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Camp New Dawn

Camp New Dawn takes the essential ingredients of summer camp—fun and friendship—and adds activities that help children and teens express what it feels like to lose someone who they love.

Camp New Dawn

Camp New Dawn is a four-day, three-night grief retreat for children, teens and families who are struggling with the loss of a loved one. Campers learn healthy coping skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. They engage in group discussions and activities with other kids who have experienced loss, and interact with professional grief counselors who help them learn about and express grief in a safe, natural environment.

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Family Camp

The family portion of Camp New Dawn provides the adults 24 hours of respite before their children join them.  This is also an opportunity for them to explore where they are in their grief.  While the children do great work at camp it is important for them to work on grief together as a family. One day two the whole family will come together for activities to help with communication and the grieving process. Our hope is they would have some great tools to take back home to continue to process their grief and heal as a family.

What is the cost?

No child is turned away because of inability to pay.

Individual Cost: $60 per camper
Family Cost: $100 per family

How do I register?

To register a camper, you and your child will complete and submit the application. Download the belowapplications:

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Harmony for Healing Fundraiser | June 28th 5:00-8:00pm

Join us on Wed, June 28th from 5:00-8:00pm at the Bay Country Moose Lodge for Harmony for Healing fundraiser! This event will benefit our children & teen grief support services.

  •     We’ll have live music from local musicians: Justin Singleton, October Oak Acoustic, & Danah Denice
  •      Silent Auction Items from art to gift baskets and everything in between
  •     Appetizers, Dinner, & Desserts provided by Adam's Grille Kent Island

Support programs like Camp New Dawn, individual and group counseling in local schools and throughout the community!

Get your tickets today! For more information contact: Shelly Baird at or 443-262-4106

How can I support Camp New Dawn?

The success of Camp New Dawn depends on a group of caring and compassionate adults who volunteer as buddies. Each camper is paired with an adult buddy for the weekend. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older. New buddies must complete a three-hour training program, and all buddies participate in a four-hour training program prior to the start of camp.

Compass relies heavy on donations for Camp expenses, which has allowed us to serve over 800 children regardless of their ability pay. We think it’s important that every child who could benefit from the experience can attend. It’s a huge endeavor, and one that our staff and volunteers take on proudly to ensure this resource is here for our communities’ youth. Monetary, in-kind, or sponsorship opportunities are available and welcomed! For more information about how to make a donation, contact Shelly Baird, or call 443-262-4106.