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A special program of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, Chameleon’s Journey™ is an overnight grief camp for children and teens coping with the death of a family member or other significant person in their life.  It is based on a journey of discovery by a chameleon that lost a special friend. 

Founded in 2000 and held annually at Camp Thunderbird in Lake Wylie, South Carolina, Chameleon's Journey has served over 1,700 campers.  

chameleon's journey grief camp

A place for children and teens to heal. . .

Chameleon’s Journey™ is an overnight grief camp for children and teens coping with the death of a family member or other significant person in their life.  It is based on a journey of discovery by a chameleon that lost a special friend. 

Founded in 2000 and held annually at Camp Thunderbird in Lake Wylie, South Carolina, Chameleon's Journey has served over 1,700 campers.   
 
The grief camp revolves around activities that provide opportunities to express grief and other emotions through music, movement, visual art, and other forms of expression. Recreational activities are also part of the camp, allowing campers to meet the important need for physical activity - and fun. Campers ranging in age from 7-17, are supported in a confidential, safe, and caring environment and they come away from camp with an increased knowledge of the grieving process and valuable coping skills. They also develop new relationships to help them realize that they are not alone in their grief. Each year, over a dozen former campers who are now 'graduates of the program' come back for the weekend as members of the staff to share their past experiences and give the campers the opportunity to learn from someone who has 'been there'.

Chameleon’s Journey is provided free of charge and is made possible as part of the mission of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region and the generous support of community members and civic organizations.

Applications are now available!

Visit https://www.chameleonsjourney.org/camp-events to apply early and make sure you are a part of the next historic year of Chameleon's Journey.

For more information, please contact us at 704.375.0100 or you may email our camp director, Larry Dawalt, at chameleonsjourney@hpccr.org.

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