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P-G offers terrific recap of Camp Lloyd 2015

Press-Gazette Media reporter Todd McMahon captured the 10th annual edition of Camp Lloyd, June 22-26, in an excellent feature story. McMahon quotes some of the young participants at the special camp for children ages 7-14 coping with the loss of a loved one. He also talked to Prof. Illene Cupit of Human Development, the camp founder, lead grief counselor Gail Trimberger of the Social Work faculty, and several UW-Green Bay students trained as camp counselors. One mother interviewed for the story said her two sons, rocked by the sudden passing of their father, were filled with enjoyment and encouragement as first-time Camp Lloyd participants. She called the camp “just a great place for them to share their feelings and not feel like they are very much different than other kids.” Read more.

10th annual Camp Lloyd demonstrates success, growth of grief camp

What began with nine children in 2006 has close to 50 participants pre-registered this year. The 10th annual edition of Camp Lloyd, UW-Green Bay’s innovative summer camp helping children cope with the loss of a loved one, is set for Monday through Friday (June 22-26) headquartered at the Mauthe Center. Camp Lloyd’s founder, Human Development Prof. Illene Cupit, says the program offers children ages 7-14 the chance to engage in traditional summer camp activities such as games, swimming and crafts, while also providing specialized activities and trained staff (primarily UW-Green Bay student “buddies” and interns) to help campers work through their grief. From kayaking to swimming, compassionate canine visits to working out with the basketball team, making memory boxes, videos and tie-dye creations, it’s a full week culminating in Friday’s 3 p.m. closing ceremony.

Cupit interview at national conference spotlights Camp Lloyd

Prof. Illene Cupit of Human Development taped an interview last month at the Association for Death Education Conference in San Antonio. Her interview, in which she talks about grief camps in general, and UW-Green Bay and the summer Camp Lloyd for children in particular, is newly posted on the nationally prominent Open to Hope grief website. See Cupit’s interview, posted to YouTube.

Cupit column reflects gratitude for donations to endow Camp Lloyd

We told you here recently about UW-Green Bay Prof. (and recent Founders Award winner) Illene Cupit, and the “Telawhopper Classic” Charity Golf Outing that raised $24,000 for the summer grief camp she founded in 2006. We also told you that Cupit was surprised on convocation day not only by her award, but also by the visit of Camp Lloyd supporters Jenny Kuhn-Schrickel and Sue Johnson, who came bearing news that an additional $1,000 had been donated — enough for the $25,000 total needed to endow the camp and ensure its future at UW-Green Bay. In addition to privately expressing her gratitude, Cupit penned a column of thanks that ran Wednesday (Sept. 10) in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Read column.


A day to remember for Cupit and Camp Lloyd fans

top-cupitOn the morning Prof. Illene Cupit (at center) was announced as the 2014 recipient of the Founders Award for Excellence in Community Outreach, there was double reason to celebrate.

The award brought not only more well-deserved recognition for Cupit’s important and effective Camp Lloyd venture, but a visit from a pair of community partners with news of an additional donation to help secure the Camp’s future in working with children experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Camp Lloyd fans Jenny Kuhn-Schrickel (at left) and Sue Johnson (right) had been tipped off in advance that Cupit would be receiving the prestigious community involvement award, primarily for her tireless efforts with the camp. They rearranged their schedules to surreptitiously join the Phoenix Room audience of more than 500 for the annual UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff Convocation opening the school year, where the awards are announced.

“I had no idea they were here until after the ceremony,” a smiling Cupit said afterward. “I didn’t see them at all.”

Kuhn-Schrickel and Johnson had a good view of their friend’s surprised, almost overwhelmed reaction when her name was called — the winner’s identities are a closely guarded secret — and they joined in the crowd’s loud ovation and cheering as Cupid walked on stage to accept the honor.

After all the hugs and congratulations, the three compared notes on the latest development involving Camp Lloyd. Johnson shared word that an additional $1,000 had been donated this week to reach the goal of $25,000 to fully endow future camps, in memory of her late husband, Charlie.

Charlie Johnson, a well-liked employees of nearly 15 years with Imperial Supplies, died in 2013 at the age of 44 after a battle with cancer. Charlie and Sue’s son participated in the week-long Camp Lloyd both summers since, and enjoyed his experience.

In appreciation, Sue Johnson, a senior vice president with Associated Bank, worked with Kuhn-Schrickel of Imperial to see about dedicating to Camp Lloyd the $24,000 proceeds of a recent fundraiser in Charlie’s honor. The third annual “Telawhopper Classic” Charity Golf Outing in Memory of Charlie Johnson took place with a full day of golfing at the Woods Golf Club of Green Bay on Aug. 16. The annual outing represents the inspiration of Imperial colleagues who wanted to honor Johnson by helping others. Corporate sponsors included The Grainger Foundation, Imperial Supplies and Associated Bank.

The cumulative donation of $25,000, Cupit says, “reaches our target for endowing the camp, and ensuring that Camp Lloyd will be serving grieving children in our community for many years to come. We are exceptionally grateful.”

Cupit, a professor of psychology in UW-Green Bay’s Human Development academic unit, organized the first Camp Lloyd in 2006 and named it for a family member who had to deal with the death of his father at a very young age. Cupit envisioned the experience as a typical, fun summer camp, but one that provides a place for participating children to discover that there are other kids like them, and to learn that grieving is natural. The UW-Green Bay students who staff the camp — undergrads and advanced students completing field work in counseling or therapy — gain professional-level experience in the process.

