Camp Nabi and Phoenix Rising

  • handsholdingcampBringing Grieving Children and Teens Together
    August 7 - 9, 2015

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

Camp Nabi: For over 20 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 8, 2015.  Children entering 3rd - 8th grade will stay the entire weekend from Friday night to Sunday afternoon (August 7 -9).Trent Video Screenshot1

 Click on the picture above to view a video about children living with loss.  

Phoenix Rising: 
A weekend retreat for high school aged teens who are grieving the death of a loved one.  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.  This past year, the teens had an opportunity to document and narrate their grief journey through a short documentary.  Alison Harbaugh of Sugar Farm Productions is the film maker working on this project. 

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Click on the picture above to view a Phoenix Rising video.

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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.  


If you would like your child to attend camp please download an application.  Completed applications along with the $100 registration fee are due no later than July 24, 2015. Spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis.  Our camps are quite popular and fill up fast so please return your application as soon as possible.  If you would like for your child to attend but are unable to cover the registration fee, please feel free to call or email our camp director, , to discuss.  There are several small scholarships for those in need. After your child is accepted, the camp is free of further charge to you. All lodging, meals, snacks and activities are included.  Note: if you have any questions or would like us to send an application, please call 888.501.7077.  

Completed applications may be scanned and emailed to  or mailed to:
Chesapeake Life Center
Camp Nabi/Phoenix Rising
90 Ritchie Highway
Pasadena, MD 21122

Mandatory Parent Meeting
There is a requirement for the parent or guardian to attend an information meeting prior to camp at our Pasadena office.  If your child is accepted to camp, please plan to attend one of these required orientation meetings:

July 14th (Tuesday) 7:00 – 8:30 pm
July 28th (Tuesday) 7:00 – 8:30 pm
August 3rd (Monday) 7:00 – 8:30 pm

If you would like more information about the bereavement camp or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Linda Turner, Camp Director at 888.501.7077 or email 

Thank you to the staff, creative team and over 70 highly trained volunteers who share the entire weekend being present for the children and teens.  


Chesapeake Life Center would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their generous contributions to Camp Nabi/Phoenix Rising 2015:
Anne Arundel County Office of the County Executive
Birds of Prey #10
Hey Dude! Foundation Trust
Hospice Hundred

Knott Foundation
Living Legacy Foundation

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore

Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis

There were many generous gifts given this year. For a complete list of donors, please visit