Camp Waves of Hope

(Overnight Camp* - Sunday, August 18th, 2024 - Wednesday, August 21st, 2024)
Mini Buddies - Ages 5-7:  Sunday, August 18th - Day Camp
Little Buddies - Ages 8-12:  Monday, August 19th to Wednesday, August 21st - Overnight
Big Buddies - Ages 13-18:  Sunday, August 18th to Wednesday, August 21st - Overnight

Camp Waves of Hope is a residential camp experience held at Camp Hollis for Oswego County children ages 8-12 who have experienced a loss of a loved one. Camp Wavves of Hope is a place where children can acknowledge their loss of a loved one, develop coping skills, accept the stages of grief, develop an awareness that they are not alone, and celebrate their lives and the lives of those they have lost. Volunteer opportunities include serving as a “Big Buddy” for a camper, or helping in the kitchen with food preparation and clean up.  

Mini Buddies
New in 2023, Mini Buddies! These campers are ages 5-7 and attend a day camp on Sunday before our overnight camp begins. They will participate in age appropriate camp games and activities as well as healing circles that will help them navigate the emotions that accompany grief.

Big Buddy Program
Campers will be teamed up with a “Big Buddy” teen who will be with them throughout the program to help process their experience.

Staff and Employees
Certified nurses, social workers, teachers and camping professionals will lead the program, while adult personnel will be comfortable on the issues of death and dying, and will have received training on bereavement issues.

About Camp Hollis

Located on the Southern shore of Lake Ontario, Camp Hollis is only ten minutes from the city of Oswego and has been owned and operated by the county of Oswego since 1946. Since then, it has offered a summer residential camping program for Oswego County youth. The camp offers sleeping cabins with indoor plumbing and electricity.

There is a full medical station, swimming pool and campfire circle. Nutritious, well-balanced meals will be prepared on site, and served in a spacious dining hall.

Have a child experiencing grief? Follow this resource for additional help.