Camp Conquer began as a private donation to provide children affected by the loss of their homes due to flooding with grief services.
With additional donations and leveraging The Hospice of Baton Rouge’s network of volunteers, a five-day camp became a reality for children in Baton Rouge, La. Because of the success of the inaugural program, Camp Conquer will be available again in late December with a focus on dealing with grief during the holidays.
Camp Conquer taught children how to identify, express, and most importantly conquer their emotions through activities that took them through five stages of grief. Each day, children were broken up into separate age groups so counselors can provide specialized activities and guidance. Because the camp ran solely on donations and volunteers it was free of charge for all children that attended.
“It has always been a dream of mine to provide children grief support in a fun, camp-like setting,” said Denise Domingue,Camp Conquer Coordinator and Social Worker Coordinator at The Hospice of Baton Rouge. “Through our hospice services, we are very familiar with how to help families deal with grief.”
It is common for parents to keep up a strong front for children to help them through a loss, but in reality it may be healthier and more effective to allow children to express their emotions freely in a way that promotes healing.
“When we received the donation for grief counseling specifically for children, we knew we wanted to use it as a launch pad into something greater and more meaningful,” said Catherine Schendel, CEO at The Hospice of Baton Rouge. “It’s been incredible to see how much support we received the first time hosting Camp Conquer and we look forward to bringing it back even bigger this December to help as many children in our community as possible.”
Registration for Camp Conquer will open in late Fall.
The inaugural program was made possible by the generous support of:
Family Youth Service Center
Thee Heavenly Donut – Highland Rd.
PaPa Johns Pizza Jefferson Hwy
Louisiana Army National Guard
The Wonderful Volunteers from The Hospice of Baton Rouge
Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church
Airbrush Me LLC – Shannon (owner)
Goss Wealth Management
LSU Vet School Tiger Hats – Diane Sylvester and Friends