Camp LOLO is a non-profit organization established in the state of Idaho and approved by the IRS. Those of us behind this endeavor of care, compassion and recovery for children and families are community professionals volunteering our time and talents for a cause we cannot help but believe in. Camp LOLO directors and volunteer staff are eager to join families in need of grief recovery. Together, through a Camp LOLO experience, pursue the best in the value of this recovery opportunity for our children.
Camp LOLO is a two-day camp held annually for children and teens struggling with grief over the Loss Of a Loved One. LOLO stands for Loss of a Loved one. One of the many needs that grieving children have is to be with others of their own age with similar grief and loss experiences.
Experiences of grief and loss are most often unsettling and even disorienting. The loss of a cherished loved leads to changes in the survivor's life that are recognized with time. In such a life experience, the grief recovery needs of children can either be minimized by adults or perhaps misunderstood.
Alan Wolfelt, Director of the Center for Loss and Transition, reflects that sometimes what grieving children need most from adults is an awareness that it is OK to talk about their feelings and play out their emotions. If their suffering is avoided, denied, or repressed by adults around them, the children can feel very abandoned at a time when they most need the presence of loving adults.
Grief recovery for children and teens require at least two things: time with peers, and interactions with others who identify with their loss. For our LOLO Campers and their families we provide a special time tailored to their needs, and the interactions needed by children and teens that are meaningful, fun, and focused on grief recovery - this is their time to talk out and play out their many thoughts and feelings. Our curriculum has been planned by professionals who have experience in the mental health field and our adult volunteers are caring individuals who have gone through screening which includes a background check and an interview,