Barton’s annual "Camp Sunrise" welcomes volunteers and campers |

Barton’s annual "Camp Sunrise" welcomes volunteers and campers

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Volunteers are key to the success of Camp Sunrise, a bereavement camp for children, and are needed for the camp June 17-19. The Barton Foundation’s annual Camp Sunrise will be held at Galilee Camp & Conference Center in Glenbrook.

Camp Sunrise is founded on the understanding that every child deserves the opportunity to grieve in a safe, supportive and understanding environment. The camp is funded by the Barton Foundation and is a program of Barton Hospice.

Designed for children ages 7 through 14, the camp was created for children who have experienced the death of a family member.

“It is important for children to address and work through their grief in order that their feelings of grief do not ‘go underground’ and begin to interfere in a problematic way with other aspects of their adolescent life,” Rebecca Phillipsen, Barton Health, Licensed Clinical Social Worker said.

The children receive grief education and support from trained counselors and social workers, and they are able to work through any bereavement issues they may have. The weekend is designed to leave them with a more positive outlook for the future.

“There are ways to honor not only the person who died, but our relationship with that person, our feelings about that person and what their presence in our life meant,” she said. “Healthy grieving provides each person with meaning and understanding that allows for healing and increased strength.”

Volunteer opportunities are available for: lead counselor, camp operations staff, camp weaver, musician, story teller, photographer, life guard and nurse.

Residents of South Lake Tahoe, Minden, Gardnerville and the Carson City areas may apply to attend. For more information to volunteer or to register, logon to or call 530-543-5614.

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