Camp Ray of Hope, a program of Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, is now accepting registrations for the 2015 fall session, which runs Sept. 18-20. Camp Ray of Hope is an annual retreat held at Friends Camp in South China for Maine families and individuals whose loved one has died from a terminal illness or sudden unexpected death. Friends Camp is rented for the entire weekend to create a retreat environment where families can feel safe and comfortable knowing that there will not be any intrusion from the outside world.

Camp Ray of Hope provides grieving families the opportunity to network with other people throughout the state who are also in the midst of transition from loss by death. Children and adults participate with their peers in support groups and workshops that encourage healthy outlets and self care with trained support group facilitators.

Friends Camp is a beautiful outdoor setting offering swimming, fishing and canoeing in surroundings that are peaceful and unspoiled. Massage therapists, Reiki practitioners, manicurists and other complementary care providers donate sessions to campers of all ages. Child care is available on site for infants and toddlers.

Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The cost for the weekend is $60 per person, $120 for a family of two or $180 for a family of three or more. The fee includes lodging, meals and programs. If you choose not to spend the night at Friend’s Camp, the fee for the weekend is $40 per person, $70 for a family of two or $100 for a family of three or more. Registration is required. Scholarships are available. Call 873-3615, ext. 19 or email Jillian Roy at [email protected] with questions or to request a brochure and registration form. For more information, visit the website