Alpena Lions Club learns about Child Bereavement Network Camp

Lynne Totten of Gaylord was the speaker at last week’s Alpena Lions Club meeting. She explained the operation of the Child Bereavement Network Camp. Program chair for the meeting was President Scott Foerstner.

Totten explained that the camp, called Camp Live, Laugh, Love, takes place one weekend per year at a location near Oscoda. It is designed for children and teens ages 8-16 years old who have experienced the death of a parent, other relative or close friend. It is staffed by camp buddies, college students, adult volunteers and professionals. The campers are limited to 30 to 35 each year. Each camper is assigned a camp buddy.

The camp’s program includes lots of activities – water slides, climbing ropes, campfires, singing together, reading poems and team building. There are lots of fun things to do.

Totten shared many of the parents’ comments with the Lions. Here is an example of one of these comments that tells the story: “My three children lost their dad. All three were reluctant to go (to camp) and fought me about it. At the end of camp, all three children were excited to tell me about everything they’d experienced and the new friends they’d made. Grief is hard and lonely. They found a connection with others, and they aren’t the only ones having to deal with these awful feelings and situations. It is an amazing camp. What an incredible benefit to offer children experiencing loss in their lives.”

Christa Morrow was inducted into the Lions Club. Her sponsor was Audra Smith. The induction ceremony was conducted by PDG Beverly Bodem.

PDG Dave Zeller received a Melvin Jones Award at a recent Lions District 11E2 Convention. For him this was the second time he received this award. Some years ago, he had received this award from the Alpena Lions.

President Scott Foerstner reported on the recent district convention, noting that 22 clubs were represented by 175 Lions.