What the service offers
Free weekend camps for bereaved children and young people who have lost a parent, sibling or other significant person. Star Bear is for children aged between five and 12-years old while Star Bound is for teens aged up to 17.
There are two Star Bear and one Star Bound camp each year and camps are held in the Adelaide Hills. Children and young people are paired with trained volunteer mentors and experience therapeutic sessions, sports, games and arts and crafts.
Established in 1999 and operated by AnglicareSA since 2002, Star Bear and Star Bound are funded entirely by donations.
Weekend camps are staffed by trained volunteer mentors and qualified, experienced leaders. Children and parents meet mentors at a pre-camp get together, allowing them to get to know each other and ask questions.
Our loss and grief camps help young people cope with their grief by allowing them to realise that they’re not alone. As one camper explains, “I knew I wasn’t the only one that lost a parent, but I hadn’t met anyone else who had, not before camp.”
In addition to the camps we also provide support to the parents. On the weekend of camp our loss & grief team offer parents the opportunity to understand more about how to support their children through their grief, as well as opportunities to share experiences with other parents and carers.
Who can access the service
- Star Bear: Children five-years-old to 12-years-old who have experienced the loss of a parent or significant person.
- Star Bound: Teens aged up to 17 who are bereaved by the loss of a parent or significant person.
Steps on how to access the service
Anyone can refer a child or young person to the service, including family self-referral. Referrals from teachers, counsellors, police officers and other community members are also accepted.
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