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Camp Rainbow of Hope


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Camp Rainbow of Hope is a residential camp experience held at Camp Hollis for Oswego County children ages 8-12 who have experienced a loss of a loved one. Camp Rainbow of Hope is a place where children can acknowledge their loss of a loved one, develop coping skills, accept the stages of grief, develop an awareness that they are not alone, and celebrate their lives and the lives of those they have lost. Camp Rainbow of Hope is fully funded by Friends of Oswego County Hospice.

Campers are teamed up with a teen “Big Buddy” that will be with the camper throughout the program to help process their experience. In addition to big buddies, the camp also has adult personnel are comfortable with issues of death and dying and are trained on bereavement issues. These adult personnel are on site and include registered nurses, licensed social workers, mental health counselors, teachers, and camping professionals that lead the program.

Campers, big buddies, and adult personnel utilize both interactive and recreational activities to assist campers through their grief.  Interactive activities include storytelling, healing circles, and recreational activities include hiking, swimming, campfires and arts & crafts. These activities along with a memorial service assist the camper in reflecting and sharing memories of their loved one that they are grieving.   

All applications will be reviewed by a committee and parents of eligible children will be notified.  No child is discriminated against for the purpose of admission to Camp Rainbow of Hope.

2020 dates for Camp Rainbow of Hope will be August 17 - 19th, with big buddies and big buddies-in-training arriving August 16th.

Camper Application                  Big Buddy Application

For more information about Camp Rainbow of Hope please call 315-349-8259 or 315 343-5223 or E-mail 

2019 Camp Rainbow of Hope

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2018 Camp Rainbow of Hope

2017 Camp Rainbow of Hope