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Why Camp Noah

Why should children attend Camp Noah?

Disaster changes lives—especially for children. And whatever type of disaster or trauma they have experienced, children often need support to process what has happened. A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, “The Psychosocial Implications of Disaster or Terrorism on Children,” states: “if children are helped to learn to cope with this stress, their symptoms subside. We can help our children live with this fear, adjust to it, and plan for the future rather than remain paralyzed in fear” (2005).

In 2014, 96% of campers surveyed learned two or more resiliency skills during Camp Noah, and 99% of campers said they had fun! Also in 2014, 99% of parents surveyed said they would recommend Camp Noah to other parents. One parent commented, “Talking with other children who went through the same experience as them helps them feel they are not alone, which is a huge feat.”  

How Camp Noah helps children

During Camp Noah, a team of Certified Camp Staff accompanies campers through an intentional process that enables the children to process their disaster and/or trauma experiences and gives them the space and time necessary to tell their stories and build resiliency skills. Campers participate in small groups, large group time (including music, skits and puppet shows), crafts, and recreation time.

And—Camp Noah is FUN! Here are several comments from 2014 campers: 

“I love it! I wish I could go 62 times!” “It was REAAAAALLLLLLY awesome.” “This camp is all about fun!” One camper told us: “I had a really good time and I learned I am special just the way I am and nothing can change that.”  Another said, “This was the best week of my whole life so far!” “I loved it!” is a frequent comment from campers. Camp Noah provides a space for kids to be kids.  

Camp Noah provides a space for kids to be kids.

There were also many positive comments from parents:

"This week gave her a little more confidence to know that she has the skills and the knowledge to get herself through tough situations and that she can always talk about her feelings." -Parent

“My children were unsure about attending but after the first day were so excited! They loved every day of camp. It is a great time for the kids to express feelings about events they are dealing with and just a time for them to be kids and have fun.” -Parent

"Camp Noah was a great way for my children to interact with other children their age. They came home with lessons on how they were special and ways to stay safe in bad weather." -Parent

“Camp Noah was an experience different from any other camp or instructional setting. Children were able to identify their feelings and work through them. This helped ease some anxiety from the additional stress they have been feeling.” -Parent

“It has given him a week of fun. It has helped him deal with the recent storms and let him get his mind off of things and be a kid. His preparedness backpack has actually made him feel prepared for another storm. He loved the singing and his blanket and stuffed animal. I wish he could go all summer. He absolutely loved the camp.” -Parent