So what do you do when you no longer fit what the world thinks of as a “normal” family? Who do you turn to? How do you parent? What do you tell your kids? How do you redefine “normal?”

While we may not have all the answers…we do know what you’re going through.

Heading into our fifth year, Family Camp of New York (formerly known as Camp Hope) exists for anyone who has ever been part of a single-parent family. Whether you’re a single parent, adult child, blended family, or empty-nester, the common thread of being part of a single parent family at one point or another binds us together – and allows us to mentor one another, support one another, listen, learn, and love.

Family Camp Stories


The first time I came to camp with my children I was very apprehensive.  I didn’t want to be there, my husband had just passed away and my children and I were in a very vulnerable and sad state.  A veteran camper sat down next to me and treated me like I had been in the “Camp Family” for years.  She put my mind and heart to ease and we instantly felt welcomed and embraced.  We look forward to this special week as a family all year round.  It has made a difference in our family’s healing, our dynamics and has brought us closer together.  It has also illustrated to my children that no matter how our family is made up, we are still a family, our dynamics have just shifted.

~ CCBM, widowed & now remarried, attending for 14 years.



I always love the first day we are all at camp, reuniting with old campers and meeting new campers.  We are all instantly one big family.

~ EB, child of widowed family, attending for 14 years


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Some fond memories from our past campers

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