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Counselors sought for Tommy’s Kids Camp

Hinsdale – Adventist St. Thomas Hospice is looking for individuals interested in working as a camp counselor for the ninth annual Tommy’s Kids Summer Camp, a children’s bereavement day camp.

While the death of a close friend or family member can be a painful and confusing time for anyone, it is especially difficult for children. Adventist St. Thomas Hospice offers support throughout the year for grieving children through a program called Tommy’s Kids Support Group. Tommy’s Kids Summer Camp allows the hospice to serve an even larger population of kids.

The camp is staffed by Adventist St. Thomas Hospice staff and specially-trained adult volunteers from the community. Those interested in becoming a counselor must be at least 18 years old and out of high school and need only a warm heart, accepting demeanor and a listening ear. Staff at Adventist St. Thomas Hospice will teach you the rest.

A camp counselor training session has been scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Adventist St. Thomas Hospice office, 119 E. Ogden Ave. in Hinsdale. A short interview with the camp director before attending the training session is required to be eligible to attend the training.

For more information about volunteering as a camp counselor, please contact Heather Kochen at (630) 856-6985.

Designed for children ages 5 to 12, Tommy’s Kids Summer Camp will take place daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 16 to 20, 2014 at Arabian Knights Farms, 6526 Clarendon Hills Road, Willowbrook. The cost is $50 per child, with some scholarships available. Enrollment is limited to 30 children because the ratio of campers to counselors is one-to-one.

With the guidance and support of their individual counselor, campers will learn to express themselves through bereavement activities, including journaling exercises, discussions on different types of feelings, puppet shows and a therapy dog visit. Other activities include nature hikes, arts and crafts, miniature golf, obstacle courses and water balloon battles.

“It’s important for grieving children to know that it is still okay to laugh and have fun,” said Kochen, bereavement coordinator for Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, “and at the same time, the camp gives the children the tools and resources to work through their loss.”

The Hinsdale Hospital Foundation is seeking sponsorships and underwriters on behalf of the hospice. For more information, call (630) 856-2000.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.

Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.

Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, christopher.lafortune@ahss.org; (630) 856-2354.




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