A Place Where Kids Transform

Camp Mariposa is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth who have been impacted by substance abuse in their families. Camp Mariposa is offered free of charge to all families.

Children ages 9-12 attend transformational weekend camps multiple times a year. Campers participate in fun traditional camp activities combined with education and support exercises led by mental health professionals and trained mentors.

Additional educational, social and mentoring activities are offered for campers, teens, and their families throughout the year. These activities build knowledge, coping skills, confidence and an opportunity to connect with one another. Led by mental health professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Mariposa provides a safe, fun and supportive environment critical to help break the cycle of addiction.

Camp Mariposa allows youth to:

  • Have fewer feelings of isolation and guilt
  • Meet friends facing similar situations
  • Understand that addiction is a disease
  • Avoid the juvenile justice system
  • Build confidence and coping skills
  • Make positive choices in life
  • Develop relationships with mentors
  • Have fun!

What Is It Like to Live With a Family Member Who Has a Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

Experience what it’s like for children impacted by a family member’s addiction and how Camp Mariposa helps children.

The Voices of Camp Mariposa

Through the voices of campers and camp mentors, learn more about what Camp Mariposa means to each of them and the impact it has on their lives.   

The Moyer Foundation thanks Indivior for production of this video during a weekend visit to Camp Mariposa.  Recognizing addiction as a global human crisis, and with over 20 years of experience in the addiction field, Indivior has partnered with The Moyer Foundation to support the sustainability and growth of Camp Mariposa.  

Family Addiction

Youth who grow up with an addicted family member are at significant risk of developing their own addiction, either as a teen or adult. Currently there are 20 million Americans who are living with their own addiction and another 100 million family members impacted by the addiction of someone they love. More than nine million children in the U.S. are living in a home with a parent who uses illicit drugs. Many of these children struggle in school, develop physical and emotional issues and witness or are the target of family violence or sexual abuse.

  • Children impacted by a family member’s addiction are at far greater risk than peers to suffer from depression and anxiety as well as health and learning challenges.
  • Children living with an addicted family member are 4 times more likely to develop a future addiction of their own.

The Moyer Foundation strives to intervene early and break the intergenerational cycle of addiction.

  • 8.3 Million Children

    8.3 million children in the U.S. live with a least one parent in need of treatment for alcohol or drug dependency. These children are 4 times more likely to develop an addiction of their own.

  • First Time Use

    Every day, more than 21,000 individuals ages 12 and over try drugs and alcohol for the first time.

  • Early Choices

    Youth who began using addictive substances before age 15 are nearly 7 times more likely to develop a substance problem than those who delay first use until age 21 or older.

Comprehensive Continuum of Care

  • Mentoring

    Mentoring is an effective way to support children who have been impacted by the addiction of a family member. Children and teens that can rely on supportive adults have increased independence, stronger social skills, a better ability to cope with difficult emotional experiences, and positive day-to-day coping skills. Camp Mariposa participants have planned social and educational activities with their mentors in between the camp weekends.

  • Mindfulness

    Mindfulness has been proven to benefit children and teens who have experienced early trauma in their lives. It can lessen both anxiety and depression. Mindfulness activities such as deep breathing, stretching/movement yoga and wilderness hikes are incorporated into the Camp Mariposa weekend.

  • Signs of Suicide

    Children who live with an addicted family member are at a significantly higher risk for depression and suicidal thoughts. The Signs of Suicide Program screens campers for risk and referrals are made for professional care as needed. Campers also have the opportunity to participate in guided discussions and learn to recognize signs of depression and suicide in themselves and others.

Find Your Camp

For camp dates, location, and contact information, click the dot on the map nearest you or your state name below. To register or for questions, please contact the camp partner listed.  Camp Mariposa is offered free of charge to all families.  We look forward to seeing you at Camp Mariposa!

If you are a youth serving or mental health organization interested in bringing the Camp Mariposa program to your community, please contact us to learn more about a partnership with The Moyer Foundation. If you are 18 years old and older interested in becoming at mentor, please contact the location closest to you.

