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A TUITION-FREE SUMMER BEREAVEMENT CAMP, LOCATED IN MAINE. OPEN TO CHILDREN AGES
8-17 WHO ARE SURVIVORS OF A LOVED ONE'S SUICIDE.
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2024 Dates Are Not Yet Determined
OUR SUMMER CAMP: OUR FLAGSHIP PROGRAM.

Held in a traditional camp setting, the camp provides all of the quintessential experiences of any rural summer camp. In addition, the camp provides clinical professionals who lead small peer support sessions and offer 24/7 trauma support.  
 
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Our last camp session was held in August of 2023.

To see pictures of our session, visit our Facebook page.

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CAMP LIFE.

During camp, our campers do the hard work of reflecting on their loss from suicide, but they also have have a lot of fun. We balance age-appropriate peer support groups, led by mental health professionals ("Kita Group"), with restorative activities to ease our campers into safe and meaningful conversations about their grief.

LOSS-ORIENTED SUPPORT & PROGRAMMING:
  • KITA GROUP: All campers participate in a daily therapeutic group experience (Kita Group) of 8-10 campers of similar ages that includes discussions, activities, and skill-building specifically for suicide loss survivors. 

  • KITA ZONE:  Led by trained crisis professionals, Kita Zone offers a safe place for individual and responsive 24/7 trauma support for campers during camp.

  • KITA CONNECT: Kita Connect offers a chance for campers to have guided 1:1 conversations and connection-building activities to encourage mentor to mentee relationships within camper groups. 

  • MENTORS: Mentors are adults with lived-experience who participate in camp alongside the campers. They role model healthy coping strategies, and develop close relationships with the campers. 

RESTORATIVE & NATURE PROGRAMMING:

The majority of the camper's days are spent doing active and restorative traditional camp activities, such as:

  • Sports/games

  • Hiking

  • Nature education, and outdoor skills

  • Challenge courses

  • Woodworking

  • Art, photography

  • Canoeing

  • Swimming 

  • Archery

  • Yoga/mindfulness

  • Fishing

Interested in supporting KITA programs like these?

Our Application Process

We use a third-party, secure and HIPPA compliant software at Camp Kita to accept applications. The application will require a $50 deposit to complete, which will be fully refundable when your camper arrives to camp. All campers will be placed on a waitlist until their application is 100% complete. Once complete, our Clinical Admissions Director, will  begin to review the application. While you can begin your application at anytime, the review process will begin no sooner than March 1st, and will close June 1st (or earlier if capacity is met). 

 

Our application process is very thorough. We want to know our campers well so we can best support them at camp. Our Clinical Admissions Director is a mental health professional, and she will be reviewing to application to determine camper readiness. This process may take several weeks to complete. 

 

Questions? Watch our recording where we answer some of our most frequently asked questions regarding our application.

Please email smosher@campkita.com if you need assistance with the application deposit. We never want our deposit to be a barrier to your child attending Camp Kita. 

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