Charity golf outing earmarks $24,000 for Camp Lloyd

On Aug. 16, the third annual “Telawhopper Classic” Charity Golf Outing in Memory of Charlie Johnson took place with a full day of golfing at the Woods Golf Club of Green Bay. Johnson was a well-liked employee of nearly 15 years with Imperial Supplies who, sadly, died in 2013 at the age of 44 after a battle with cancer. The annual outing represents the inspiration of Imperial colleagues who wanted to honor Johnson by helping others. With the support of corporate sponsors including The Grainger Foundation, Imperial Supplies and Associated Bank — along with the participation of many community donors and golfers — a whopping $24,000 was raised from this year’s event. The campus connection? The beneficiary of this year’s Classic is Camp Lloyd at UW-Green Bay. “We were proud to have Charlie’s son as a camper for the past two summers,” says Prof. Illene Cupit of Human Development, the camp’s founder and director. “With only $1,000 more we can reach our target for endowing the camp, and ensure that Camp Lloyd will be serving grieving children in our community for many years to come. Truly this is university-community connections at is best.”

From Racine to Poughkeepsie, Camp Lloyd making headlines

Word of UW-Green Bay’s Camp Lloyd reached a wider audience this weekend, as the Associated Press picked up Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter Rachel Minske’s story on the program. The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Poughkeepsie Journal and The Journal Times of Racine were among the outlets that carried the story on UW-Green Bay’s summer camp for grieving kids, begun in 2006 by Human Development Prof. Illene Cupit. You can check out the story below, along with our UW-Green Bay News video from camp:
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Poughkeepsie Journal
The Journal Times
UW-Green Bay News video

Plus: Camp Lloyd campers get ‘Happy’ with music video
As part of a week filled with plenty of fun (and some serious stuff, too), the Camp Lloyd campers and staff made their own video rendition of Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” at Lambeau Cottage. Plenty of lighthearted, toe-tapping fun, here:

Fun, healing go hand-in-hand at special UW-Green Bay summer camp

Camp LloydOf all the Camp Lloyd activities that blend the fun of being a kid with the serious challenge of coping with a loved one’s death, it is the making of a memory box that is perhaps the most special.

Campers assemble and decorate the boxes themselves, placing photos and mementos of loved ones inside.

“You get to build your memory box … and then you can paint it however you want,” said 13-year-old Sasha, “and you get to put stuff in there that you like and remind(s) you of them.”

Sasha is in her second year at UW-Green Bay’s Camp Lloyd, making another special memory box to honor her mom, who died three years ago of pancreatic cancer.

“Her favorite color was blue, so I colored it with blue,” Sasha said, “and I put a pancreatic cancer symbol on the back and I put ‘mom’ on the front.”

Sasha’s big buddy, UW-Green Bay senior Olyvia Kuchta, is there for the fun — and for the tough stuff, too.

“It’s just been amazing — I just love to see the kids, how they respond to all of the supportive environment that we have here,” Kuchta said. “It’s just great for them to be able to have support because they’re dealing with some really heavy issues. But we get to be funny and have fun and just do different activities — so it’s great, and I love to be a part of it.”

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Begun in 2006 by UW-Green Bay Professor Illene Cupit, Camp Lloyd is designed to normalize grief and build self-esteem for kids who have experienced a loss. But that’s not all.

“The other thing that we try to do is show the kids that it’s OK to still be a kid,” Cupit said. “Many of them grow up very fast, feeling guilty for having a good time, for laughing, experiencing some of the joys of childhood. And we let them know that that’s OK and that their loved ones would want them to do these things.

Big buddies like Kuchta, a Psychology major, receive special training to work with the kids, and many return to Camp Lloyd after earning advanced degrees in counseling.

“And it’s just so gratifying to see not only the transformation in the campers,” Cupit said, “but the transformation in my students.”

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After a week packed with fun and healing, the campers will leave with reminders — both tangible and intangible — that they’re not alone. It’s a difference, Cupit says, that lasts.

“By the end of the week, they have been so transformed,” she said. “ … You can just see on their faces, a magical transformation. They don’t look like the same kid that we see on Monday.”

New video: A story of fun, healing from UW-Green Bay’s Camp Lloyd

We told you here yesterday that the week is quickly wrapping up for the campers and buddies at Camp Lloyd, UW-Green Bay’s signature program for kids who are grieving the loss of a loved one. UW-Green Bay News spent some time at camp Wednesday, capturing the special blend of childhood fun and tough-stuff coping that makes Camp Lloyd the program it is. Our video introduces you to 13-year-old Sasha and her big buddy Olyvia, and features camp founder and Human Development Prof. Illene Cupit talking about the week. See the video.

Covering Camp Lloyd: Media tell story of special place for grieving kids

One of UW-Green Bay’s most unique summer camp offerings is in the news this morning, as the Green Bay Press-Gazette and NBC 26 on Wednesday sent reporters to cover the festivities at Camp Lloyd. As Log readers may recall, this special program for grieving kids blends traditional camp activities (swimming, arts and crafts, games, you name it) with special sessions designed to help young people deal with the loss of a loved one. Prof. Illene Cupit started Camp Lloyd in 2006 as a way to normalize grief, help kids cope and show them they’re not alone. As Cupit told the Press-Gazette, campers learn “It’s OK to still be a kid.” Click below for that story and a video, as well as coverage from NBC 26:
Green Bay Press-Gazette story
NBC 26 story