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Camp Francis adapts to COVID-19 restrictions with care packages

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Posted at 11:11 AM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 13:11:14-04

COVID-19 has prompted many summer camps to cancel in-person events this summer, but that hasn't stopped some from still serving children.

Camp Francis is a bereavement camp for kids from ages six to 12 who have lost someone significant to them. This camp is usually held during the third week of June at Camp Rotary, which is in the mountains near Monarch.

Even though camp was canceled, they're keeping kids connected and providing resources for those who are grieving by sending out care packages.

The packages include a bandanna, bells, bubbles, a bracelet, and a hand-stitched bird to go along with their 2020 theme of "Wings of Hope."

"Camp Francis isn't just a place that meets in June in the mountains, it's a place in our hearts and this year that certainly rang true more than anything else. It was a good way for everyone to be connected to be reminded of those lessons and those tools we have,” explained Camp Francis coordinator Kathy Van Tighem.

Campers also received a blank puzzle piece in their care package. Children can decorate those and send them back to be part of a group art project.

Camp Francis sent out around 45 packages. Any child is welcome to be part of the bereavement program. Click here to visit the website to learn more.