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Katerpillar Kids Camp

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We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Mane Support to host our next in-person Katerpillar Kids Camp to children 1st- 12th grade grade! Camp will take place on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 at Mane Support in Roane County. 

Who: Children 1st – 12th grade and their parents or guardians

What: A FREE grief camp that teaches children how to cope with the loss of a loved one through a variety of activities including equine therapy, games, music, etc. 

When: Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 2023. 

Where: Mane Support in Roane County – transportation will be available. 

Camper Registration: 

Katerpillar Kids Camp Online Enrollment

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About Katerpillar Kids Camp

Katerpillar Kids Camp is a special camp for children who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The camp is coordinated by Covenant Hospice and sponsored by Variety, and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019. Many campers come to camp because they lost a parent, however, children who have lost any family member or a friend is welcome to participate. Learn more at the Covenant HomeCare and Hospice website.

About Mane Support

Mane Support is a nonprofit organization that provides a ministry through equine-assisted grief counseling to children, youth, teens, and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one or other types of trauma.  Horses can play a special role in the healing journey. Therapists and equine specialists of Mane Support are certified through EAGALA (Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association). In addition, they have experience, degrees and certifications in the fields of equine training and management, child development, and thanatology. All Mane Support activities are conducted on the ground; there is no horse riding. Mane Support is located in Roane County.

Volunteer Registration Form

Katerpillar Kids Camp Volunteer Application

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  • Please know that children under the age of 18 might not be invited to be a volunteer. If the child has experienced a loss within the last year it may be more helpful for the child to register as a camper. Any child under the age of 18 who would like to volunteer should contact Katie at (865) 374-0864 or
  • Please read all the options in the Position Descriptions link in the sidebar of this page. The answer to this question will help camp staff place volunteers with the appropriate group/activity. Make sure you read the requirements for each position.
  • If applying to be a Clinical Group Leader, please list all credentials.
  • We encourage our volunteers to have a clear mind when talking to children that are grieving. If you feel as though a loss that you had within the past year will inhibit your ability to help others, please apply in the future. If you have questions or would like to discuss your loss to make sure you would be a good fit for Katerpillar Kids Camp, please call (865) 374-0864 or email us at
  • Camp runs from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm on Saturday, and 7:30 am to 4:30 pm on Sunday. The success of our camp depends on volunteers, so please ensure you are available for the entire weekend.