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Melissa S.11

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Review for Experience Camps, Westport, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We found experience camps by chance 8 months after we lost Jackson’s dad and just over a year after our loss, I put my very shy, reserved 10 year old on a bus full of strangers to be taken over 3 hours away for a week - with no contact from him for entire time he was gone. People thought i was crazy. I might have questioned my own sanity from time to time but something told me to have faith and that this was something that could be truly amazing.
And it was. This organization is simply unbelievable. They have this down to a science. It started with an hour long conversation with one of the directors. We discussed our loss, how Jackson was doing what type of kid he was, concerns etc. I knew this info would be shared with his caretakers at camp.
As we neared camp departure day, I got email reminders, phone calls and text messages confirming drop off bus departure information.
We arrived at the bus drop off to see apprehensive kids and smiling friendly staff members who made sure to talk to all of us and introduce the kids to each other.
We received a text message letting us know the kids had arrived at camp safely and nightly emails telling us what the day looked like for our kids not to mention the hundreds of photos that were posted each night. They did everything they could to keep us connected to our kids.
The week at camp truly is the best week ever for these kids. Even if your child like mine is coping fairly well with their grief - send them. They will be better for it - for spending time with other kids who just get it. For being able to focus on themselves for an entire week and just be kids. When I picked Jackson up I was blown away by the love the staff had for these kids. The way they had become family in one short week. These are the best people you could ever have around your kids.

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