Wildflower provides the gift of summer camp and enrichment opportunities to children who have lost a parent. Our unique program provides individually tailored support for grieving families, the assignment of a family liaison who will provide emotional and logistical support to the surviving parent, and the opportunity for at-risk children to receive the incredible experiences that summer camp brings.
Wildflower’s program of placing grieving children in a supportive camp community, surrounded by mentors and counselors and opportunities to master new skills, facilitates healing and increases their resilience. Wildflower provides the advocacy, camp tuition negotiation and the financial support to make camp and enrichment opportunities a possibility to help families rebuild their lives after loss.
The Best Fit for Each Child
We strive to place our children in the best-fit camp for each child, with their interests and the needs of the entire family in mind. We place our campers in traditional day or overnight, specialty (e.g., sports/arts/travel) and/or bereavement camps close to home, throughout the Northeast, across the U.S., and internationally.
Once a child becomes a Wildflower camper, we support them for as long as our assistance is needed, up to age 18. This long term commitment is a key component of our mission. Families benefit from our continued support long after the immediate support from family and friends starts to fade.
Each family is paired with a Wildflower family liaison. Each of our trained human services professionals works with the parent and his/her children to listen, provide referrals, help with camp decisions and to generally support the family throughout their healing journey. In addition, Wildflower staff work with the chosen camps to reduce the families’ costs along with providing financial support to cover the balance of the tuition.
We also offer opportunities during the year for campers and their parents to meet one another, and a chance to find kinship and fun with others who understand what their family is going through.