Camp Koby

Camp Koby

Camp Koby is first of all a fun and exciting place to get away from the every day pressures of life in Israel.  At the same time however, many of the activities are led by professional therapists who, through art, drama, music and other forms of play, give children the opportunity to express their emotions and anxieties in a way that is safe, constructive, creative and natural.  Counselors are specially trained and a low camper-counselor ratio insures that each child receives an abundance of care and attention.

The heart of the program is a series of over night camping experiences. Each two to ten day module includes a tour to a local site of interest and/or recreation area, daily therapeutic activities including arts and crafts, music, or drama, group discussions dealing with emotional issues related to grief, sports activities, swimming and hiking.

Camp Koby consists of a youth camp for ages 9-13 and a teen camp ages 14-17. Follow up programs consist of 2-4 day reunions during the year and an on-going Big Sister /Big Brother program. Bringing the children together during the year gives them the comfort and support of an emotional network that nurtures them. Many parents say that their children look forward to the camp all year. The fun and support the kids receive give them the strength to return to life with increased vigor and emotional stability. Most important, they know they are not alone.

Camp Koby and its follow up programs have five primary objectives: 

  • To create a community of survivors where those who have gone through a traumatic experience can support each other. Creating a social network of children and counselors who share a common experience of bereavement helps to alleviate the natural social isolation that follows the mourning period.  
  • To create a safe space where traumatized individuals can safely express --guided by professional therapists-- their inner fears and anxieties. Creating a therapeutic environment encourages children to express their feelings in a natural and spontaneous fashion.  
  • To create fun and exciting programs that will give children a reprieve from everyday life and encourage them to enjoy themselves and forge healthy new relationships with a peer group that will be able to support them for a lifetime, while giving them the opportunity to experience the fulfillment of supporting others.
  • To provide skills and coping mechanisms that facilitate meaningful and successful living for those who have experienced this trauma. 
  • To continue – and deepen – the peer support received by participants at Camp Koby through follow-up programming.

 Click here to read letters from Camp Koby participants and families

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