WHAT IS CAMP ERIN?
Created and supported by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.
Children and teens ages 6-17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for youth to restore hope, enhance self-esteem, and learn that they are not alone.
The Moyer Foundation partners with hospices and bereavement organizations to bring hope and healing to thousands of grieving children and teens each year.
Camp Erin is named in memory of Erin Metcalf, a remarkable young woman who developed liver cancer when she was 15 years old. Karen and Jamie Moyer met Erin through Make-A-Wish and were immediately drawn into a friendship with Erin and her family. Erin had a compassionate heart, and when she was hospitalized, she often expressed concern for the other children in the hospital as well as their siblings. She recognized the impact the illness of a family member had on the siblings and their need for support and attention.
In 2000, when Erin died at the age of 17, Karen and Jamie Moyer wished to honor Erin’s memory and her caring spirit. Acknowledging her love of children and her desire to help others, the Moyers felt that a grief camp for children would be a befitting tribute. The first Camp Erin was established in Everett, Washington in 2002 to honor Erin’s passion for life and desire to help other kids and teens. Now there are over 48 locations across the country, and over 21,617 campers have attended Camp Erin.
Camp Erin makes a profound difference in the lives of grieving children by increasing levels of hope, enhancing self-esteem, and by providing positive coping skills.
Camp Erin allows youth to:
- Tell their story in a safe environment
- Process grief in healthy ways
- Meet friends facing similar circumstances
- Learn they are not alone
- Build a toolbox of coping skills and resources
- Remember, honor, and memorialize those who have died
- Have fun!
To learn more about Camp Erin or ways to get involved, please contact us.