Murray County Wheel-Herald
Camp Love's Embrace: A place for
Sally Berg and
Women of Today donated $750.00 to Camp Love's Embrace
(L to R) Katie Harmsen, Kari Carlson, Carla Goedke, Linda Sanow,
Whitney Buesgens, Amy Ruppert, Sue Schreier, and Shelly Lewis.
By Jennifer Clark
We all have ideas, projects,
or events we'd like to see occur during
our lifetime, but how often do we actually act upon them?
us don't get beyond the talking stages, but Whitney Buesgens, on the
other hand, has taken a total action-oriented approach.
Last May, she watched Katie
Couric do an interview from an east coast
grief camp for children who experienced a loss on September
After research, Whitney found that children from the surrounding area
have to travel to Denver, Colorado, or DesMoines, Iowa to attend
similar overnight grief camps. She contacted a local grief
worker who thought the camp would be something special to offer
grieving families. That sparked Whitney's drive to start a
and independent grief camp.
Elementary Principal Sally
Berg was first to join Camp Love's Embrace
Board of Directors as Vice President. Also, joining the board
were Treasurer Janet Voges, family therapist Greg Wasberg, social
worker Marti Engelkes, and social worker Jackie Lanoue.
really the one who puts in all the leg work," said Sally of Whitney.
Whitney approached several
businesses, civic groups, and churches from
the region for financial support. Though the task was
challenging, she found her age to be the most inhibiting
After all, how many people are willing to take a 15 year old seriously;
especially when they're talking about such a demanding project?
Luckily the Board of Directors was there for support and
credibility. Over time, enough funds were obtained to ensure
children would be able to attend the camp completely free of charge.
The overnight camp will make
it's debut on May 3 and 4, just one year
after Whitney began her worthwhile journey. Camp Love's
will be held at the Lakota Retreat Center on Lake Shetek and accepts
any child, but focuses on those from Minnesota, South Dakota, and
northern Iowa. Paired with a buddy, children ages 6-14 will
able to deal with grief related to the loss of a loved one through art,
music, circle time, and rituals with the guidance of skilled counselors.
Camp Love's Embrace promises
to be a supportive environment for children to begin the healing