Camp Kerry BC
Camp Kerry British Columbia
The History of Camp Kerry
Camp Kerry BC was founded in 2007 by Dr. Heather Mohan and named after Kerry Kirstiuk; an inspiring young mother and wife who lost her battle to cancer in 2006. During her illness, Kerry and her husband Bob along with their two children Hudson (age 2) and Avery (age 4), received support from Dr. Heather Mohan who was at that time a counsellor and program coordinator in Palliative Care at Lions Gate Hospital. When Kerry died, her family requested that donations be made in her memory to Dr. Mohan’s program. Several months later Heather approached Bob with an idea for the funds that were raised in honour of Kerry. For many years, she had harboured a dream of creating a special retreat for young families grieving the death of a loved one. Bob enthusiastically supported Heather’s idea and the very first Camp Kerry was launched in September 2007 on Keats Island. Since then Camp Kerry BC has tripled in size and has been held in numerous different retreat locations. Bereaved families from dozens of different urban, rural and remote communities from all over BC have participated in this special and unique healing experience.
What’s Happening Now
In October 2016 40 families and 50 volunteers came together for the largest family bereavement retreat in our history. As always, the legendary Camp Kerry magic was prevalent throughout.
Fundraising is already underway for The next Camp Kerry BC retreat which is scheduled for September 22 – September 25, 2017 on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. Registrations will open in the spring of 2017.
What To Expect At Camp
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, boating, sports & games, relaxation, campfires and a candlelight memory service. Accommodations are in heated cabins with bunk beds. Shared washrooms and showers are centrally located. 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 BC
When to Apply
Registration will open in the spring of 2017 and can be done by accessing the forms which will be posted on this page. We encourage you to apply early as our family retreat programs are in high demand and space is limited. You will be notified if your application to attend has been successful approximately 4-6 weeks from the date of your submission. If your application is not successful you will receive a full refund.
Program Contribution Fee
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 $500 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 British Columbia 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.