Camp Hope to open at Pleasant Hill

ASHLAND—Hospice of North Central Ohio (HNCO), which represents Hospice of Ashland County, Hospice of Knox County, and Hospice of Richland County, has opened registration for its 2018 day camp for children ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or significant loved one.

Camp Hope will take place June 19 through 22 at Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp in Perrysville. The camp teaches coping and thriving skills, provides healing and offers a variety of opportunities for grieving children to have fun.

Hundreds of local families have been helped by this day-camp program which is available not only to those children whose loved ones were served in hospice care, but to all children in the community.

Campers will be encouraged to process emotions related to grief during activities including swimming, hiking, art, quiet sharing, music, games, and even horseback riding. This year’s Harry Potter theme will add a new dimension to the traditional camp activities.

Kathy Wantland, Bereavement Coordinator at Hospice of Knox County, said “Camp Hope provides organized play, creativity, and quiet sharing to remind children they are not alone in their grief and that it’s okay to just be a kid.”

Said Bereavement Coordinator Kailey Bradley, “The campers draw strength from each other and the increased awareness that they are not alone in their feelings.”

There is a $30 registration fee per camper with scholarships available for those who need assistance. To register or for more information, call 800-952-2207 as soon as possible as spaces are limited. Applications are also available online at

Hospice of North Central Ohio serves those dealing with chronic and terminal illnesses and anyone journeying through the loss of a loved one in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Morrow, and Richland counties.

This shows the activities of kids who were attending Camp Hope at Pleasant Hill. Submitted photo
This shows the activities of kids who were attending Camp Hope at Pleasant Hill. Submitted photo


Staff report