Family Counseling and Payee Service
Summer of Healing Summer Camp

July 21nd-July 27th, 2019

Summer of Healing is a camp that helps youth ages 8-18 recover from the detrimental effects of sexual abuse. For children and teens that have been sexually abused in their young lives, recovery can be difficult. For the past 20 years, Family Counseling Service of Northern Nevada has offered this unique camp experience to Nevada youth to help with their healing process.

The camp is specifically for those children and youth who have been sexually abused, giving all attendees a safe place for healing. Summer of Healing Camp consists of a "sleep away camp" style atmosphere coupled with a counseling component, which is essential for healing. Campers will attend group therapy daily, and also have access to individual counseling if needed. Campers swim, hike, bike, do arts and craft, and engage in other fun camp activities, including cabin games and full camp activities. Campers interact with all other campers during the day, as well as Camp Ronald McDonald Camp staff and Summer of Healing staff. Please note, there is not a lot of down time during the day. A typical day at camp looks something like this:

7:00-8:00 Rise and shine!
8:00-8:15 Flagpole and songs (bring your singing voice)
8:15-9:00 Breakfast in the cafeteria with your cabin
9:00-9:30 Clean up your cabin
9:30-10:20 Waterfront
10:30-11:20 Group Counseling
11:30-12:20 Drama
12:20-12:30 Flagpole and songs!
12:30-1:30 Lunch in the cafeteria with your cabin
1:30-2:30 Choice of yoga, family sculpting or group work
2:30-4:30 Free time (you can make a short phone call home, swim, bike, etc)
4:30-5:15 Showers and cleaning up for dinner
5:15-5:30 Flagpole and songs
5:30-6:30 Dinner in the cafeteria with your cabin
6:30-7:00 Lawn Games! (full camp activity)
7:00-8:30 Battle of the Cabins
8:30-9:00 Campfire
9:00-10:00 Showers and end of day cabin activity
10:00 Lights out!

Most camp activities are done with the campers' cabin mates, but there are several activities that the whole camp is involved in. Cabin assignments are made by the camp coordinator based on camper's age, previous camp experience and other provided information. Cabin assignments are not negotiable, though staff meet nightly to go over cabin issues and may make changes to benefit the whole of the cabin. Because campers do everything with their cabin, it is hard to switch cabins mid week or allow campers to come up mid week. Please, no bunking requests.

Eagle Lake is geographically close to Susanville, but a mountain range separates the two. This means phone service is spotty at best. In our experience, track phones and pay as you go phones don't get reception at camp. The big carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile) only have limited reception. It is possible your camper may not be able to reach you during camp. If you prefer, you can send a calling card, but due to time constraints and there only being one landline, calling card calls are limited to 5 minutes. Campers have access to phones only during the start of free time.

Family Counseling Service has a nurse on site to hand out medications, and treat minor illness and injury, bug bites and scrapes. If a major illness or injury occurs, campers may be transported to the nearest hospital and parents will be notified. Please make sure to note on the application any medical concerns your camper has.

You can mail your fully completed application to the address at the bottom of our website, or fax your application to 775-322-6930. If you are local, feel free to bring it in person. You can scan and  e-mail it to, but please note our e-mail is not encrypted.  Campers will only be considered for one camp this year. 

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to help us with our camps. Volunteers mentor attending youth, provide 24/7 supervision, and eat, sleep and play with the kids. They help engage kids, and provide direct support to the kids and the onsite therapists. Volunteers sleep in cabins, go on outings and enjoy the benefits of being at a “sleep-away” summer camp on a beautiful lake front! Please note, this is a week long sleep away camp, and volunteers need to be able to attend the full camp. Volunteers must be able to pass a CANS registry check as well as a full back ground check. Please complete the entire application and provide a copy of your ID. If you are in Vegas or Henderson, please contact our office for details on how to get your background check.  If you are in Reno, please come into the office to pick up your fingerprint card and get additional information. Thank you!