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Camp Spinoza social 2023

Camp Spinoza

Camp Spinoza is a weekend of fun, exploration and sharing for kids between the ages of 5 and 13 who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. Offered free of charge, Camp Spinoza allows children to enjoy traditional camp activities with trained counselors, while also providing opportunities to share their emotions and feelings about grief with others who are experiencing the same thing.

Camp Spinoza is offered on the first weekend of June at the Monroe Camp and Retreat Center in Laurel Hill, NC.  For more information on Camp Spinoza, or if you know a child who could benefit from Camp Spinoza, please call Scotland Regional Hospice at (910) 276-7176.


For more information, fill out our Contact Form and one of our social workers will contact you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Does a child interested in Camp Spinoza have to be related to a Scotland Regional Hospice patient?

A. No.  All we ask is that the child has suffered the loss of a loved one in the last year.

Q. Does the child have to be a Scotland County resident?

A. No.  As long as the child has transportation to and from Monroe Camp and Retreat Center in Laurel Hill, they can attend.  We have campers from many counties across North Carolina and South Carolina.  However, we do ask that there is a parent or guardian with the ability to pick up a child at any point during the weekend in the event of an emergency or other need to leave them camp.

Q. The camp is free, but will campers need money for food or other items?

A. No. Children will need clothes, bedding, swimsuit, towel, toiletries, and medications.  Meals, snacks and activities will all be free of charge to participants thanks to donations from the Scotland Memorial Foundation and other community supporters.  Please contact Tanya Williams at (910) 276-7176 to let us know of any dietary restrictions or needs.

Q. If my child takes medication, will someone be on hand to make sure his/her needs are met?

A. Yes.  After registering your child, you will be provided with instructions in advance on how to deliver medications and medication instructions.  We will have a trained clinical staff on-hand throughout the event to assist with medications as well as other potential medical needs during camp.

Q. Can campers have cell phones?

A. No.  The campers are not allowed to bring cellphones or other electronic devices.  There is very limited reception in most areas of the camp anyway.  Due to the nature of the outdoor activities, phones are too easily lost or damaged and children distracted by phones can be at high risk of injury when on nature trails and other areas around camp.  Phones and other electronic devices also affect the children's ability to engage in the activities minimizing the benefits of Camp Spinoza.  Parents will be provided a number to call in case of an emergency and phones are available at camp for campers who need to make emergency calls.