About Camp MAGIK

Our Name

The MAGIK in Camp MAGIK is an acronym representing our primary reason for conducting camps- Mainly About Grief In Kids.

Our Mission

Where bereaved children and their caregivers begin to heal in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our Goals

Participants will feel supported, participants will be able to normalize feelings surrounding their loss, participants will have healthy coping skills, and participants will experience less distress surrounding the death.

Our Vision

Camp MAGIK model will be a nationally recognized source of support for children and families grieving the death of a loved one.

Our History

Each year in Georgia, thousands of children and teens lose a parent. There are few resources to help them deal with their situation. Unfortunately, unattended and unresolved grief in youth can have serious consequences. These facts and the founder’s personal experience losing her father tragically in her late teens, led to the beginning of Camp MAGIK. It was started in 1995 by Dr. Rene McClatchey. This first session was attended by 17 children. However, word of mouth spread quickly, and the following year, Dr. McClatchey operated two camps with 30 and 40 children respectively. Now there are three camp sessions a year with a limit of 70 children per camp. Since its inception in 1995, Camp MAGIK has held over 60 camp sessions and served more than 3,000 children and adolescents.