DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — For many children who have lost a loved one, finding people who understand can be difficult.
But, for a few days, they can connect with kids much like them surrounded by supporting “angels.”
Camp Agape, a nonprofit headquartered in the Highland Lakes, offers a four-day camp June 13-16 at the Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center in Glen Rose for youth 7-12 who have lost a loved one.
“It’s a chance for these kids to work through some of their grief,” said Camp Agape director Galyn Woerner. “But they’ll also have a lot of fun.”
The camp organizers assist the youth with the bereavement process. During the four days, the kids also experience many of the things they would find at regular summer camps such as art, music, a low-ROPES course, sports and other activities. On June 15, Christian comedian and illusionist Keith Coast will entertain everyone.
An “angel,” or buddy, is assigned to each child who attends the camp.
Woerner said Camp Agape is accepting applications for the camp, which is free for the children.
The camp is adding an adult camp for the first time this year: June 12-14 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Glen Rose. There is a fee of $50 per night for the hotel and $50 for the camp.
Expanding to offer adult programming is something Camp Agape officials have been working toward for the past two years. Adults face many issues during the bereavement process as well, Woerner pointed out.
“Eventually, we’d like to expand the program to have a camp for teenagers as well,” she said.
That, however, adds to the operation budget. As a nonprofit organization, Camp Agape relies on donations and fundraisers to support its programs.
On May 24, Camp Agape is hosting its 5k Memorial Run and 1 Mile Kids’ Walk at Johnson Park, 230 South Ave. J in Marble Falls. Registration starts at 7 a.m. with the run beginning at 8 a.m.
Registration also may be made at www.athleteguild.com. Registration is $40 for adults and $20 for youth 12 and younger.
“We’re doing it on Memorial Day weekend to remember those who have died,” Woerner said. “So people can come out and run in the memory of somebody.”
The Memorial Day event also ties in with Camp Agape’s efforts to reach out to military families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Woerner said the camp is trying to offer military families support and the opportunity to attend the camp.
Go to www.campagapetexas.org to register for the camp or for more information. There are also volunteer opportunities available. People also may email Woerner at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.