Our annual Regatta would not be possible without the help of our community and local businesses. Proceeds from the event go towards helping hospice patients and their families as well as providing bereavement support. This important event has become one of the leading fundraisers for Oswego County Hospice. Since it's inception, the Regatta has raised almost $360,000 for patients and their families.
Each year the event draws 20-30 professional sailors to race on Lake Ontario with an on-shore reception following. The reception is open to the public and offers raffles, prizes, live music, food and drink. The winning sailboat has the opportunity to represent Oswego County at the National Hospice Regatta Championship. This important event is one of the leading fundraisers for Oswego County Hospice.
Camp Rainbow of Hope is a residential camp experience held at Camp Hollis for Oswego County children ages 8-12 who have experienced a loss of a loved one. Camp Rainbow of Hope is a place where children can acknowledge their loss of a loved one, develop coping skills, accept the stages of grief, develop an awareness that they are not alone, and celebrate their lives and the lives of those they have lost. Volunteer opportunities include serving as a “Big Buddy” for a camper, or helping in the kitchen with food preparation and clean up.
Big Buddy Program
Campers will be teamed up with a “Big Buddy” teen who will be with them throughout the program to help process their experience.
Staff and Employees
Certified nurses, social workers, teachers and camping professionals will lead the program, while adult personnel will be comfortable on the issues of death and dying, and will have received training on bereavement issues.
Oswego County Hospice Regatta
Camp Rainbow of Hope
FRIENDS OF HOSPICE FUNDED PROGRAM
Big Buddy Application
Making Memory Books
About Camp Hollis
Located on the Southern shore of Lake Ontario, Camp Hollis is only ten minutes from the city of Oswego and has been owned and operated by the county of Oswego since 1946. Since then, it has offered a summer residential camping program for Oswego County youth. The camp offers sleeping cabins with indoor plumbing and electricity.
There is a full medical station, swimming pool and campfire circle. Nutritious, well-balanced meals will be prepared on site, and served in a spacious dining hall.
Arts and Crafts