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Camp Firefly reaches out to grieving children, presented by Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association

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This summer, Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association will present Camp Firefly for grieving children at Camp Matollionequay in Medford. This weekend-long overnight camp will start on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 22 and conclude on Sunday, Aug. 23.

The overnight camp is free, and open to Burlington, Camden and Gloucester county children ages 7–14 who have lost a parent, sibling or any special person through death and are seeking support to help cope with grief.

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Campers spend the weekend in a caring, nurturing environment with The Hospice of Moorestown VNA’s team of grief professionals and volunteer counselors, as well as peers who have experienced a similar loss. Traditional camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, hiking, arts and crafts, and cookouts are combined with specialized bereavement activities designed to help the children overcome their grief and to cope with the loss of their loved one. In one particularly intense and moving activity, the children design and build small boats containing mementos of their loved one. After dark, these boats are individually candle-lit and launched from the shores of the campsite’s lake.

This year, 2015, marks the 10th anniversary of Camp Firefly. To date, more than 400 local children have benefited from attending the camp. Applications to attend in 2015 will be accepted through early July.

Camp Firefly provides a place to remember lost loved ones, and a place to heal. For an application and complete information about attending Camp Firefly, or other available bereavement support services, contact Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association.

Founded in 1904, Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association is a non-profit organization that provides homecare, hospice, counseling and community wellness services to families in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties. To learn more call (856) 552–1300, email: services@moorestownvna.org, or visit www.moorestownvna.org or facebook/moorestownvna.


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