love! Leslie D.

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