Camp Ray of Hope, a statewide retreat for grieving families, is accepting registrations for the 2016 fall session which runs Sept. 23-25 at Pine Tree Camp in Rome.

The retreat provides support to families with dependent children ages 3-18 years and young adults 18-25. Families will be provided the opportunity to network with other people from throughout the state who are also in the midst of transition from loss by death. Most of the volunteers have experienced profound loss at one time or another and know how to embrace your pain effectively.

They are not afraid to talk about their loss or to listen to your stories. Children and adults participate with their peers in support groups and workshops that encourage healthy outlets and self care with trained support group facilitators.

Pine Tree Camp’s 285-acre facility with a network of accessible nature trails and more than a mile of waterfront is located on North Pond.

The cabins are inviting spaces with heat and bathrooms. There is a welcome center, family cabins, wellness center, tree house, playground, recreation hall, athletic field and more.

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. If you choose not to spend the night the fee for the weekend is $40 per person, $70 for a family of two or $100 for a family of three or more.

Individuals younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Registration is required and scholarships are available, call 873-3615, ext. 19, or email Jillian Roy at [email protected], or visit

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