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    • Camp Mariposa Nashua, NH
      • Nashua, New Hampshire
      • Hosted by: Barbara C. Harris Camp
      • Sept. 23-25, 2016
        Dec. 2-4, 2016
      • Kurt Norris
      • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua
      • 603-883-0523
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Montgomery County, MD
      • Gaithersburg, MD
      • Hosted by: The Claggett Center
      • Oct. 28-30, 2016
      • Katie Ellis
      • Hospice Caring, Inc.
      • 301-869-4673
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin South Idaho
      • Twin Falls, ID
      • Hosted by: Camp Kum Ba Yah
      • Sept.16-18, 2016
      • Teresa Nussbacher, LMSW
      • Kids Count Too!, Inc.
      • 208-352-2994
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Houston
    • Camp Mariposa Eastern Kentucky
      • Buckhorn, KY
      • Hosted by: Youth Haven Bible Camp
      • July 15-17, 2016
        Aug. 26-28, 2016
        Oct. 21-23, 2016
        Dec. 9-11, 2016
      • Jennifer Kuss
      • Buckhorn Children and Family Services
      • 606-359-3040
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa St. Petersburg
      • St. Petersburg, FL
      • Hosted by: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve (Feb, April, Oct., Dec.), KOA Campground (June and August)
      • Apr. 15-17, 2016
        Jun. 10-12, 2016
        Aug. 12-14, 2016
        Oct. 14-16, 2016
        Dec. 2-4, 2016
      • Brenda Lydic
      • WestCare GulfCoast
      • 727-490-6768 ext. 30207
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa South Bend
      • South Bend, IN
      • Hosted by: The Oaks at SouthPaw Farm
      • Apr. 1-3, 2016
        Jun. 3-5, 2016
        Aug. 5-7, 2016
        Oct. 7-9, 2016
        Dec. 2-4, 2016
      • Kristin Tawadros
      • Oaklawn Psychiatric Center
      • 574-533-1234 ext. 298
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Sarasota/Manatee
      • Sarasota, FL
      • Hosted by: DaySpring Conference Center (June, Aug.) and Dream Oaks Camp (April, Oct.)
      • Apr. 15-17, 2016
        Jun. 17-19, 2016
        Aug. 12-14, 2016
        Oct. 14-16, 2016
      • Jeanette Altman
      • Jewish Family & Children's Services of Sarasota-Manatee
      • 941-600-6104
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa San Diego
      • San Diego, CA
      • Hosted by: Pine Valley Bible Conference Center
      • Apr. 15-17, 2016
        Jun. 3-5, 2016
        Aug. 5-7, 2016
        Oct. 28-30, 2016
        Dec. 9-11, 2016
      • Lucy Jasso
      • San Diego Youth Services
      • 619-258-6877 x3215
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Philadelphia
      • Philadelphia, PA
      • Hosted by: Camp Men-O-Lan
      • Apr. 1-3, 2016
        Jun. 10-12, 2016
        Aug. 26-28, 2016
        Oct. 7-9, 2016
        Dec. 9-11, 2016
      • Candis Ubiles
      • Penn Foundation
      • 267-404-5007
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa New Orleans
      • New Orleans, LA
      • Hosted by: Camp Whispering Pines
      • May 20-22, 2016
        Aug. 12-14, 2016
      • Rambo Schutz
      • Youth Empowerment Project
      • 504-914-6159
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Los Angeles
      • Los Angeles, CA
      • Hosted by: Camp Bloomfield (Jan., Nov.), Camp Hollywoodland (Apr.), Camp Round Meadow (May, Aug.),Camp Oakes (Sept.)
      • Apr. 15-17, 2016
        May 13-15, 2016
        Aug. 19-21, 2016
        Sept. 16-18, 2016
        Nov. 18-20, 2016
      • Danielle Lowe
      • Shields for Families
      • 323-242-5000 x4133
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Everett/Seattle
      • Everett, WA
      • Hosted by: Camp Killoqua (Apr.), Cedar Springs Camp (June, July, Oct.)
      • Apr. 22-24, 2016
        Jun. 10-12, 2016
        July 29-31, 2016
        Oct. 21-23, 2016
      • Megan Boyle
      • Compass Health
      • 425-349-8153
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Washington DC
      • Washington, DC
      • Hosted by: Camp Wabanna
      • Apr. 1-3, 2016
        May 20-22, 2016
        Sept. 9-11, 2016
        Oct. 14-16, 2016
        Dec. 2-4, 2016
      • Krystal McKinney
      • National Center for Children and Families
      • 301-365-4480 x.112
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Eastern Ontario
      • Cornwall, ON, Canada
      • Hosted by: Rideau Hill Camp
      • May 20-22, 2016
      • Michele Smith
      • Carefor Health & Community Services
      • 613-932-3451
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Hamilton, Ontario
      • Hamilton, ON, Canada
      • Hosted by: Camp Wenonah Bracebridge
      • Jun. 10-12, 2016
      • Karen Nowicki
      • Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice
