Camp Courage

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Thank you to all those that helped make this year's Camp Courage a huge success!

Camp Courage is a bereavement camp for children ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of someone they love such as a parent, grandparent or friend. The camp provides a supportive and safe environment for them to share their feelings with one another.

Through expressive art activities, games, music and much more, campers have opportunities to:

  • Identify and express feelings
  • Remember and share memories
  • Understand of the nature of grief
  • Learn how to maintain a healthy connection to lost loved ones
  • Develop healthy coping strategies

Family Time

If you’re a parent or guardian, please join us at 3:45 p.m. on camp day to learn about the camp activities and to participate in a time of remembrance.

Staff and Volunteers

Our staff is made up of social workers, bereavement counselors, chaplains, nurses and volunteers who have training and experience in working with children who have lost loved ones.

Make a Donation

Camp Courage is open to children in Johnston County. The camp is made possible by community donations, and there is no charge for children to attend. If you’d like to make a donation, please send it to the address below.

Johnston Health Foundation
Attn: Camp Courage
P.O. Box 1376
Smithfield, NC 27577.


Camp Courage is sponsored by:

UNC Health Johnston Home Care and Hospice
SECU Hospice House of Johnston Health

If you have any questions or cannot register online, please contact April Barbour-Matthews at 919-209-3478 or