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Children Of Incarcerated Parents Attend First Summer Camp
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This recent news release by the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) provides a view into the activities at their first summer camp for children of incarcerated parents. The DOC, in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, hosted the Kids United By Incarceration, KUBI, camp from June 17–19 to provide “a fun experience the kids might not otherwise have the opportunity enjoy”.

DOC campFrom the article:

  • Twenty-two children arrived at a remote wooded camp this week with a secret they’re often afraid to tell others. A casual visitor wouldn’t notice. The children were laughing and smiling as they kayaked, swam and did normal kid stuff at Camp Lyle Mcleod, located by an isolated lake near Belfair State Park.

  • “A lot these kids will not say their parents are in prison because they’re afraid of what other kids will think of them,” said Bea Giron, a specialist with DOC’s family services unit. “Here, these kids are openly speaking of it.”

  • Giron came up with the idea of hosting a camp, solely for children who have parents in prison. She’s not aware of any other state with a similar program.

  • DOC employees acted as counselors for the children, staying with them in yurts at the camp, helping them with activities and broaching the sometimes difficult conversations about having a parent in prison.

  • Funding for the camp comes from offenders and their families through the Offender Betterment Fund. No tax dollars were used. The projected cost of the camp, not including donations, is about $6,000.

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Posted Tue, Jun 30 2015 7:44 AM by Susan Powell

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