Camp Rainbow of Hope

(Overnight Camp* - Monday, August 14, 2023 - Wednesday, August 16, 2023)
*Note: if there are changes in Covid regulations or safety concerns we may need to switch to a day camp schedule

Camp Rainbow 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 Rainbow 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.  

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.