Help and Hope for Kids
Chameleon’s Journey™ grief camp 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.
Since its inception in 2000, the annual overnight camp, held at Camp Thunderbird in Lake Wylie, South Carolina, has served over a thousand campers, ages 7-17.
The grief camp revolves around activities that provide opportunities to express grief and other emotions through music, drama, writing, and visual art. Recreational activities are also part of the camp, allowing grieving campers to meet the important need for physical activity. Campers are supported in a confidential, safe, and caring environment and they come away from camp with an increased knowledge of the grieving process. They also develop new relationships to help them realize that they are not alone in their grief.
Chameleon’s Journey is provided free of charge and is made possible through the generous support of community members and civic organizations. Some of our major donors are the Junior League of Charlotte, LLC, Panthers Football. LLC, Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Brunnick, Charlotte South Rotary Charitable Foundation, Inc., Claire Bear's Fund, Ms. Cabell Clay, Mr. and Mrs. Rich Covelli, Ms. Tina Edwards, Mr. John Farley, Mrs. Brooke M. Lyerly, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Pack, SAMCHELLE, LLC, and The Quilters of Conover.