FORT WORTH, Texas – Camp Fire USA is accepting applications for El Tesoro de la Vida Grief Camp held July 31-Aug. 6. 

El Tesoro de la Vida, which means “Treasure of Life” in Spanish, is a week-long overnight grief camp for children, ages 6- 17, who have experienced the death of a loved one.

“Grief is an emotion we wish could be reserved only for adults,” said Denis Cranford, who has volunteered for the camp for more than 18 years. 

“El Tesoro de la Vida is a special place for children who have been bereaved, where they express their feelings and learn new ways to cope with grief.”  The program is 90 percent traditional camp activities and 10 percent activities structured to help children through the natural grieving process.

Traditional camp activities include horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, crafts, swimming and sports. Therapists lead daily group sessions allowing campers to share their experience with children like themselves.

The program fee is $520.  Camp scholarships are available for campers with financial need. 

To learn more or request an application, contact 817-831-2111 or

Accredited  by the American Camp Association, the grief camp is held at Camp Fire USA’s Camp El Tesoro, which is located 45 minutes southwest of Fort Worth near Granbury, Texas.