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Camp Thrive Supports Middle School Students with Addiction-Related Loss and Trauma

Approximately 30 CCPS middle school students who have been or are currently impacted by addiction or addiction-related loss or trauma in their homes or with their loved ones participated in the fourth annual Camp Thrive on July 9 and 10, 2022.

This free day camp, held at Hashawha Environmental Center, was provided by Carroll County Public Schools and Carroll County Youth Service Bureau. The sponsors for the camp were the Office of the State’s Attorney for Carroll County and the Douglas E. Metz Camp Thrive Foundation.

The camp provided a supportive environment where students could build skills in coping and stress management and also recognize their own strengths while sharing with others who have experienced similar challenges. The camp was focused on breaking stigma and building resilience. Activities included hiking, campfires, art therapy, games, canoeing, a ropes course, coping skills groups, and yoga.

Camp Thrive was staffed by professional therapists, school counselors, Pupil Personnel Workers, other CCPS staff, and Hashawha employees. Counselors were available throughout the camp day for individual support as needed.