Family Nurturing CampGroup-Based Weekend
Family Nurturing Camp is a structured therapeutic weekend camp experience designed to help families build caring, positive family life interaction patterns. Family Nurturing Camp is an ideal supplement to parenting education programs for families experiencing or at high risk for child abuse and neglect. It is also appropriate for families who are at risk for foster care placement or returning from out-of-home placement.
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The Family Nurturing Camp is a structured program, based on multiple components that include psychoeducational groups, family based intervention, and therapeutic recreational and art activities to address the specific issues that affect children at risk for maltreatment. This weekend program focuses on strengthening and preserving families as well as providing family respite care. Children engage in art activites, discussions, hikes, trust building exercises, high ropes course and family strengthening activites.
During the camp weekend, separate therapeutic nurturing groups are provided for parents,
adolescents (13 years and up), youth (7-12 years), and young children (4-6 years).
Topics / Activities Include...
Nurturing group topics include:
• Behavior management techniques
• Family rules
• Identifying feelings
• Praise for being and doing
• Strengths of children
• Getting your needs met
• Self-awareness, and more…
Recreational activities include:
• Family crafts
• Hay rides
• High ropes challenge courses
• Nature hikes
• Singing around the campfire
The combination of the intense weekend experiences of the “Nurturing Parenting Program” and the fun and safety of the camp experience has proven to be a powerful therapeutic intervention in the lives of families struggling to learn how to be together and interact positively.