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Katerpillar Kids Camp Offers New Summer

Posted on February 10, 2020

New Date Announced

Katerpillar Kids Camp is offering a day camp this summer for children in grades 1-12 who are grieving loved ones. KKC logo

Covenant Hospice has partnered with Mane Support to offer a one-day grief camp free of charge on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, August 22 – Grades 1 – 5
  • Saturday, August 29 – Grades 6 -8
  • Saturday, October 17 – Grades 9 – 12

There is no cost to attend but advance registration is required.

Katerpillar Kids Camp provides a safe place where campers share similar experiences. Trained camp volunteer counselors provide information and guidance as they listen with open minds and hearts. During fun activities such as equine-assisted counseling, art, play, and discussion, campers learn how to process grief in a safe, healthy way. Campers learn they are not alone in facing grief.   


Mane Support’s Roane County satellite location, 1522 New Hope Road, Rockwood

  • Camp is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and lunch will be provided.
  • Space is limited; please register your children in advance. Note in the registration form if the child has any food restrictions. Register here!
  • Please share this information with anyone you know whose child can benefit from this important experience. To learn about volunteering, view the Katerpillar Camp Volunteer Flyer.

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. A weekend Katerpillar Kids day camp is also available each September at Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend. 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 Blount County with a satellite campus in Roane County.

child pets horse with Mane Support