Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to go to camp?

It's absolutely, positively, 100% FREE due to the generosity of our donor friends, grants, and corporations.  Go to "Camp Good Mourning! Friends" page and show your appreciation by leaving them a thank you note or by patronizing their business.  Without our friends, Camp Good Mourning! could not serve Long Island's grieving children.

When does camp take place?

Camp takes place in the Spring and Fall.

Where does camp take place?

Camp Good Mourning! takes place at the serene setting of Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck In Center Moriches.  It is located on the south shore of Long Island, between Patchogue and West Hampton.  We love the fact that they have a petting farm and lake, two wonderful respites for grievng children.

Who runs the the Support Groups?

Trained, qualified professionals  including clinical mental health counselors, social workers, psychologists, and school counselors.

What happens if my child isn't feeling well?

Great question!  Registered nurses and/or other medical professionals are at camp and available 24/7 to attend to your child's needs.

What does my child have to bring to camp?

After your child has been accepted for the weekend program, you will receive a "Packing List" from Camp Good Mourning!

Who is eligible go to camp?

Generally speaking, boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 17 who are coping with the loss of a parent/primary caregiver and/or sibling.  However because there really is no such thing as a traditional family any more, CGM! welcomes children and teens who have experienced the death of an extended family member who lived with them, ie, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, etc

What are the dates for camp?

Check on our "Camp Dates" page for that information.  https://www.campgoodmourning.org/camp-dates

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

A volunteer must be at least 16 years old to enter into our LIT Program.

How long Is camp?

Camp begins on a Friday afternoon at around 330pm and ends Sunday at around 4pm.

Can my child attend camp more than once?

Absolutely! . . . However will be given to children who have never been to CGM! before.  Veteran campers can still apply via the online application.

Is the staff trained?

Yes.  Not only is the staff trained, they go through a rigorous and lengthy process in order to be accepted as a volunteer, including Background checks.

Can parents can go to camp, too?

Funny you should ask that!  In the future, CGM! will be offering a simultaneous Parent Camp similar to the children's camp!   We are VERY EXCITED!