Catholic Family Services readies Camp Sydney for June

Catholic Family Services is gearing up for a children’s grief camp in June.

“Camp Sydney” will be held at Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center June 16-17.

The two day camp for children, youth and their families is designed to be an educational and experiential camp for coping with the death of a loved one.

“It is important for children to recognize and express feelings of grief. Children need a continued sense of hope and healing for the future as they experience behavioral changes during their period of grieving,” said Dr. Marcie Moran, director, Catholic Family Services.

“There is no time limit to grieving, so whether it’s been two months or ten years since the loss of a loved one, all are welcome to join in learning how to adjust and cope with the loss,” said Dr. Moran.

In age related groups, the children will have an opportunity to share their grief experiences and learn that they are not alone in their feelings.

Throughout the weekend, children and youth will learn about topics related to the grieving process.

Catholic Family Services is seeking out potential participants to attend the camp and volunteers to work with the camp in various capacities.

CFS will be reaching out to people that may be interested in volunteering and serving those who attend the camp.

Camp Sydney will begin on Saturday June 16 at 10 a.m. and run through Sunday at 11 a.m. for young people 7 years of age through 17 and their families.

There are numerous volunteer positions available.
All volunteers will need to complete safe environment training, a background check and need to attend one of three trainings offered.

Those interested in signing up for the camp as a participant or a volunteer can call 1-800-700-7867 or 605-988-3775 or can e-mail

Headlines, Local, March 2018