We are deeply saddened by the senseless violence and loss of life in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York. Our hearts and prayers are with the families and friends of those killed at Robb Elementary School and at Tops Friendly Markets.

We continually strive for camp to be a safe haven for the children who come to Sherwood Forest each summer. For many, it is the chance to escape the challenges experienced in their communities and violence surrounding their neighborhoods. At Sherwood Forest, our campers spend time being children exploring the outdoors. During their time with us, they grow in independence and resiliency. We want each child to grow up to do good in the world.

But we can’t do this important work alone.

We believe that children should feel safe, loved and respected at their schools. Gun violence plagues our country and communities, and unfortunately, the very schools where children should feel protected and nurtured each day. We need our legislatures, both locally and nationally, to work to help eradicate gun violence in our nation. Furthermore, mental health services must be accessible and available to all, regardless of ability to pay.

Our CamperCare team is available for our campers and staff throughout the summer to talk about trauma and any concerns related to violence they might have experienced or have witnessed. Our seasonal staff is undergoing Trauma Informed Care training this week in addition to continued Mental, Emotional and Social Health (MESH) training. We truly hope that the opportunities and resources Sherwood Forest affords our campers will serve as a welcoming and safe space for them to grow, develop and thrive despite whatever challenges they may confront.

Resources for talking to your children about violence:

Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
10 Strategies for Talking to Children about School Shootings
How to Talk with Kids about Racism and Racial Violence