      • 905-387-2448 x2208
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Toronto
      • Toronto, ON, Canada
      • Hosted by: Manitou Camp
      • Jun. 3-5, 2016
      • Rebecca Diamond
      • Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre
      • 416-360-1111
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Milwaukee
      • Milwaukee, WI
      • Hosted by: Covenant Harbor
      • Jul. 8-10, 2016
      • Kevin Gahagan
      • Seasons Hospice Foundation
      • 414-454-7029
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC
      • Washington, DC
      • Hosted by: Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center
      • Jun. 24-26, 2016
      • Stephanie Handel
      • WENDT Center and Camp Forget-Me-Not
      • 202-624-0010
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Tacoma
      • Tacoma, WA
      • Hosted by: YMCA Camp Seymour
      • Jun. 10-12, 2016
      • Darren Wenz
      • BRIDGES: Center for Grieving Children
      • 253-403-1966
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Seattle
      • Seattle, WA
      • Hosted by: Camp Korey
      • Aug. 14-16, 2016 (Teens)
        Sept. 9 -11, 2016 (Kids)
      • Emili Fletcher
      • Providence Hospice of Seattle
      • 206-749-7691
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Everett
      • Everett, WA
      • Hosted by: Camp Killoqua
      • Aug. 19-21, 2016
      • Hannah Herkert
      • Providence Hospice & Home Care Snohomish County
      • 425-261-4807
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Dallas/Fort Worth
      • Dallas, TX
      • Hosted by: Camp AKIVA
      • Jul. 22-24, 2016
      • Janet Johnston
      • ChristianWorks for Children
      • 972-960-9981
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Pittsburgh
      • Pittsburgh, PA
      • Hosted by: Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer
      • Jun. 17-19, 2016
      • Heather Beachler
      • Good Samaritan Hospice
      • 724-933-8888
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Philadelphia
      • Philadelphia, PA
      • Hosted by: College Settlement Camp
      • May 13-15, 2016
      • Eric Trumbower
      • UPENN's Wissahickon Hospice
      • 610-617-2486
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Portland
      • Portland, OR
      • Hosted by: Camp Kuratli
      • Aug. 12-14, 2016
      • Christi Crowley
      • Providence Hospice of Oregon
      • 503-215-5879
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Cleveland
      • Cleveland, OH
      • Hosted by: Hartland Camp
      • Aug. 12-14, 2016
      • Julia Ellifritt
      • Cornerstone of Hope
      • 216-236-5003 x223
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Cincinnati
      • Cincinnati, OH
      • Hosted by: Camp Joy
      • Jul. 15-17, 2016
      • Sally Ries
      • Fernside
      • 513-246-9140
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin of the Carolinas
      • Charlotte, NC
      • Hosted by: South Mountain Christian Camp
      • Nov. 11-13, 2016
      • Cy Miller
      • Hospice of Rutherford County
      • 828-245-0095
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Las Vegas
      • Las Vegas, NV
      • Hosted by: Potosi Pines Camp
      • Jun. 3-5, 2016
      • Jennifer Mauceri
      • Nathan Adelson Hospice
      • 720-733-0320 x3185
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin New York City
      • New York City, NY
      • Hosted by: Camp Wayne
      • Aug. 26-28, 2016
      • Ann Fuchs
      • The COPE Foundation
      • 914-939-5338
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Albany
      • Albany, NY
      • Hosted by: Fowler Camp and Retreat Center
      • Sept. 23-25, 2016
      • Amy Weinar
      • The Community Hospice
      • 518-843-5412
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Lincoln
      • Lincoln, NE
      • Hosted by: Camp Carol Joy Holling
      • Sept. 23-25, 2016
      • Pam Dinneen
      • Mourning Hope Grief Center
      • 402-488-8989
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin St. Louis
      • St. Louis, MO
      • Hosted by: Camp Wartburg
      • Jun. 13-17, 2016
      • Kylie McCarver
      • Annie's Hope
      • 314-965-5015
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Kansas City
      • Kansas City, MO
      • Hosted by: Tall Oaks Conference Center
      • Jun. 10-12, 2016
      • Lisa Farmer
      • Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care/Solace House
      • 816-363-2600
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Twin Cities
      • Twin Cities, MN
      • Hosted by: Camp Heartland
      • Jul. 22-24, 2016
      • Jenny Simmonds
      • Fairview Youth Grief Services
      • 952-892-2797
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Detroit
