Camp Caterpillar is a child grief day camp experience for children in kindergarten through 8th grade who have had a loved one die within the last two years. The camp's name reminds us that nourishment and hard work of grief can bring a new life, like a caterpillar's journey to becoming a butterfly. Campers will learn they are not alone in their feelings of grief or their anxiety about the ways their lives have changed. Participants learn that grief is not a process of forgetting but remembering with less pain. This program is free and open to the public. A boxed lunch to go will be provided for each child at the end.
Camp Caterpillar is held twice a year - once in Stockton and once in Lodi.
2023 Lodi Camp Caterpillar Gallery
Photos by Tim Ulmer
2022 Stockton Camp Caterpillar Gallery
Campers will learn that they are not alone in their feelings of grief or their anxiety about the ways their lives have changed. Children will be taught that the process of grieving is not forgetting their loved one but remembering with less pain. Campers learn to express the feelings, improve communication, and learn coping skills to deal with current and future losses.
All activities are led by Hospice of San Joaquin grief staff as well as grief volunteers.
C.A. Webster Foundation
Emanual Lutheran Church
Great Wolf Lodge Manteca
HCE Foundation, Inc.
Lambda Theta Phi
Lodi Tokay Rotary Club
Ricky & Suzane Barnes Foundation
Smart & Final Charitable Foundation
San Joaquin Community Foundation
Susan Salamon Hospice Fund for Children's Bereavement
Tech Ventures, Inc., Cell Phone Repair of Lodi
Thank you to our 2022 Kentucky Derby West and 20th Anniversary Camp Caterpillar Fund-a-Need Donors