Camp Ray of Hope registrations open

Camp Ray of Hope, a program of Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, is accepting registrations for the 2015 fall session which runs Sept. 18-20.

Camp Ray of Hope is an annual retreat held at Friends Camp in South China for Maine families and individuals whose loved one has died from a terminal illness or sudden unexpected death. Friends Camp is rented for the weekend to create a retreat environment where families can feel safe and comfortable knowing there will not be any intrusion from the outside world, according to a news release from Hospice.

The camp provides grieving families the opportunity to network with other people throughout the state of Maine who are also in the midst of transition from loss by death. Children and adults participate with their peers in support groups and workshops that encourage healthy outlets and self care with trained support group facilitators.

The outdoor setting offering swimming, fishing and canoing in surroundings that are peaceful and unspoiled. Massage therapists, Reiki practitioners, manicurists and other complementary care providers donate sessions to campers of all ages. Childcare is available on site for infants and toddlers.

Individuals younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The cost for the weekend is $60 per person, $120 for a family of two or $180 for a family of three or more. The fee includes lodging, meals and programs. Those who choose not to spend the night at Friend’s Camp, the fee for the weekend is $40 per person, $70 for a family of two or $100 for a family of three or more. Registration is required. Scholarships are available.

To register or for more information, call 873-3615, ext. 19, or email [email protected].

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