Where Children and Teens Learn to Grieve and Heal

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 transformational weekend camp 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 increase levels of hope, enhance self-esteem, and especially to learn that they are not alone.

Camp Erin is offered in every Major League Baseball city as well as additional locations across the U.S. and Canada. 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 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 tool-box of coping skills
  • Honor and memorialize loved ones
  • Have fun!

One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp (Trailer)

HBO's Emmy Award winning documentary featuring Camp Erin, One Last Hug illuminates the impact of grief on children. Its inspiring and emotional journey is intimate, cathartic, and a testament to the healing power of friendship and support.  

The full-length documentary is available through HBO and for purchase on Amazon.

What is Camp Erin?

Listen to testimonials from Camp Erin big buddies, campers and Karen and Jamie Moyer to learn more about Camp Erin.

ESPN's E:60 featuring Camp Erin

Known for "telling the best stories in sports," ESPN's E:60 featured Karen and Jamie Moyer and the story of Camp Erin.

Childhood Grief

Every person grieves differently, as does every child. 

Childhood grief is more common than most realize, and knowing how to talk to and guide a child who has experienced the death of someone close to them can be challenging. It is normal for adults to want to protect children from difficult experiences and information. Unaddressed grief, though, can cause youth to feel isolated and alone, both in their family and from other children. Children who are grieving are at greater risk than their peers for depression, suicide, poverty and substance abuse.

Grief is a natural and normal response to death and a lifelong process. It is made up of many different emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Through understanding, support, and opportunities to freely express thoughts and feelings, children and teens can develop healthy coping skills that enhance their lives. A child’s hope can be restored and they once again can imagine a life full of possibilities.

The Moyer Foundation strives to increase awareness and provide resources and support for grieving children.

  • 1.5 Million Grieving Children

    1 in 20 children will experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 15.

  • Increased Risk

    Grieving children are at much greater risk than their peers for depression, suicide, poverty and substance abuse.

  • Grief in the Family

    Of the 73,000 children that die in the U.S. each year, 83% have surviving siblings.

National Memory Board Project

Presented in partnership with the New York Life Foundation

Created in recognition of Children's Grief Awareness Day on November 17th, the National Memory Board Project is an online inspirational board honoring loved ones that have died. Modeled after a remembrance ceremony that happens at every Camp Erin, it provides an opportunity for individuals to share their story and show grieving children they are not alone.

How you can participate:

  • Using social media, post a photo/memory of a loved one using #TMFMemoryBoard directly on The Moyer Foundation's Facebook wall and/or to your personal Instagram or Twitter.
  • Check the Memory Board for your post to appear! Posts will be moderated. Please allow time to see your post on the National Memory Board Project.
View Memory Board Project

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 Erin is offered free of charge to all families. We look forward to seeing you at Camp Erin!

If you are a hospice, hospital or bereavement center and are interested in bringing Camp Erin to your community, please contact us to learn more about a partnership with The Moyer Foundation.

