Camp Kita is a week-long summer camp program open to children ages 8-17 who are survivors of a loved one's suicide.

 Camp Kita was established in 2013 by the Mosher siblings, many years after losing their father to suicide. Camp Kita offers a balance of traditional camp activities - cabins, canoes, campfires and fun - with support sessions aimed to connect, learn, talk about being a suicide survivor and process grief as a community with professional facilitators and the Mosher siblings as adult role models. 

Through diligent fundraising and generous, enthusiastic supporters, we are able to offer our grief support program free of charge

UPDATE

We will be closing our enrollment period soon in order to maintain the integrity of the experience and program we have become so proud of over the past two years. If you have any questions or concerns for a child that has not yet had the opportunity to enroll, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Kita team!

OUR MISSION

Provide a safe, constant environment for young survivors of suicide, by giving direction through common interests, activities and grief management. 

Looking forward to 2016 season! Please click the button above to get more information.
In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death.* 50%
Claiming an average of 102 lives each day.* 100%

These statistics represent the thousands of friends, siblings, mentors, and parents who choose to end their lives; leaving behind an average of 6* intimately affected people with intense feelings of grief.
* based on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Suicide Data Sheet, 2012.

 

OUR VISION 

Provide a safe, nurturing environment where child survivors can connect with one another while learning constructive ways to deal with the often unspeakable and fierce emotion of losing a loved one to suicide.  By creating a space for child survivors, we effectively ease the stigma around what it means to have lost a someone to suicide.  The campers’ shared loss and experience affords them the opportunity of forming deep, knowing bonds with others and thereby forging supportive connections that we hope will last a lifetime.  As a community of survivors, our week-long focus will be to provide and explore constructive forms of self-expression.  We will practice self-awareness as a way of identifying feelings and communicating them in a focused way.  Our focus on grief—on shattering apart—will dovetail with an equally important focus on hope—the power and purpose of piecing oneself together.  Most importantly, we will empower campers to utilize the tools and resources we provide so that they may draw upon them throughout their lives.

Nyaruani, Age 11

Camp Kita was so much fun, it taught me to be a strong fighter and not let this define who I am. I want to go every year and help other children as I grow up. I would encourage any kids who dealt with suicide to go to this camp, you will love it and be glad you did it. I know it’s hard!

Becca, Age 17

My first year at Camp Kita exceeded my expectations. I had no idea what to expect and I was honestly nervous. However, it was an experience that changed my life. I went with my 13 year old brother Billy and I myself am 17. I thought maybe I would be too old and feel out of place, but I fit right in. Meeting Isaiah, Morgan and Sydney was so amazing. They know exactly what I am going through and the environment they created was so welcoming and understanding. We all had that connection of having lost a parent to suicide. The camp itself had both elements of learning to cope with grief which included talking about our losses and also the fun parts! We had an amazing time on the ropes taking the leap of faith, canoeing, swimming and hiking (which was fun despite when I stepped on a wasps nest). All of the elements of camp were fun and the environment was so comforting. I felt so at peace because normally you aren’t surrounded by so many people that know exactly how you feel. Rarely do you run into people who have been through the same loss. I am so thankful for having the opportunity to go to this camp and I can’t wait for next year! — Becca, Age 17

SanSan, Age 13

Camp was not a place where they make you share your feelings, it is a choice. The staff were great as they listened and didn’t try to say they knew how you felt. When I was at camp I felt like we were all the same and like one BIG family. They Taught me that I am a survivor an not different because I only have one parent.