Camp Sunrise sign-ups due July 28

Tuesday morning's sunrise in Topaz Ranch Estates. Photo special to The R-C by John Flaherty

Tuesday morning's sunrise in Topaz Ranch Estates. Photo special to The R-C by John Flaherty

The annual Camp Sunrise children’s bereavement camp serving children ages 7-14, who have experienced the death of a loved one or other significant loss is Aug. 11-13. The overnight grief camp takes place at Galilee Camp and Retreat Center in Glenbrook.

Under the guidance of professional bereavement staff and volunteers, campers have the opportunity to meet with other children who have experienced similar losses and participate in activities involving art, music, and recreation. The children also attend daily support groups, enabling them to further explore their grief and work through any unresolved issues. All activities, including lodging and meals, come at no cost to campers.

“Teens and children grieve differently than adults, and have additional needs when it comes to loss,” said Camp Sunrise Director Tina Bruess, a grief counselor with Barton Hospice Staff. “This is why Camp Sunrise is so important — we assist campers in developing healthy coping skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.”

Applicants are subject to an interview. Interviews will be scheduled after receipt of a completed registration form. Residents of the Lake Tahoe, Carson City, and Carson Valley may apply. Space is limited; applications must be returned by July 28.

Camp Sunrise is sponsored by Barton Home Health and Hospice and the Barton Foundation. It takes place annually in August and all campers must apply to attend. Camper applications are available online at or you may obtain one by emailing or calling Tina Bruess at 530-543-5592.


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