Comfort Zone provides grieving children with a voice, a place and a community in which to heal, grow and lead more fulfilling lives.
Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit 501(c)3 bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. The free camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone Camps are offered to children 7-17, and are held year-round in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia.
Comfort Zone envisions a world where grieving children are not forgotten or left to grieve alone, and are supported by a wide community that understands and appreciates them.
Comfort Zone is truly an amazing place! Not only are you helping kids grow and learn coping skills you are having ALOT of fun! I have volunteered over 10 times because I am obsessed! Definitely worth at least looking into and trying it once. Chances are it will change your life!
My sister informed me about Comfort Zone Camp in 2008. Since then, I’ve been to 6 camps and recruited many people who continue to go as well. This camp is amazing and truly life changing. The training before camp is very informative and interesting. It gives you an insight of what to expect before going to camp. I’ve met many wonderful people while volunteering here and look forward to meeting many more at future camps!
I found Comfort Zone Camp through a Volunteer Match search in January 2008. A week later I attended a training and went to my first camp that March. I have been volunteering ever since! I have been to 11 camps and even traveled to Boston to volunteer during their day camps as a Big Buddy. There are no words to describe the truly wonderful people I have met along the way. I have made many great friendships as well. If you are afraid to volunteer because you have not had a loss- please do not be. All you need to be is a good listener. This organization has changed my life. I am very grateful for it.
Comfort Zone Camp has personally helped me in so many ways. I know first hand the benefits it has on a child because I was once a camper. At my first camp I was nervous being away with my friends for a whole weekend, but it turned out to be worth it. Plus, I made a ton of new friends who keep me going back to camp year after year. Now, I volunteer for CZC helping kids just like me. My favorite part about camp is the Saturday night bonfire because not only do you get to toast marshmallows, but you get to join in singing silly repeat-after-me songs!
I was very skeptical about giving up a weekend when I first volunteered for camp. My friend had been doing it and asked me to give it a try. But it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Helping a child grieve, grow and heal, even just a little bit, is an amazing privilege. Plus, there’s the s’mores!