This year’s COVID-19 health crisis required that overnight camping programs at Camp El Tesoro be cancelled, but volunteers, therapists and Brian Miller, Camp Fire’s Vice President of Outdoor Connections, knew that the youth who relied on the services provided by Camp El Tesoro de la Vida would need support now, more than ever. Together, the team put their heads together to develop a virtual grief counseling program.

Camp Fire First Texas has offered a grief camp for 32 years to children who have experienced a death in their family. This summer, the ongoing COVID situation prevented the traditional grief camp from operating. Camp volunteers and counselors knew children still needed the support this program offers. In an effort to make sure children who need grief counseling receive the care they depend on, the team worked together and is offering a free El Tesoro de la Vida (ETDLV) Counseling Program.

Through the end of the 2020, each child in the ETDLV Counseling Program will receive up to eight (8) individual or group counseling sessions. These services are provided by licensed therapists through partnerships with local counseling centers. If you know a child, ages 6 – 17, who is in need of grief counseling, a parent or guardian can register them at

Participants do not have to be a current or previous ETDLV camper.