Camp Widow® Kids
We are SUPER excited about adding a kids' program to our San Diego Camp Widow® event coming up June 17-19, 2016.
Please note that the kids' program is a separate program from our regular camp weekend. Camp Widow® will be run with all the elements, energy and focus on widowed adults to which our organizational mission calls us.
Soaring Spirits’ Camp Widow® Kids program is going to be amazing! We will be creating a program for children ages 5-18 that is focused on the power of narrative. Over two days, we will be assisting young people who have experienced the death of parent to tell the story of their grief experience in their own words. Throughout the weekend they will 'build' their storytelling skills and create their own unique narrative that acknowledges the death of their parent, and also honors the love they will always have for their parent.
There will be fun outings, team building games and experiences, time to honor their loved one, and most importantly...the experience of being in a community of peers.
We are so excited about the opportunity to create a community of peers for the kids of our campers, just like we've been creating communities for widowed men and women for the past eight years. Community matters!
Children who attend MUST be accompanied by a parent who is attending Camp Widow®.
There will be no program fee for the kids who attend. This year's camp program will also feature a Father's Day BBQ which will be free to attend for Camp Widow® campers, their children, their families, their new partners, and anyone with whom one of our campers would like to spend Father's Day.
When: June 17th 8:00A-10:00P
June 18th 8:00A-10:00P
Where: San Diego Marriott Marquis and surrounding event areas
Who: Young people ages 5-18 who are accompanying a registered Camp Widow® camper.
What: Camp Widow® Kids is a one-time event designed to assist widowed families over the Father’s Day weekend and provide them with a community of other people whose families have been changed by the death of a parent.
Volunteers: We are seeking young adults who have experienced the death of a parent to join our Camp Widow® Kids Leadership Team. **Any person over the age of 18 who volunteers for our program will be required to participate in a Livescan screening.
Camp Widow® Kids Director:
Meet Dr. Michael Rodriquez AKA Big Mike by the kids he has worked with over the past 30+ years.
Dr. Rodriquez will be joining our Camp Widow® Team as the Director of our kids programming. Dr. Rodriguez graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology with both a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in marriage and family therapy. He earned licensure as both an MFT as well as a Clinical Psychologist.
On a personal note, Big Mike I'm a proud father of 2 girls, Juliet who is 5 and Portia who will turn 3 next month. He and his Sarah have been married for 15 years. He played football for Royal High and graduated in 1993. Attended Cal State Northridge and graduated with a degree in Urban Planning. During this time he was the youth director for many high school and junior high programs for four different youth programs in the California area (St Paschal's, St Rose, St Julie's and St Edwards). Mike coached high school football at Oak Park High School and served as the youth leader for Hospice of Conejo. Mike loves travel, and he is passionate about volunteering his time in the service of others.