Amanda the Panda Grief & Loss Camp (overnight)

At EveryStep's Amanda the Panda Grief & Loss Camp, children (kindergarten and above), teens and adults find a place of comfort and support as they connect with others who have experienced the death of a loved one. Campers are grouped with peers their own age and enjoy an overnight experience. Amanda the Panda Grief & Loss Camp is typically offered twice annually - in the spring and in the fall. 

Together, with the companionship of trained volunteer camp counselors, campers gather to honor, remember, learn, and grow in their grief journey. Amanda the Panda Grief & Loss Camp counselors and volunteers lead the campers through age-appropriate activities that focus on remembrance and healing.

Some of the activities include:

  • Tie-dye t-shirts
  • Games
  • Campfire
  • Wagon Ride
  • Low-Ropes Course for teens
  • Candlelight Ceremony
  • Small Group Sessions
  • Balloon Release

Summer Day Camp

Amanda the Panda offers a one-day summer day camp on Thursday, June 20, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., for youth ages 10-17 who are experiencing grief or loss. The Nature of Grief Day Camp will offer guided outdoor activities, resiliency skill building and peer-to-peer connection.  The camp will be held at Fred Maytag II Scout Center, 6123 Scout Trail, in Des Moines, IA. There is no charge to attend, but a $35 donation is suggested and appreciated. Please register by Thursday, June 13.

Questions for our Amanda the Panda team?

Please call 515-223-4847 or email

Click here to register for an upcoming Amanda the Panda camp

Download the Amanda the Panda brochure