Helping Children

Find Hope

Camp Hope is a free weekend camp for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. We provide a safe environment for grieving kids and teens as they share memories, make new friends, and have fun.

Spring Camp

April 24th – 26th
(New Campers Only)

Fall Camp

October 16th – 18th
(New Campers Only)

FUN & FRIENDS

Our Activities

Learn About Loss

Our activities help kids clarify thoughts, express emotions, and move through grief.

Talk with Peers

Spending time with people who understand helps you heal.

Build Hope

Our staff have experienced loss and let kids know they’re not alone.

Art Helps Kids Move Through Grief

Art, Music, Crafts

We use creative art and music projects to help children express their grief and learn how to cope with difficult emotions. 

Group Discussions Led by Camp Counselors

Group Discussions

We hold supportive group discussions led by camp counselors. We are very selective about our staff and choose counselors who have experienced loss.

Unique Camp Experiences with Supportive Peers

Fun & Games

Challenging activites help kids develop confidence and process their grief. See all our activites like the ropes course, climbing wall, or hiking.

Register Today!

Sending your child or teen to camp has rewards that last a lifetime. Register for a camp or contact us with a question.

 

Upcoming Camps

  • SPRING 2020 | April 24th – 26th
  • FALL 2020      | October 16th – 18th

FOR DAN

Our Story

 About US

For Dan Hebert

In 2005 Sisters-in-law Lynn Hebert and Leslie Wilson co-founded Camp Hope after Lynn’s husband, Dan, died of leukemia at the age of 36. Lynn saw how much his death impacted her 5 year old son and had him attend an out of state grief camp which was life changing. Lynn realized she needed to start a grief camp in California after hearing her son say, “Mommy, I’m not the only little boy who doesn’t have a daddy.”

Years

Counselors

Campers

Smiles

(we counted)

 

Our Staff

The volunteer staff at Camp Hope are carefully chosen and come from all walks of life. They share a common desire to help support children and teens that have experienced the death of a loved one. All staff are committed to providing a safe environment and a meaningful camp experience.

founder

Leslie Wilson

 

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Lynn Hebert

 

TESTIMONIALS

Parents & Campers

“My daughter went to Camp Hope and it was such an INCREDIBLE experience for her. I am a professional in the mental health field and I would recommend the camp highly. If you know any child between the ages of 6-17 who have experienced a loss recently or years ago please recommend they attend this camp. Thank you so much Camp Hope for all you do…..”

– Mother of Camper

“I can honestly say it was one of the best things I could have done to deal with my grief. Before arriving I was nervous but by the time I went to bed I didn’t want to leave. I have met so many fantastic people that have helped me know that I am not alone in my experiences. I would recommend this camp to any person who has ever lost anybody. Thank you Camp Hope for helping me sort out my grief and meet so many amazing people.”

– Teen Camper

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Camp Like?

Camp Hope is a 3 day camp that is a mix of activities that focus on grief and having fun with friends. Camp Hope is held at Camp Arroyo, a 138-acre parkland outside Livermore, California. The campsite consists of 12 cabins with restrooms, a dining hall, swimming pool, amphitheater, arts and crafts center, sports court, and lots of open space.

Where is Campsite located?

Camp Hope is held at Camp Arroyo, a 138-acre parkland outside Livermore, California.

 

The Camp is located at:

5535 Arroyo Road
Livermore, CA 94550


Our Mailing Address is:

1632 Ainsdale Drive
Roseville, CA 95747

 

How much does it cost?

Thanks to the generosity of many donors attendance at Camp Hope is offered free to all children.

Donations are welcomed to help us cover the cost of running camp hope. The cost per camper is $250. To sponsor a camper or cover part of their experience visit camphopeca.com/donate.

What ages are accepted?

Camp Hope accepts applications for children and teens ages 6 to 17.

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Who are the staff?

The volunteer staff at Camp Hope are carefully chosen and come from all walks of life. They share a common desire to help support children and teens that have experienced the death of a loved one. All staff are committed to providing a safe environment and a meaningful camp experience.

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When is the next camp?

We hold two camps per year (Spring & Fall). Visit camphopeca.com/register to see the dates for upcoming camps.

How do I register for camp?

To register you’ll need to complete and return the New Camper Registration Packet.

Once all forms are received, you will be contacted by one of the Camp Directors to verify that Camp Hope would be a good fit for your family. Following this screening, you will be formally added to our camper list and additional camp information will be provided (e.g. maps, what to bring, etc).

Visit camphopeca.com/register to see upcoming camp dates and learn more.

What should I bring to camp?

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Picture

  • Please bring a photo of your loved one(s) who died. (Please do not send an irreplaceable photo)

Bedding

  • Sleeping Bag (or sheets and a warm blanket)
  • Pillow

Clothing

  • Pajamas
  • Two pairs of sneakers or boots (no sandals)
  • Daily change of socks and underwear
  • Heavy and light shirts
  • Coat and/or sweatshirt because it gets cold at night
  • One or two pairs of long pants
  • Two pairs of shorts (No short shorts)
  • Swim suit (No bikinis allowed)
  • Towel for swimming
  • Bag for dirty clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush Soap, wash cloth, and towel Shampoo and brush
  • Lip balm and sunscreen
  • Optional Flashlight
  • Shower shoes
  • Book to read

What Not To Bring

  • Money or valuables
  • Radios,CD Players, Game Boys/SP’s (No electronics)
  • Weapons of any kind (e.g. knives, matches, fireworks)
  • Food (soda, candy, gum)
  • Your best clothing (You will get dirty)
  • Scented lotions
  • Clothing with inappropriate advertisements
  • Cell Phones

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