Camp Paz for Kids, Families and Grown-ups is facilitated each April and October at Whispering Hope Ranch (WHR) in Payson, Arizona. This weekend, overnight camp begins on Saturday morning and ends late Sunday afternoon. Camp Paz reaches out to grieving children ages 6-18 and their families by providing a neutral and safe environment where friendships are created and profound healing take place.
Camp Paz (Paz means Peace in Spanish) was created in 1999 to give children whose lives have been interrupted by the death of a loved one, and who may be struggling with their feelings, an opportunity to be around others who are living the same experience. At camp, children learn that they are not alone and realize the feelings they experience while grieving are normal. Through laughter and through tears, these children are given the chance to realize that they are not alone.
Camp Paz for Grown-Ups runs concurrently with the children's camp. Adults focus first on their own grief journey, and then transition into how to best help the grieving children in their life.
For many adults, this program provides the first opportunity to focus on their unique feelings without worrying about their children, or worrying about how children may respond to a display of emotions. The majority of adult participants forge indescribable bonds with other participants, and many have formed significant friendships.
Themes of the weekend are similar to the Camp Paz for Kids program, and families are reunited on Sunday for a family ceremony and picnic. While Camp Paz for Grown-Ups is not mandatory for adults whose children are participating, Stepping Stones of Hope philosophically and fundamentally believes that the best possible support is provided for both children and adults simultaneously.
The partnership between Stepping Stones of Hope and WHR is unique, as the ranch has never provided program support for bereaved families. Both organizations believe there is an intrinsic link between bereaved families and animals and the interaction between the two is sure to be nurturing, calming and help promote overall wellbeing. Caring volunteers, skilled in supporting the bereavement process, facilitate the program.
- Register online for Camp Paz
- Register by mail/fax for Camp Paz:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- View/Print the April 2017 Camp Paz flyer
Register early! Payment is not required at time of registration and may be made up to two (2) weeks prior to the start of camp. For special payment arrangements, please call the office at (602) 264-7520.