Pure Stoke Surf Camp
Surfing for Hope (S4H) Foundation is proud to announce its second year of the Pure Stoke Youth Program. The S4H Youth Program has been made possible by the continued support of the Sharkey Foundation and the SFH Foundation’s annual fundraiser/surf contest. The goal of the Youth Program is to recognize and provide support to what we believe is an often overlooked group of cancer victims: Adolescent and teenage children whose parents are going through the cancer fight.
Those children who are living with parents fighting cancer and who are old enough to understand the consequences of their parents plight are generally overlooked by the medical cancer support community. These young secondary victims are usually not able to attend office visits and therefore do not feel part of the team. They can have a sense of helplessness as they see the pain and suffering of their parent going through the cancer battle. They are also witness to the emotional strain of the other parent who is trying to support their sick spouse.
Through other cancer resource centers, youth group support programs have been developed, though have proven to be largely unsuccessful due to lack of attendance. To those involved, it became very clear that adolescents, teenagers and young adults do not want to sit in a room at the resource center talking about their feelings.
We believe that the S4H Youth Program addresses this issue by providing a safe, fun environment, utilizing the healing energy of the beach and ocean in which these young victims can find an outlet to help them deal with the stress of a parent with cancer. Our program is designed to support a day at the beach with other children who are facing similar situations. Our vision is to provide these youth with surf lessons, beach volleyball, marine biology education and other “fun” beach activities in setting of a non-intimidating environment staffed by supportive instructors and counselors.
There is no cost and lunch will be provided. Parents are welcome to stay and spend the day on the beach, though, they can certainly leave their child and enjoy some free time as well.
Sessions are regularly scheduled on the third Saturday of every month beginning in March 2017 and will run March through October. Special 3 day camps in summer can be arranged as well.
Tentative dates for 2017:
- March 18, 2017
- April 15, 2017
- May 20, 2017
- June 17, 2017
- July 15, 2017
- August 19, 2017
- September 16, 2017
- October 21, 2017
If you would like your child to particiapte in this program, you may send in an application by clicking here (or the link located above).
Free swim clinics for kids of all ages. If you would like more information on these clinics please contact us!