      • Detroit, MI
      • Hosted by: Camp Tamarack
      • Aug. 12-14, 2016
      • Peggy Nielsen
      • SandCastles Grief Support Program
      • 313-874-6881
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Boston
      • Boston, MA
      • Hosted by: Camp Bauercrest
      • Aug. 19-21, 2016
      • Jennifer Wiles
      • CareGroup Parmenter Home Care and Hospice, Inc
      • 508-358-3000 x244
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Baltimore
      • Baltimore, MD
      • Hosted by: North Bay Adventure Camp
      • Aug. 7-9, 2016
      • Kelli Tucker
      • Roberta's House
      • 410-235-6633
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin South Louisiana
      • New Orleans, LA
      • Hosted by: Camp Abbey
      • Oct. 28-30, 2016
      • Whitney Craig
      • Cancer Services
      • 225-927-2273
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Indianapolis
      • Indianapolis, IN
      • Hosted by: Spring Hill Camps
      • Aug. 19-21, 2016
      • Kelly Petersohn
      • Community Health Network
      • 317-621-4227
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Chicago
      • Chicago, IL
      • Hosted by: Camp Manitoqua
      • Aug. 26-28, 2016
      • Laura Cottrell
      • Adventist St. Thomas Hospice
      • 630-856-6985
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Lewis-Clark Valley
      • Lewiston, ID
      • Hosted by: Camp Wooten
      • Jul. 15-17, 2016
      • Shay Wood
      • Willow Center Inc.
      • 509-780-1156
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Hawaii
      • Kona, HI
      • Hosted by: Wai'aha Farms
      • Jun. 24-26, 2016
      • Laura Varney
      • Hospice of Kona
      • 808-324-7700
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Atlanta
      • Atlanta, GA
      • Hosted by: Fortson 4-H Center
      • May 20-22, 2016
      • Rene Searles McClatchey
      • Camp Magik
      • 404-790-0140
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Tampa Bay
      • Tampa Bay, FL
      • Hosted by: World of Life Retreat Center
      • Feb. 17-19, 2017
      • Daniel Partridge
      • Suncoast Kid's Place
      • 813-990-0216
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin South Florida
      • Miami, FL
      • Hosted by: Camp Owaissa Bauer (Feb.), Hugh Taylor Birch Park (Nov.)
      • Mar. 4-6, 2016
        Apr. 22-24, 2016
        Oct. 7-9, 2016
      • Crystal Ann England, LMFT
      • Catholic Hospice
      • 305-351-7026
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Connecticut
      • Meriden, CT
      • Hosted by: Camp Awosting
      • Jun. 3-5, 2016
      • Mary Andersen
      • The Cove Center for Grieving Children
      • 203-634-0500
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Denver
      • Denver, CO
      • Hosted by: Camp Granite Lake
      • Aug. 19-21, 2016
      • Barb Kamlet
      • Shimmering Wings
      • 702-443-3178
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz, CA
      • Hosted by: Mount Hermon Redwood Camp
      • Oct. 7-9, 2016
      • Cindi Gray
      • Hospice of Santa Cruz County
      • 831-430-3000
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Modesto
      • Modesto, CA
      • Hosted by: Camp Jack Hazard
      • Jun. 15-18, 2016
      • Nancy Houghton
      • Community Hospice
      • 209-578-6300
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin San Francisco
      • San Francisco, CA
      • Hosted by: Camp Arroyo
      • Jul. 29-31, 2016
      • Beth Keller or Amy Armes
      • Kara
      • 650-321-5272
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Oakland
      • Oakland, CA
      • Hosted by: CYO Camp
      • Aug. 12-14, 2016
      • Deborah Schwing
      • Hospice by the Bay
      • 415-230-6310
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin San Diego
      • San Diego, CA
      • Hosted by: YMCA Camp Marston
      • Jun. 3-5, 2016
      • Melissa Lunardini
      • The Elizabeth Hospice Center for Compassionate Care
      • 760-796-3705
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Los Angeles
      • Los Angeles, CA
      • Hosted by: Camp Bloomfield
      • Jun. 10-12, 2016
        Aug. 19-21, 2016
      • Karissa Provost
      • OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center
      • 310-473-1511 x221
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Tucson/Phoenix
      • Tucson, AZ
      • Hosted by: Triangle Y Ranch Camp
      • Oct. 21-23, 2016
      • Brigid Maloney
      • Tu Nidito - "Your Little Nest"
      • 520-322-9155
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Anchorage
      • Anchorage, AK
      • Hosted by: Birchwood Camp
      • Sept. 23-25, 2016
      • Julia Terry
      • Hospice of Anchorage
      • 907-561-5322
      • Email Address
      • Website