Shannon’s Hope

Camp Dates: October 28th & 29th 2017: Fall 2017 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. 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.

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 Details
Shannon’s Hope is held twice a year at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island.   The spring camp will be Saturday October 28th through Sunday October 29th 2017.  A fee of $35 per camper is requested; however, scholarships are available to ensure all can attend. 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.

To refer a camper or for questions, contact Amy Spear, LPC at: or 843-216-7323