Testimonials

What Our Campers Say

It was weird showing up and not knowing a single person, but as time moved on, I felt so welcome.  I’ve always known that I wasn’t alone in my struggle, but when I heard the stories of both the campers and the volunteers, it solidified that for me.  It was an amazing weekend that has really helped me in my own grief journey in knowing that the pain and uncertainty that I faced over the past few years since my parents died can be used to help someone else.  People expect it to be a sad weekend, but it’s not. …
– Charles Graham

What Our Parents Say

“I WOULD HAVE TO SAY, THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I MADE FOR MY SONS TO ATTEND THIS CAMP TO HELP THEM THROUGH THE FIRST YEAR OF THEIR FATHER'S PASSING. [THEY WEREN’T] THAT EXCITED ABOUT ATTENDING THE CAMP, BUT WHEN I PICKED THEM UP, THEY WANTED ANOTHER DAY TO SPEND WITH THEIR BIG BUDDIES AND NEW FRIENDS. MY OLDEST SON WANTS TO VOLUNTEER NOW AND THEY BOTH TALK ABOUT ATTENDING THE CAMP AGAIN. THIS EXPERIENCE HELPED ME AS WELL BECAUSE I SAW OTHER PARENTS/CAREGIVERS STILL GRIEVING ALONG WITH ME. I KNEW I WASN'T THE ONLY ONE.”
– CAMPER PARENT

What Our Partners Say

“SINCE 2012, THE NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION’S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COMFORT ZONE CAMP AND THEIR PROFESSIONAL, COMPASSIONATE STAFF HAS PROVIDED THE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN AND STEPCHILDREN OF FIREFIGHTERS WHO HAVE DIED IN THE LINE-OF-DUTY TO MEET OTHER CHILDREN FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED A SIMILAR LOSS. THE CAMP ATMOSPHERE OF HEALING HELPS OUR CAMPERS BETTER UNDERSTAND THEIR GRIEF WHILE LEARNING SKILLS TO COPE WITH THEIR LOSS IN EVERYDAY LIFE.”
— ERIC NAGLE OF NATIONAL FALLEN
FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION