Memorial Day

Chesapeake Life Center will be closed Monday, May 30, 2016 in observance of Memorial Day.  

Camp Nabi and Phoenix Rising

Celebrating 25 Years Bringing Grieving Children and Teens Together
August 12 - 14, 2016

For one weekend during August, Chesapeake Life Center staff and trained volunteers give grieving children and teens the gifts of hope and healing. 

handsholdingpagemoduleCamp Nabi: For 25 years, children, ages 6 - 13, have come to Camp Nabi to learn that they are not alone and share their stories in a safe environment while enjoying fun camp activities, such as swimming and canoeing. The camp is staffed with professionals and each child is partnered with a Big Buddy, a trained volunteer.  As children play and work together as a team, they explore loss, find strength and realize that with time and help they will make it through.

Children entering 1st and 2nd grade will attend a day camp on Saturday, August 13th.  

  • Children entering 3rd - 8th grade will stay the entire weekend from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. 

Phoenix Rising: A weekend retreat for high school aged teens who are grieving the death of a loved one to learn about the grief process.  Together they discover resiliency, strength of character and explore coping strategies through team building activities, such as scaling the wall on the Initiative and Confidence Course.  

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Click on images above to view Phoenix Rising and Camp Nabi videoes.


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Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center
975 Indian Landing Road
Millersville, Maryland
Nestled in a wooded setting on the Severn River in Anne Arundel County all participants stay in secure, comfortable air-conditioned cabins.  

Get Started

If you would like your child to attend camp this year, please complete the application and return with the one-time registration fee of $100.  Spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis.  This year's deadline is July 15, 2016.   Community support allows us to offer limited scholarships for families with demonstrated need. Please read our Parent/Guardian camp letter.   If you have questions, need additional information, or would like to have an application mailed to you please or call 888.501.7077.  

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By Mail:
Chesapake Life Center
Camp Nabi/Phoenix Rising
John & Cathy Belcher Campus
90 Ritchie Highway 
Pasadena, MD 

By Email:

Applications will be reviewed and you will be notified of your child's acceptance.  Prior to camp, a parent or guardian is required to attend an informational session at our Pasadena or Largo office.  This meeting is mandatory.


Thank you to the staff, creative team and over 60 highly trained volunteers who share the entire weekend being present for the children and teens.  

Our team is grateful for the generosity of individuals and community organization, which allows us to serve grieving people in our community without creating an excessive financial burden.  The estimated cost per child is to attend camp is $500, yet a family pays a one-time camp fee of $100 per child and scholarships are available. Chesapeake Life Center would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their generous contributions to Camp Nabi/Phoenix Rising 2016:

Anne Arundel County Office of the County Executive
Birds of Prey #10
Hey Dude! Foundation Trust
Hospice Hundred

Living Legacy Foundation
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore
St. Anne's Episcopal Church
Westrick Family