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ABOUT
CAMP KITA

OUR HISTORY.

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As seen on NBC Nightly News, Camp Kita is a week-long summer bereavement camp open to children ages 8-17 who are survivors of a loved one’s suicide. Held in an idyllic traditional camp setting in Central Maine, the camp provides all of the quintessential experiences of a rural summer camp. In addition, the camp provides clinical professionals who lead small peer support sessions and offer 24/7 trauma support. The camp is tuition free for all campers.

Camp Kita is the only program of a small non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the needs of bereaved youth and founded by sibling survivors of suicide loss. The camp was founded in 2013 by the Mosher siblings many years after the loss of their father to suicide. The camp will be celebrating its 9th season in 2022.

Our 10th year is sure to be an exciting one as we plan for our first season on our own property. Please visit campkita.org/loon-pond for more details. 

OUR MISSION.

We strive to provide a safe, supportive environment for young survivors of suicide to come together— Where our campers can build connections through common interests and shared experiences, find hope through nature, knowledge, and grief management tools, and gain confidence through new experiences, having fun, and finding their place within a large, resilient community of survivors. 

TO NORMALIZE,
DE-STIGMATIZE AND REMOVE PERCEIVED RESPONSIBILITY 

Learn about trauma in general, and specifically suicide trauma

Learn about the complexities of mental illness and depression

Learn about common reactions to grief and trauma 

Meet peers and adults with shared experiences

LEARN HEALTHY COPING MECHANISMS

Practicing ways to relax
Identifying and managing strong emotions


Challenging and changing unhelpful thoughts


Exposure to the new experiences and activities

INCREASED CONFIDENCE, DECREASED ISOLATION

Forming new identities, relationships and goals


Discovering new skills and activities


Removing technology to build connections


Experience time with nature


Learning about resilience and inspiring one-another

OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES AND EDUCATION

Restorative balance for gentle exposure to grief

 

Builds confidence by learning new things

 

Encourages social engagement and restorative relationships with nature

 

Develops passion and purpose 

 

Skill building of intentional grief engagement

OUR

VISION.

To provide a safe, nurturing environment where child survivors can connect with one another while learning constructive ways to deal with the often unspeakable and fierce emotion of losing a loved one to suicide. By creating a space for child survivors, we effectively ease the stigma around what it means to have lost a loved one to suicide. The campers’ shared loss and experience grants them the opportunity to form deep, knowing bonds with others and thereby forging supportive connections that we hope will last a lifetime.

As a community of survivors, our week-long focus will be to provide and explore constructive forms of self-expression. We will practice self-awareness as a way of identifying feelings and communicating them in a focused way.  Our focus on grief—on shattering apart—will dovetail with an equally significant focus on hope—the power and purpose of piercing oneself together. Most importantly, we will empower campers to utilize the tools and resources we provide so that they may draw upon them throughout their lives.

PARTNERS.

We can't do it without the support and encouragement of the following organizations. If you are interested in a larger sponsorship of Camp Kita, please contact us.

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WHAT CAMPERS ARE SAYING

I felt so at peace because normally you aren’t surrounded by so many people that know exactly how you feel. Rarely do you run into people who have been through the same loss. I am so thankful for having the opportunity to go to camp and I can't wait for next year!