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Registration Open for Camp Agape Bereavement Program for Kids; Volunteers Welcome

Camp Agape children's bereavement camp is now registering campers. Go to or call (830) 385-8916. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

HOOVER’S VALLEY — Dealing with the loss of a loved one is tough. For children, it’s even harder because they now feel like they’re different from other kids or don’t quite know how to deal with their emotions.

That’s where Camp Agape bereavement camp for children comes in. The Christian-based camp, free to ages 7-12, offers kids a place to connect with other young people dealing with loss as well as develop the skills and techniques to work through their grief once the camp is over.

“I love that Camp Agape allows these precious children to come meet others with similar losses so they no longer feel alone in their grief, and it truly gives them hope for their future,” said Christen McVaney, the camp’s executive director.

Registration is now open for this year’s camp, which is July 16-19 at Camp Buckner Retreat and Conference Center, 3835 RM 2342 in Hoover’s Valley, located between Burnet and Kingsland. The camp has space for 52 children.

Along with group therapy sessions and art and music activities to help children through their grief, Camp Agape also provides all the normal summer fun such as swimming, archery, and fishing. Some children make friendships that last well beyond the four days of camp.

Camp Agape uses the “Buddy” system. Each camper is teamed up with an adult Buddy, who serves as a mentor during the four-day program. The adult is there to help the camper in any way he or she can, sometimes just offering a listening ear. In addition, the camp has professional counselors/therapists, a chaplain, and a host of other volunteers, who are always welcome.

Go to or call (830) 385-8916, for more information, to register your child, or to sign up as a volunteer.

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