Camp Kerry Atlantic
Camp Kerry Atlantic
I want to welcome everyone to our page and thank you for looking into our services. I am Pam, Director of the Atlantic Bereavement Services for the Camp Kerry Society. I am also an alumni of Camp Kerry myself…
Our oldest son, Michael, died suddenly on April 3, 2012. This was a very dark time in our life and we did not think that we would recover from this life blow. My husband, Dan, along with our sons, Max and Nick, attended the Camp Kerry family bereavement retreat in British Columbia in 2013. We learned that we were not alone in our grief and were inspired by others who were travelling a similar journey. Through the creative family-centred approach offered by the therapists and skilled volunteers, each of us learned about our own grief as individuals and as a family. Camp Kerry paved our road to recovery and we are privileged to extend this support to our region.
Last year we held our first family retreat in the Miramichi and held family gatherings in Saint John to support families following the retreat. Through the continued support of our generous donors, we are able to hold our second family retreat at the Snider Mountain Ranch in Sussex, New Brunswick from August 31 – September 3, 2017. In addition to our retreat and support programs, we are also developing a high school outreach program and a project to examine ways to support families experiencing pregnancy/infant loss. We are very excited about the development of bereavement services in New Brunswick and look forward to serving families in our region.
Michael Pastirik loved the outdoors as seen here on a family trip to Whistler
The first Camp Kerry Atlantic retreat which was held on September 22-25, 2016 in New Brunswick at a retreat centre along the beautiful Miramichi River was a huge success! Thank-you to each and every one of you who helped bring the magic and to all of those who are currently working hard to fundraise for this years programs.
The next Camp Kerry Atlantic family bereavement retreat will occur between August 31 and September 3, 2017 at Snider Mountain, New Brunswick. To register, please follow instructions below.
A team of qualified counsellors and specially trained volunteers will welcome you and support your entire family throughout the four-day retreat. Children and teens of any age are welcome to attend along with their parent(s) and/or guardian(s). Extended family members are also welcome. Programming suitable for young children, school-aged children, youth, adults and elders is offered. The program provides a variety of therapeutic and recreational experiences structured for success including: peer group sharing circles, family activities, music & art therapy, nature hikes, adventure challenges, fishing, sports & games, relaxation, campfires and a candlelight memory service. Accommodations are in comfortable lodges. Nutritious, home-cooked meals and snacks are provided in a central dining room and special diets can be accommodated with advance notice. Transportation to camp is the individual responsibility of each family, but assistance can be arranged for those who need it.
Camp Kerry Atlantic
What age do I have to be to come to Camp Kerry?
What is the recommended length of time after my loss before I can apply to Camp Kerry?
Can I return to Camp Kerry if I have already attended?
I've been to Camp Kerry for several years now and feel like I am doing pretty well with my grief but I still want to stay connected and involved. How do I do this?
We want to give you our absolute assurance that no family will ever be turned away from Camp Kerry due to an inability to pay. The program contribution fee is $600 per family which represents approximately one-third of the actual amount that the Society must fundraise to send a family to Camp Kerry. Your program contribution will also help to ensure that more families from Atlantic Canada will get access to this program in the future.
For those in need of financial assistance, we are more than happy to talk with you about a fee-reduction and about creating a payment schedule in line with your comfort level. This simply involves a short, confidential phone call to our Head Office prior to completing the online registration forms to discuss your concerns with our Administrative Coordinator. Our office can be reached at 604-553-4663.
Primary Adult Registration Form
If you require financial assistance, please contact our office prior to completing your registration forms.
Secondary Registration Form
Please click on the button below to complete a registration form for any additional adults attending Camp Kerry.
Child/Youth Registration Form
Please click on the button below and complete one Child Registration Form for each child attending Camp Kerry.