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    • Camp Mariposa West Virginia
      • Princeton, WV
      • Hosted by: Host Camp: Glenwood Park
      • Feb. 24-26, 2017
        Apr. 7-9, 2017
        Jun. 2-4, 2017
        Aug. 25-27, 2017
      • Erica Ellis-Bartling
      • Community Connections, Inc.
      • 304-913-4956
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Nashua, NH
      • Nashua, NH
      • Hosted by: Barbara C. Harris Camp
      • Dec. 2-4, 2016
        Jan. 20-22, 2017
        Mar. 24-25, 2917
        May 12-14, 2017
        Jul. 21-23, 2017
        Sept. 22-24, 2017
      • 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
      • Jun. 2-4, 2017
      • Katie Ellis
      • Hospice Caring, Inc.
      • 301-869-4673
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin South Idaho
      • Twin Falls, ID
      • Hosted by: Camp Kum Ba Yah
      • July 28-30, 2017
      • Teresa Nussbacher, LMSW
      • Kids Count Too!, Inc.
      • 208-352-2994
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Houston
    • Camp Mariposa Eastern Kentucky
      • Buckhorn, KY
      • Hosted by: Camp Burnamwood Irvine
      • July 15-17, 2016
        Aug. 26-28, 2016
        Oct. 21-23, 2016
        Dec. 2-4, 2016
      • Lisa Brown
      • Buckhorn Children and Family Services
      • 606-398-7000, ext. 303
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa St. Petersburg
      • St. Petersburg, FL
      • Hosted by: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve (Feb., Apr., Oct., Dec.), KOA Campground (Jun., Aug.)
      • Dec. 2-4, 2016
        Feb. 10-12, 2017
        Apr. 21-23, 2017
        Jun. 9-11, 2017
        Aug. 11-13, 2017
        Oct. 13-15, 2017
        Dec. 8-10, 2017
      • 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
      • Dec. 2-4, 2016
        Feb. 3-5, 2017
        Apr. 7-9, 2017
        Jun. 2-4, 2017
        Aug. 4-6, 2017
        Oct. 6-8, 2017
        Dec. 1-3, 2017
      • Elizabeth O'Connor
      • Oaklawn Psychiatric Center
      • 574-533-1234, ext. 375
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Sarasota/Manatee
      • Sarasota, FL
      • Hosted by: DaySpring Conference Center (Jan., May, Jul.,) and Dream Oaks Camp (Mar., Sept., Nov.)

      • Jan. 20-22, 2017
        Mar. 31- Apr. 2, 2017
        May 19-21, 2017
        Jul. 21-23, 2017
        Sept. 15-17, 2017
        Nov. 17-19, 2017
      • 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

