As school lets out for summer, countless students face uncertainty at home. Help us provide a healing experience for these vulnerable children with a gift to support Kids’ Kamp today!
Each summer, StarVista’s The Children’s Place program offers a week-long Kids’ Kamp event hosted by Camp Cazadero near the Russian River, where children are able to put aside the stress and concerns of living in a chemically dependent family, and have fun while also having a chance to learn, grow, and heal. Earlier this month in June, the Camp Cazadero site called to let us know they were closing indefinitely, and so for the first time in over 25 years, there will be no Kids’ Kamp held at the site.
We have explored the possibility of having a virtual Kids’ Kamp for the first week in August. Program Director Merle Saber consulted with the program’s originator, Jerry Moe, and discovered that he was already providing virtual services through the Betty Ford Clinic in Los Angeles, and it was working very well.
We are very happy to announce that StarVista will have a wonderful and creative version of Kids’ Kamp, with stories, singing, movement, activities and of course a few lessons. A weeklong activities package will be delivered to all participants along with some snacks and treats, and we are currently enrolling clients 1st grade through 6th grade.
Traditionally, this sleep-away camp is a culmination of the education and support that our school and community-based counseling program The Children’s Place offers, giving kids a chance to solidify the self-care skills that they have learned while participating in the program.
The camp takes place the first week of August, and promises the young clients from substance–abusing homes 7 days of swimming, hiking, exploring the redwoods, discovering creeks, barbecues, campfires, sleeping out under the stars, sing-a-longs and storytelling time. They also get to learn the “story” of addiction, and that they didn’t cause it, they can’t fix it or make it better, but they can ask for help, make healthy choices, and choose a different journey from their family’s journey. The program has expanded to include elementary school age clients, peer counselors, junior and senior counselors. We have some youth attending this annual event for 10 or more years.
Please help us and donate today to make this first virtual Kids’ Kamp a success.
The Kids’ Kamp is of course free, and if you know of anyone who would like to attend, please have them reach out to Clarise Blanchard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every summer with your support, StarVista’s The Children’s Place program is able to send a group of deserving children to a camping adventure of a lifetime: Kids’ Kamp!
This sleep-away camp is a culmination of the education and support that our school and community-based counseling program The Children’s Place offers, giving kids a chance to solidify the self-care skills that they have learned while participating in the program. During the camp the children participate in support groups that focus on The Children’s Place curriculum topics: Feelings, Communication, Defenses, Problem-Solving, Decision Making, Staying Safe, and One’s Uniqueness. The children also have opportunities to relax and just “be a kid” in a safe and supportive environment.
StarVista’s The Children’s Place program offers prevention services for children of parents who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. In an effort to break the cycle of addiction, the program uses education and counseling to teach the children about addiction, help them learn healthy coping and safety skills, build their self-esteem, and help them realize that they are not alone.
This summer, a total of 40 children are expected to attend camp at a picturesque campsite in Sonoma Valley. Thanks to generous contributions from our individual donors and supporters, at no cost to them. We are aware that the CDC has issued its recommendations for camps, including social distancing, screening and extra disinfecting. The CDC also directed camps to follow state and local rules. StarVista is still waiting to hear what those will be. We have our camp scheduled for the week of August 2, and we are still hoping to hold Kids’ Kamp this summer, we are waiting to see what happens as we get closer to planned lift dates for shelter-in-place orders.
We are grateful for your past support of Kids’ Kamp and ask that you once again help us provide this amazing opportunity for 40 deserving children. Please help us provide these children a life-changing summer.
Sara Larios Mitchell, Ph.D., MACP