Shannon’s Hope

Spring Camp: April 1-2, 2017- Camp is full! Please email to reserve your spot for fall camp. 

Click here to download a camper application!

Shannon’s Hope is an initiative of Bridges. A therapeutic weekend camp, Shannon’s Hope targets children ages 6-15 who have experienced the death of a loved one in the past 2 years.  Shannon Heisler was the inspiration for the camp, which began in August 1989. The courage and hope demonstrated by this 16-year-old hospice patient, who died in November of 1988, were the driving forces behind the development of Shannon’s Hope.

Bridges collaborates with other organizations to make this unique program a community effort. Shannon’s Hope is sponsored in part by Kindred Gentiva Hospice Foundation.

What happens at camp?
Through participation in fun, yet intense, activities, Shannon’s Hope campers are encouraged to speak openly about issues of death and grief. The experience is structured to teach the children that feelings such as sadness, fear, anger, and desperation are all normal aspects of the grieving process. Together they create friendships and support that allow them to identify and express their emotions in a safe, secure environment. It is a weekend of laughter, tears, sharing, and remembering.

How is the camp staffed?
Professional counselors facilitate the camp. Trained volunteer buddies provide compassionate individual support to the children. Together these adults help the children “create stepping stones from their stumbling blocks”.

More Detail
Shannon’s Hope is held twice a year at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island. A fee of $35 per camper is requested; however, scholarships are available based on financial need. Bridges underwrites all camp costs. Referrals of campers are welcomed from parents, counselors, teachers, ministers, or other concerned persons. Transportation to and from camp is available.


Interested in volunteering at camp? Click here to download a volunteer application!


To refer a camper or for questions, contact Julie Phillips at or 843.216.7323

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