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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

May 9, 2008

Camp returns to UW-Green Bay to offer grieving children guidance

GREEN BAY - Camp Lloyd, a day camp for children ages 7 to 13 grieving the loss of loved ones, returns to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in June.

Designed in partnership between UW-Green Bay and Unity, a regional provider of hospice and palliative care, the camp runs afternoons Monday through Friday, June 23-27 at the Ecumenical Center on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Orientation for parents and campers is 1 p.m. Sunday, June 22.

The third annual camp will provide a safe and fun environment for children who learn they're not alone in dealing with grief. Activities include arts and crafts, music, games, swimming and hiking. It also offers time for campers to explore their own experiences of grief, realize their feelings are normal and find support from one another.

The Camp Lloyd staff includes professional grief counselors from Unity and trained student interns from UW-Green Bay. The staff has expanded to include 23 counselors, and many of the men's and women's Phoenix basketball team members will also be on hand to spend time with the kids. The new orientation session will let parents get on board in knowing about the week's planned activities.

Camp Lloyd started as a dream of Illene Noppe, a professor of Human Development at UW-Green Bay. She was motivated by the experience of her husband Lloyd, who lost his father at a very young age. Illene believes that had a camp like this existed for Lloyd, he would have benefited greatly from knowing that other children were coping with similar situations and emotions.

The cost per camper is $35 for the week. The rate is $50 for the week if a family has more than one child attending. Grant funding is available for families with extenuating circumstances.

Registration is due by June 13 and is available online at www.uwgb.edu/camplloyd/index.html. Brochures and registration forms are available on the Web site. Registration is limited.

Checks can be made payable to "UWGB-Camp Lloyd" and sent to UWGB-Camp Lloyd, 2420 Nicolet Drive, MAC C310, Green Bay WI 54311-7001.

For more information, call Unity at (800) 990-9249 or (920) 338-1111.

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08-134 | Contact: Mike Heine heinem@uwgb.edu, (920) 465-2526



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