UW-Green Bay’s Camp Lloyd adds hours to help grieving kids

Green Bay, Wis. — Camp Lloyd, a weeklong day camp for children ages 7 to 14 who are grieving the loss of loved ones, returns to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay next week. This year’s camp — offered Sunday through Friday, June 24-29, 2018, has some big changes, said camp director and creator Prof. Illene Cupit.

“For the first time we are going to offer a family-style camp on Sunday, where children and their parents or guardians can participate in activities together,” Noppe said. “We hope that this will give families an opportunity to all participate in several grief-related and fun activities, and help ease new campers into our program.  The rest of the week will then focus on the kids.

Camp days start at 8:30 a.m. and last until 4:30 p.m. Camp is stationed at the University Union.

Popular activities that have been a part of camp include daily healing circles, arts and crafts, singing songs and playing music, tie-dying, quiddich, swimming, Bay Beach, kayaking, drum circles, archery and many more.

Camp Lloyd provides a safe and fun environment for children to learn they’re not alone in dealing with grief. It gives campers time to explore their own experiences of grief, realize their feelings are normal and find support from one another.

The Camp Lloyd staff includes 30 UW-Green Bay student “Buddies” who form special bonds with the campers. This year 4/5 grief therapists were former Camp Lloyd Buddies who have gone on to graduate school in clinical psychology, school psychology or counseling. “We’re excited and ready to meet and work with our new kids,” said Cupit.  “We want to give them a wonderful week that will hopefully help them learn how to cope and learn that it’s OK to find joy in life again.”

Camp Lloyd started as a dream of Cupit, a professor of Human Development at UW-Green Bay. The camp is funded by the generosity of UW-Green Bay, community donors, the Green Bay Packers.  This year a scholarship has been set up by a community donor to help children who otherwise would not be able to afford to come. More information is available online at http://www.uwgb.edu/camplloyd/.

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