Next Event: JULY 8 -14TH, 2023
C.O.P.S. Kids Camp
C.O.P.S. Kids Camp is planned for surviving children (ages 6-14) and their parent or legal guardian of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, as determined by C.O.P.S. criteria.
Children MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend.
Young children who lose a parent do not always have a safe, comfortable place to share their struggles with their peers. C.O.P.S. Kids Camp offers them that opportunity through age-appropriate grief counseling sessions with licensed mental health professionals. These sessions are designed to equip families with tools they can use at home in the future as they work through emotions and struggles.
Kids also get the chance to participate in fun outdoor adventures and classic summer camp activities, like swimming, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, campfire skits, ropes courses, and more.
Arts and Crafts
If you are flying: You should plan on arriving at the Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport (MKE) by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 8th. You will be met by officers at the airport and transported to camp by bus. You will be transported back to the Milwaukee Airport on Friday, July 14th, by 10:30 a.m. Please be sure your return flight is AFTER 11:30 a.m. to allow time for check-in and security checks.
If you are driving: You will need to arrive at the Salvation Army Wonderland Camp after 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 8th, and stay through breakfast on Friday, June 14th. Meals and activities are planned; no late arrivals or early departures please.
Limited travel assistance may be available. Contact the C.O.P.S. National Office for additional information.
What to Expect
C.O.P.S. Kids Camp provides families the opportunity to interact in a relaxed setting that is removed from everyday life. Oftentimes, young children who lose a parent do not have a safe, comfortable place to share their struggles with their peers. C.O.P.S. Kids Camp offers that, as well as a place for parents/guardians to do the same.
Campers will have the opportunity to attend age-appropriate grief counseling sessions that will address their needs. Licensed mental health professionals will support all campers, adults and children alike, by facilitating these sessions and presenting tools for families to implement at home in the future.
Attending C.O.P.S. Kids Camp will also give campers the chance to participate in fun, challenging activities while providing a camp-like structure that encourages relationship building. We hope that all campers leave the week with an increased sense of personal growth, and a strong support system made up of peers who can truly understand.