      • Dec. 9-11, 2016
        Feb. 3-5, 2017
        Apr. 4-7, 2017
        Jun. 2-4, 2017
      • Lucy Jasso
      • San Diego Youth Services
      • 619-258-6877 x3215
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Philadelphia
      • Philadelphia, PA
      • Hosted by: Camp Men-O-Lan
      • Dec. 9-11, 2016
        Feb. 3-5, 2017
        Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2017
        May 19-21, 2017
      • Candis Ubiles
      • Penn Foundation
      • 267-404-5007
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa New Orleans
      • New Orleans, LA
      • Hosted by: Hosted by: Camp Whispering Lanes (May, Aug.), Salmen Scout Reservation (Sept.), Tickfaw State Park (Oct.)
      • May 20-22, 2016
        Aug. 12-14, 2016
        Sept.16-18, 2016
        Oct. 14-17, 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.)
      • Jan. 13-15, 2017
        Mar. 24-26, 2017
        May 19-21, 2017
      • Alisabeth Beecher
      • Compass Health
      • (425) 349-8352
      • 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
        Jan. 20-22. 2017
      • 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. 9-11, 2017
      • Karen Nowicki
      • Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice
      • 905-387-2448 x2208
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Toronto
      • Toronto, ON, Canada
      • Hosted by: Manitou Camp
      • Jun. 2-4, 2017
      • Rebecca Diamond
      • Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre
      • 416-360-1111
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Milwaukee
      • Milwaukee, WI
      • Hosted by: Covenant Harbor
      • Aug. 18-20, 2017
      • 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. 23-25, 2017
      • 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. 18-20, 2017
      • 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. 21-23, 2017
      • Janet Johnston
      • ChristianWorks for Children
      • 972-960-9981
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Pittsburgh
      • Pittsburgh, PA
      • Hosted by: Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer
      • Jun. 9-11, 2017
      • 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. 11-13, 2017
      • Christi Crowley
      • Providence Hospice of Oregon
      • 503-215-5879
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Cleveland
      • Cleveland, OH
      • Hosted by: Heartland Camp
      • Aug. 4-6, 2017
      • 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. 10-12, 2017
      • 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. 25-27, 2017
      • 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. 22-24, 2017
      • Pam Dinneen
      • Mourning Hope Grief Center
      • 402-488-8989
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin St. Louis
      • St. Louis, MO
      • Hosted by: Camp Wartburg
      • Jun. 12-17, 2017
      • Kylie McCarver
      • Annie's Hope
      • 314-965-5015
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Kansas City
      • Kansas City, MO
      • Hosted by: Heartland Center
      • Jun. 9-11, 2017
      • 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. 14-16, 2017
      • Jenny Simmonds
      • Fairview Youth Grief Services
      • 952-892-2797
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Detroit
      • Detroit, MI
      • Hosted by: Camp Tamarack
      • Aug. 18-20, 2017
      • Peggy Nielsen
      • SandCastles Grief Support Program
      • 313-874-6881
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Boston
      • Boston, MA
      • Hosted by: Camp Bauercrest
      • Jun. 9-11, 2017
        Aug. 18-20, 2017
      • 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
      • Oct. 20-22, 2017
      • 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. 23-25, 2017
      • 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. 24-26, 2017
      • Daniel Partridge
      • Suncoast Kid's Place
      • 813-990-0216
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin South Florida
      • Miami, FL
      • Hosted by: Hugh Taylor Birch Park (Dec), Camp Owaissa Bauer (Mar), Gold Coast Camp (Oct)
      • Dec. 9-11, 2016
        Mar. 24-26, 2016
        Oct. 20-22, 2016
      • Rochelle Clark
      • Catholic Hospice
      • 786-542-2672
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Connecticut
      • Meriden, CT
      • Hosted by: Camp Awosting
      • Jun. 2-4, 2017
      • 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. 18-20, 2017
      • Barb Kamlet
      • Shimmering Wings
      • 702-443-3178
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz, CA
      • Hosted by: Mount Hermon Redwood Camp
      • Oct. 6-8, 2017
      • Cindi Gray
      • Hospice of Santa Cruz County
      • 831-430-3000
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin of the Central Valley
      • Modesto, CA
      • Hosted by: Foothill Horizons
      • Jun. 8-11, 2017
      • Nancy Houghton
      • Community Hospice
      • 209-578-6300
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin San Francisco
      • San Francisco, CA
      • Hosted by: Camp Arroyo
      • Jul. 28-30, 2017
      • Amy Armes
      • Kara
      • 650-321-5272
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Oakland
      • Oakland, CA
      • Hosted by: CYO Camp
      • Aug. 11-13, 2017
      • Deborah Schwing
      • Hospice by the Bay
      • 415-230-6310
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin San Diego
      • San Diego, CA
      • Hosted by: Forest Home
      • July 28-30, 2017
      • 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. 23-25, 2017
        Aug. 18-20, 2017
      • 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. 20-22, 2017
      • Brigid Maloney
      • Tu Nidito - "Your Little Nest"
      • 520-322-9155
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Anchorage
      • Anchorage, AK
      • Hosted by: Birchwood Camp
      • Sept. 22-24, 2017
      • Julia Terry
      • Hospice of Anchorage
      • 907-561-5322
      • Email Address
      • Website

    Events - Join Us in Support of Grieving Children

    The Moyer Foundation is proud to join organizations across the country in recognition of the importance of supporting grieving children and families in the U.S. and Canada.

    • Bereavement Camp Standards of Practice  

      Created by peers in the field and through the generous support of the New York Life Foundation, the Bereavement Camp Standards of Practice offers helpful considerations for a beneficial, safe experience in a variety of bereavement camp settings.

    • Children's Grief Awareness Day

      Join us November 17th for Children's Grief Awareness Day (CGAD) and raise awareness of the unique needs of grieving children and the benefits they obtain through the support of others.  For more information visit the CGAD website.

    Camp Erin Parent Blog

    An online, interactive community dedicated to parents and caregivers who, along with their child, have experienced the death of someone close to them.

    Join this conversation and be part of a supportive network, share your story, and gain thoughtful information for growth and healing.