Machane Koby provides children ages 8 – 18 who have lost an immediate family member to terror or tragedy with a safe, fun and therapeutic summer sleep away camp experience.
Machane Koby is, first of all, a fun and exciting place to get away from the every day pressures of life in Israel. At the same time however, many of the activities are led by professional therapists who, through art, drama, music and other forms of play therapy give children the opportunity to express their emotions and anxieties concerning their family’s trauma and to do it in a way that is safe, constructive, creative and natural. Counselors are specially trained and a low camper-counselor ratio insures that each child receives an abundance of care and attention.
Each summer up to 400 bereaved children benefit from Machane Koby’s unique atmosphere of emotional support, group activities and individual attention.
Machane Koby consists of a youth camp for ages 9-13 and a teen camp for ages 14-17. Follow up programs consist of 2-4 day reunions camps during the year and on-going activities that bring the children together during the year. Together our programs provide a nurturing emotional support network. Many parents say that their children look forward to the camp all year. The fun and support the kids receive give them the strength to return to life with increased vigor and emotional stability. Most important, they know they are not alone.
Machane Koby and its follow up programs have five primary objectives: