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What is Camp Erin?

Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.  Camp Erin Orange County was created and is supported in part by Eluna.  For more information please visit elunanetwork.org.

May 3-5, 2019

To learn more about Camp Erin Orange County or ways to get involved, please email us (CLICK HERE) or call us at 714.723.1239.


Created and supported in part by Eluna, 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.

For more information about Eluna, please visit elunanetwork.org.

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 Orange County or ways to get involved, please email us (CLICK HERE) or call us at 714.723.1239.




Cabin Big Buddies (CBBs):
CBBs are trained volunteers who will be responsible for the care of all campers assigned to their cabin. Some of the duties of a CBB include: being responsible for the care of all the children in the cabin, creating a fun, positive, supportive and energetic atmosphere for campers, welcoming campers and their families, facilitate camper and cabin-group bonding, sleep in cabins and share meals with assigned campers, accompany campers to activities, know where your assigned campers are at all times, and ENJOY A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE!

Grief Specialists (GS):
Grief Specialists are typically volunteers with clinical experience (Licensed Counselors, Social Workers, Interns/Associates). Grief Specialists are assigned to support a specific cabin, helping to maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for campers. Grief Specialists will be assigned to facilitate pre-determined Grief Activities created by OUR HOUSE staff. Responsibilities include: working with campers and their CBBs during their scheduled grief activities, encouraging campers to engage in and process the activity. GAFs will need to transport supplies to and from their activities at camp and may be assigned to sleep in the cabins with campers and their CBBs. Grief Specialists will report to the Clinical Camp Director
and Assigned Clinical Leads on each camper and how they are processing their grief. Additional Training provided and required (see application for list of required dates)

Family Assessment Counselor:
Must have specific training in counseing or related field (Licensed Counselor, Social Worker, Associate,). These volunteers will assist with our Camp Orientation and Family Meetings on pre-selected dates. All families will attend a brief orientation of camp provided by Camp Director and then meet with trained Family Assessment Counselor to review their application and assess their ability to be successful at camp. Counselors will attend additional training (see application forrequired dates). Counselors may serve another role for camp weekend if interested/available.

Activity Assistants/Floats:
Activity Assistants are a huge part of the smooth operation of camp activities, helping with needs as they arise. This role requires flexibility in acting as a generalist by providing support and assistance to campers, camp staff, and/or camp leadership in various capacities. Activity Assistants may be responsible for relieving CBBs periodically to ensure they have a break and may assume the role of CBB if the need arises and may be assigned to sleep in the cabins with campers and their fellow CBBs.

Camp Nurse:
Responsible for all health-related issues at camp; must have a current California RN license. The Camp Nurses will assess all campers’ medical information, meet the parents/guardians of the campers to discuss any concerns prior to camp, collect all health-related items from each camper, distribute all medications necessary to all campers and will be expected to respond in all medical situations/emergencies at camp.

Responsible for photographing campers and volunteers at all activities throughout the weekend, as well as taking cabin photos and the all-camp photograph. Photographers are also asked to create a short montage video of photos to show parents at the Parent Meeting on Sunday. Must be able to bring your own digital camera and equipment and provide Camp Director with ALL photos by the end of camp weekend. Keeping within confidentiality guidelines, rights to the film and distribution of the film belong to OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Orange County and The Eluna Network exclusively.

Logistics Crew:
Must be energetic and flexible to ensure smooth operation of camp activities and ceremonies by assisting camp Director/Leadership. Responsible for our Command Center/Volunteer Lounge. Will be responsible for ensuring that supplies are inventoried and packed for activities throughout the weekend. Other responsibilities may include setting up activities/ceremonies, setting up and maintaining snacks for volunteers and campers, transport and set up AV equipment for rituals, and/or helping the nurses with CampDoc system and registration.