New Camp Allows Children of Fallen Firefighters to Have Fun and Find Comfort
Many adults have fond memories of camp as a place for kids to make new friends, try different activities, and explore new possibilities. Now, a unique camp for the children and step-children of firefighters who died in the line of duty will provide all these opportunities, as well as the special comfort and support that they need to cope with their loss.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), in partnership with Comfort Zone Camps, today introduced the Hal Bruno Camp for Children of Fallen Firefighters. This bereavement camp is for children between the ages of 7 and 17 whose parent or step-parent died in the line of duty. The camp will be held Friday, June 8, through Sunday, June 10, at Camp Hanover in Mechanicsville, VA. The weekend of fun and structured activities provides children from across the country the opportunity to meet others in their age group with similar experiences. They will be able to share their stories, learn skills to cope with their loss, receive one-on-one support from a Big Buddy, and have time to reflect and remember their parents in a positive and nurturing environment.
The new camp also honors the memory of Hal Bruno, the late Chairman Emeritus of the NFFF's Board of Directors. "Hal was wholly dedicated to helping the survivors find the support and comfort they need as they rebuild their lives following the death of their firefighter," said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF. "For the Foundation to offer a fun and therapeutic camp just for the children of the fallen would make him very proud."
In addition to covering the costs for the campers, the Foundation will also provide lodging near the campsite and local transportation for the parents. "We wanted to be certain that any children who want to take part in this valuable weekend will have that opportunity," said Linda Hurley, the Foundation's Director of Survivor Programs.
For more information on Comfort Zone Camp please go to: www.ComfortZoneCamp.org.