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Free Summer Camp for Children Impacted by Opioid Addiction

June 5, 2019


Free Summer Camp for Children Impacted by Opioid Addiction

BUCKEYSTOWN, MD - June 4, 2019 The Claggett Center, in partnership with the SpiritWorks Foundation and the Province III Opioid Response Task Force of the Episcopal Church, is accepting applications for Camp Spirit Song, a free summer camp experience for children grades 4-8 who are affected by the opioid addiction of a parent or other close loved one. Camp Spirit Song’s inaugural session is scheduled for August 11-16, 2019.

Through the generous support of passionate donors, Camp Spirit Song is offered at no cost to campers’ families.

This specialized overnight camp will use the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program curriculum for Supportive Education for Children of Addicted Parents, which lists the following core philosophies as central to any successful and healthy intervention program:
  • Children deserve the right to their own recovery and healing.
  • Children deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, value, and worth.
  • Children deserve to be listened to and heard.
  • Children deserve the opportunity to be kids.
"Our work with children and youth is designed to help break the intergenerational cycle of addiction in families. Programs like, Camp Spirit Song, help children and youth build resilience,” shared the Rev. Jan M. Brown, Founding/Executive Director of SpiritWorks Foundation.

“Camp Spirit Song creates a setting in which children can participate in meaningful, compassionate group sessions which honor their experiences and inherent worth, while enjoying all the opportunities that summer camp provides for kids to be kids,” shared Rita Yoe, Claggett Center Programs Coordinator.
Campers will have a chance to participate in all the classic camp activities: crafts, games, hiking, swimming, campfires, and more, in the supportive Christian community that defines all camps at Claggett. Children will be surrounded by caring and reliable adults, including recovery professionals from the SpiritWorks Foundation and trained Claggett Center summer counselors, to affirm their gifts and invite them into community, just as they are.

“The Claggett Center is honored to host Camp Spirit Song--the first camp program of its kind on the east coast. We are committed to working with families, social workers, faith leaders, and more in finding the children and youth who would most benefit from this program and helping ensure they are registered,” added Lisa Marie Ryder, Claggett Center Co-Executive Director.

For more information or to obtain a camper application, visit or contact Programs Coordinator Rita Yoe at 301.874.5147 or

The Claggett Center is the camp, conference, and retreat center of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Nestled in the rolling hills of Frederick County, MD yet only an hour's drive from three international airports in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, the Claggett Center is known for its convenient location, tranquil setting, outstanding facilities, and dynamic programs. The Center is situated on 268 acres with a working farm and stunning views of Sugarloaf Mountain and the Monocacy River Valley. New conference center lodging, meeting, and dining facilities offer full ADA accessibility, private bathrooms, and a professional and comfortable setting for retreats and conferences. Dormitory lodging is available for youth groups in the historic Powell Hall. Our facilitated high and low ropes course is ideal for team building experiences. With an on-site Executive Chef, the Claggett Center offers nutritious and delicious meals and is able to accommodate most dietary needs. 
Media Contact     
Lisa Marie Ryder
301-874-5147 ext. 6388

The Claggett Center
3035 Buckeystown Pike
Adamstown, MD 21710