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Camp Ginneria FAQ


Who is eligible to attend?

Camp Ginneria Bereavement Camp is a free grief retreat for children between the ages 8-12, and teens ages 13-17 who have experienced the death of a loved one.



Camp Ginneria is free of charge to all campers, thanks to the generous donations of our sponsors, and is facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers.


What is included?

• Weekend accommodations
• Transportation
• Meals and snacks
• Bereavement workbook
• T-Shirt
• Backpack
• Water bottle
• Supplies
• All bedding


Who is sponsoring the camp?

Camp Ginneria Bereavement Camp is a program of the Family Trauma Advocacy Program, a tax-exempt, not for profit 501 (c) 3 organization. The camp was conceived by Betty Major-Rose whose daughter Ginneria was murdered in 1983. The Family Trauma Advocacy Program plans to expand the program to include educational programs for adults, parents, as well as teachers, and others who interact with children who could benefit from increasing their knowledge of the grieving process.


When will the camp be held?

Camp Ginneria Bereavement Camp will be held during the Summer months.   While at camp your child will stay in a dorm-style setting with other campers of the same age and gender.  A specially trained resident camp will be supervising the campers with a ratio of 1:5.


Where is the camp located?

Camp Ginneria will be been held at Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus, Woodstock, Illinois (50 miles northwest of Chicago), which is a peaceful setting encompassed by 98 acres of prairies, savannas, woodlands, wetlands, and ponds. In addition to the security that the facility provides, the FTAP will also provide additional private security to ensure the safety of all participants.


What time does camp start and end?

Campers will leave Friday afternoon and return Sunday evening.



All campers and staff volunteers will travel in a chartered motor coach.


What to Bring?

When packing for camp, please take into consideration the climate/environment, and the activities your camper will be participating in. Please note that comfortable attire (not too tight and not too loose) is appropriate for most camp activities. Because campers may be doing activities such as hiking, basketball, tennis and rope challenge, it is important to wear clothing appropriate for such activities. Tight fitting clothing, short shorts, halter tops, tube tops, smocks, flip-flops, and overly loose or baggy shorts are considered inappropriate items.  Regarding personal items cell phones are allowed (during personal time), however, mp3 players, game systems, etc. are not allowed.  Given that campers will be involved in activities throughout the day, and belongings maybe left lying around and unattended, it is advised that items are clearly labeled, as Camp Ginneria is unable to assume responsibility for loss and/or damages to the personal property of campers; therefore, please use careful consideration of what you send to camp.


Packing for Camp

The following items are suggested as to what to pack, as well as what not to pack.


What to Pack:

• Short sleeve shirts or T-shirts
• Long sleeve shirts or T-shirts
• Shorts/Jeans/Sweatpants
• Light jacket, sweat shirt/suit, fleece jacket or sweater
• Underwear
• Socks
• Pajamas
• Hat or baseball cap
• Poncho, raincoat and/or rain gear (if rain is projected)
• Gym shoes
• Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc.
• Laundry bag (for dirty clothes)
• Insect repellent, sunscreen, facial tissues

 What Not to Pack:

• Any electronic devices (mp3 players, game systems, etc.)
• Food of any kind. All food will be provided by camp.
• Money. There will be NO opportunities for spending money.

*No smoking, alcohol or illegal drugs permitted*

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