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Camp HeartSong and Camp HeartSong, Too! still accepting applications

(San Marcos, TX) – CTMC Hospice Care is accepting applications for Camp HeartSong and Camp HeartSong, Too!
Camp HeartSong and Camp HeartSong, Too! are both summer bereavement camps sponsored by CTMC Hospice Care in San Marcos.  These camps have been created to meet the special needs of children and adolescents who have experienced the death of a family member or significant person in their lives.
The primary goal for both camps is to provide a stress-free and fun experience where kids can “just be kids”. In addition, the camps will provide a safe and supportive environment to explore the feelings surrounding their loss. The well-being and emotional safety of each participant is of primary importance and the individual needs of each camper will be treated with respect. Support groups and individual counseling will be made available by our bereavement counselor.
Camp HeartSong is for children ages 8 to 13 years old and will be held at John Knox Ranch, a beautiful 300 acre camp facility located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country on the banks of the Blanco River, six miles from Wimberley.  Kids will spend three days and two nights in camp lodges supervised by trained adult camp counselors including a licensed social worker and registered nurse. Camp dates are June 9, 10 and 11, 2013.
Camp HeartSong, Too!, is a day camp for adolescents ages 14 to 18 years old and will take place on June 13-14, 2013.  Teens will spend two days participating in group activities including sports, gaming, a ropes course and arts and crafts. Please note that Camp HeartSong, Too! is a day camp only.
“When a young child experiences a significant death such as a parent or sibling, the loss can have a detrimental effect,” said Lisa Adams, Public Relations Coordinator for CTMC Hospice Care. “We believe emotional comfort is important for acceptance after a loss, just as encouragement from their loved ones. At Camp HeartSong and Camp HeartSong, Too!, our goal is to walk with these children along the road as they heal.”
Both camps are funded through the CTMC Seasons of Sharing annual campaign and through the generous donations from community members. There is no cost for the children to attend and meals and snacks are provided; however, space is limited.

For an application to either camp, or for more information about volunteering to be a counselor, please call CTMC Hospice Care at 512-754-6159 or email  

About CTMC
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.

CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.