Spots still available at UW-Green Bay summer camp for grieving children

Registration remains open for Camp Lloyd, the UW-Green Bay summer camp for children grieving the loss of a loved one.

The 2013 camp will take place from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21 at the Mauthe Center on the campus of UW-Green Bay. An orientation for parents/guardians and campers will be held from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 15.

Camp Lloyd combines traditional day camp activities, such as arts and crafts, singing, swimming and games, with special sessions and activities designed to help campers explore their own experiences of grief. Camp Lloyd lets kids know they’re not alone, and that they can find support from each other, and from friends, family members and trained professionals.

“We want to show the kids that it’s OK to have a good time, even when they’ve suffered a loss,” said camp founder and UW-Green Bay Prof. Illene Cupit, an expert on death, dying and bereavement. “The camp structure allows kids to be kids, while at the same time helping them process and cope with their grief.”

The Camp Lloyd staff consists of professional grief counselors and trained student interns — Camp Lloyd “buddies” — from UW-Green Bay. Special grief activities include visits from therapy dogs, healing circles discussions, making “memory boxes” to honor loved ones who have died, and a special closing ceremony.

Online registration for Camp Lloyd is available through June 7 at Cost is $40 per camper or $55 per family; please contact Cupit at (920) 465-2703 or if you require financial assistance. Please note that returning campers who have two or more years of Camp Lloyd experience will be accepted into the program on a case-by-case basis. Applications past June 7 will be accepted on a space-available basis, and questions about availability can be directed to Cupit at the number or email address above.

For more information on Camp Lloyd, including a photo gallery and resources on grief, visit the camp homepage at