Camp Courage

Camp Courage is a one-day bereavement camp for children age 6-16 who have experienced the death of a family member or someone close to them. This could include a sibling, parent, grandparent, friend, or any other loved one. Camp Courage provides a supportive and safe environment for children to share feelings with others who have experienced the loss of someone.

Registration is closed for the Summer 2014 session.

At Camp Courage, campers have the opportunity to:

  • Identify and express feelings related to the death of their loved one.
  • Remember and share memories of their loved one.
  • Gain an understanding of the nature of grief.
  • Discover creative ways to maintain a healthy connection to their loved one who has died.
  • Commemorate the life of their loved one.

Family Time

Parents/guardians are invited to join their children on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. to learn about the camp activities and to participate in a time of remembrance.

Staff and Volunteers

The staff and volunteers at Camp Courage are trained to work with children who have lost a loved one. Camp staff will include social workers, bereavement counselors, chaplains, nurses, volunteers and others.

Camp Activities

Camp activities will include games, expressive art activities, music and much more!


Camp Courage is open to any child in Johnston County and surrounding areas, and Girl Scouts in eastern North Carolina. It is offered free of charge and is made possible by community donations. If you would like to make a contribution, donations can be mailed to:

Johnston Health Foundation
Attn: Camp Courage
P.O. Box 1376
Smithfield, NC 27577.

Camp Courage is sponsored by:

Johnston Health Home Care and Hospice
SECU Hospice House of Johnston Health
Girl Scouts of America