Camp Cocoon

Camp Cocoon is a weekend camp for children and adolescents, ages 6-17, who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Campers have the opportunity to meet other young people who are going through similar loss situations. While having fun in a safe and caring environment, campers begin to feel comfortable sharing their stories and learning from their peers who understand what it’s like to experience bereavement.

“They had fun and felt comfortable sharing about their mom who passed in March of this year. I’m glad this camp is available for children! I think this lets the kids know they are not the only one who have experienced losing their loved one.” - Parent of a camper

Camp Cocoon gives young people the tools – both emotionally and spiritually – to deal with devastating changes. The camp experience helps participants develop from a feeling of loss to a celebration of life, from confusion to understanding, from cocoons to butterflies!

All About Camp

Staff and Volunteers

The camp is fully staffed by experienced volunteer professionals consisting of doctors, chaplains, nurses, social workers, bereavement coordinators, trained caregivers and others who feel strongly about this important work.

Camp Cocoon maintains a camper to counselor ratio of approximately 1:1.

Accommodations

Campers sleep in cabins with small groups of same-sex campers in similar age brackets. 

Meals provided include dinner Friday night, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a s’mores cookout on Saturday, and breakfast and a box lunch on Sunday. Additionally, a free camp canteen is available for snacks or forgotten items.

All campers receive t-shirts, water bottles, and drawstring bags with camp supplies. 

Activities

  • Skits and plays to encourage children to talk about their grief.
  • Arts and crafts to help children memorialize their lost loved ones.
  • “Ask the Nurse” – a time designated to encourage children to ask health questions they may be afraid to ask at home.
  • Swimming, a talent show, and marshmallow roasting around the campfire – to let kids be kids!
  • A live butterfly release on the final day.

2019 Camp Cocoon Details

Date: August 23-25, 2019
Ages: 6-17
Location: Camp Chattooga, Athens Y Girls Camp – Tallulah Falls, GA
80 miles north of Atlanta (Transportation Available)
Cost: $25 per child administration fee (scholarships available)
Registration Deadline: July 15, 2019

“I appreciate all you do for the children who have suffered a loss.

It is wonderful that they can be around other children who feel the same as they do.” - Parent of a camper

“They couldn’t stop talking about their weekend at Camp Cocoon.

I heard all about new friendships, talent shows, cabin parents, and how they couldn’t wait to return next year!” - Parent of a camper

Camp Cocoon volunteer

Volunteer at Camp Cocoon

We are now accepting applications for volunteer staff for Camp Cocoon 2019.
Application Deadline: July 15, 2019

Camper Stories

“Camp Cocoon has pretty much everything you could want. It has great groups and counselors who will listen to you, Camp Cocoon is a place where you can be open, you don’t have to hide your feelings. I have been to multiple different camps, and this is by far one of the best.” - James, camper

“When I made my pillow for my dad, it helped me remember who he was. Putting a picture of him in there is awesome, because it's something I can hold onto at nighttime” - Breasia, Camper

Parent Story

“Camp Cocoon was a life changing experience for my 2 boys who were 11 and 5 when their baby sister passed away shortly after her birth.

The first year at camp they were really able to connect with other kids who were grieving and developed trusting relationships with their bereavement counselors and house parents. When they found out many of the friends they met would be returning the next year, they couldn’t wait to go back.

After the conclusion of camp the second year I found out that my oldest son was not only still struggling with the death of his sister, but he was also still dealing with the death of his great-grandmother who passed away the year before his sister. He is the type of child that doesn’t like to share his feelings, but through this experience he was able to open up to his entire group about how he was feeling. He found camp to be a safe place to connect with other kids like him, and he learned so many techniques and tools to help him process those feelings.

Some of my kids best memories are at Camp Cocoon, and I am so thankful they were able to help my boys get through a very difficult time.” - Hollie Henry, Hospice AVP and parent of campers

Volunteer Story

“After a full day of bonding with campers through activities and bereavement, I experienced an emotional moment with several of the older campers. As we stood around the campfire making s’mores, we noticed a collection of bricks engraved with the names of loved ones who had passed away. One of the older female campers pointed out a brick engraved with her father’s name. She shared a few memories with the group about times she spent with him growing up and how difficult it has been for her to start high school without him. The interaction left us all with tears in our eyes as the campers shared a group hug. It was heart-warming to see the love and support that the campers shared with the volunteers and one another - especially considering we started the week as strangers.” - Meredith Pounds, volunteer

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