What is Camp Millie all about?
Camp Millie is a four-day summer bereavement experience where children ages 6- through young teens can find support in coping with the loss of a family member. The atmosphere is filled with energy and hope as campers experience a sense of belonging, trust and acceptance. Campers recognize themselves in each other, feeling less alone. We strive to bring laughter and joy into their lives by providing the opportunity to share their experiences with loss while bonding with peers. Activities include daily grief circles, opportunities for creative and physical expression, and plenty of fun.
What are the criteria for registration and participation?
Before you take the time to complete the Camp Millie Registration, please review our registration information.
When and where is Camp Millie held?
Camp Millie typically runs every year in late June, from 9am to 2pm, Monday thru Thursday. Camp is held on the grounds of Central Community Center (2067 Steelman Road, Lansdale, Pennsylvania) adjacent to Central Schwenkfelder Church. Facilities include a picnic pavilion, game fields and a large air-conditioned building with a gym and meeting rooms. Plenty of space to spread out, rain or shine!
What can kids expect at Camp Millie?
- Age-specific groups for grief activities and discussions, addressing unique challenges.
- Arts and music for creative expressions of feelings and memories
- Whole camp activities to provide a sense of community and belonging
- New understandings of loss
- Exposure to new coping strategies and discovery of personal strengths
- Lots of fun and camaraderie
Who leads camp activities and group discussions?
- Professional therapists and program staff from the Center who regularly work with grieving children facilitate grief circles and additional activities with the assistance of interns, adult, and older teen volunteers.
- Specially trained adult volunteers are paired with campers as “Buddies” to accompany them during all Camp activities
- Therapy dogs provide comfort and furry companionship.
Is there a fee to attend Camp Millie?
The cost to attend Camp Millie is $100 per camper, and discounts are available for siblings and families. A limited number of partial or full scholarships are offered to help relieve those with a financial burden.
How to Get Started
Tell Us About Yourself
Upon receipt of your submitted Registration Form, a member of our Group Program staff will contact you. Together we will determine if Camp Millie is an appropriate program for your child. We cannot wait to hear about your child and discuss any unique needs. If your family is new to us, we will arrange a time to meet you and your child for a short visit at our Center. This helps with first-day nerves! If in agreement, a Camp Consent will be emailed. The camp fee is then due and payable.
Receive support and make connections
Get Ready! In the beginning of June, specific items needed for camp will be emailed to you, along with other details, and a pamphlet about how to support your child during Camp. We cannot wait to spend time with your child at Camp Millie!
What Campers Have to Say…
“I love Camp Millie! Can’t we come all summer long?”
“I was nervous on the first day but now I am definitely coming back again next year!”
What Parents Have to Say…
Please consider how you could help. We greatly appreciate:
Monetary donations to the Center help defray costs and support scholarships
Interested in volunteering as a Camp Buddy, with activities, or as a facilitator?
We also appreciate Gift Cards to stores such as Amazon, Walmart, Michaels and Costco to purchase crafts, game supplies and snacks
• CBEM Changemaker
• Charity Navigator
Individual & Family Grief Counseling
Grief Support Resources
3847 Skippack Pike
P.O. Box 1299
Skippack, PA 19474