The Story of Camp Lloyd
Camp Lloyd began as a dream of Dr. Illene Cupit, a professor of Human Development at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. After learning about grief camps at a conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, she wanted to develop such a camp that would help grieving children in the Northeastern Wisconsin area. Camp Lloyd was originally created in partnership with Unity Hospice of Green Bay and the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Today, Camp Lloyd is solely under the auspices of UW-Green Bay. In this camp, the children learn that grief is normal and that it is okay to still act like kids and have fun. This idea became a passion for Illene through the inspiration of Lloyd Noppe (a retired professor from UW-Green Bay). Dr. Lloyd Noppe lost his father at a very young age. Illene believes that had a camp like this existed for Lloyd he would have greatly benefitted from knowing that other children were dealing with similar situations and emotions.
The Mission of Camp Lloyd
Camp Lloyd is a day camp for children grieving the death of a loved one. It provides a safe environment where campers can explore their own experiences of grief, realize their feelings are normal and find support from each other. As part of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Camp Lloyd provides an educational opportunity for undergraduate students to learn about grief in childhood through study and one-on-one mentoring and support to the Camp Lloyd campers.
The Staff of Camp Lloyd
My name is Illene Cupit. I grew up in the Bronx, New York, and received my PhD from the Educational Psychology Department of Temple University in 1979. I came to UW-Green Bay in 1984, where I teach a variety of courses about different aspects of the human life span. I have published many articles concerning death, loss and grief. I also was the President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (2012-2013) (www.adec.organd am on the Board of a number of local and national groups focused on issues related to death and dying.In my minuscule spare time I enjoy biking swimming, being with my kids, playing the piano, reading, cooking, and eating!
My name is Gail Trimberger. I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (yes, that makes me a Yooper), lived in Texas for a short while, and settled in Wisconsin in 1987. With a Master of Science in Social Work from UW-Madison, I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 25 years of social work direct practice, administration, and supervision. The majority of my social work career was providing end-of-life and bereavement care to families throughout Northeast Wisconsin. I now hold a PhD in Leadership Studies from Marian University and am an assistant professor of Social Work at UW-Green Bay.
I became involved with Camp Lloyd during its early development stages when I was a hospice provider in the community. In 2009, when I joined the UW-Green Bay social work faculty, I reconnected with Camp Lloyd as the head grief counselor. It is truly an honor to walk with the children who attend Camp Lloyd and the UW-Green Bay (student) Buddies as they learn to navigate the grieving process.
When I am not teaching, grading, or preparing for Camp Lloyd, I enjoy gardening, running, long walks with my husband, cooking, reading, sewing, and spending time with my children and grandchildren.
Student/Interns (Buddies)Camp Lloyd student interns, or buddies are mostly recruited from Human Development/Psychology, Social Work, and Educational programs at UW-Green Bay. These students are allowed to participate in the camp for a 3 credit internship after successfully completing a course in death and dying and training sessions the semester prior to camp. Students are not grief counselors but are selected on the basis of their motivation, maturity and sensitivity to children who are in difficult circumstances. Most interns or buddies have aspirations to go on in the counseling field. Additional staff are returning buddies from previous Camp Lloyd years. It is the goal of Camp Lloyd to "buddy up" one intern for 1-2 campers. Many activities will take place on a group basis, but the special attention and devotion of buddies to their special camper is an important feature of our camp.
Dr. Trimberger is our "go-to" person for the grief support aspect of camp. Camp Lloyd is also fortunate to have very qualified professionals who run the "Healing Circles" and provide additional emotional support during the Camp Lloyd day. Dr. Deirdre Radosevich is an Assistant Professor of Human Development, with a background in child clinical psychology. In addition several camp Lloyd buddies who have graduated UW-Green Bay and completed Masters Degree in Counseling have returned to facilitate "Healing Circles".
Camp Lloyd Activities
Camp Lloyd will have many exciting summer activities. Each day there is a grief related activity (our "Healing Circles"). Other activities will include:
- Arts and Crafts
- Gym Games
- Swimming at the Phoenix Sports Center pool
- Activities specifically geared for the older campers
Camp Lloyd Location
Camp will take place at the Mauthe / Ecumenical Center located on the UW-Green Bay campus. This roomy facility will be our “home base.” In addition, the university campus, with its six miles of arboretum trails, proximity to the bay, and athletic fields will provide outside space where campers can play gym games and run around!