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Camp Erin Helps Children Learn To Grieve

Camp Erin® South Florida is a FREE, weekend bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving. This camp is offered to families at NO COST.

Our next Camp Erin is on March 17-19, 2023 at Camp Owaissa Bauer in Homestead, and REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Download the camp flyer here: ENGLISH | SPANISH | CREOLE.  

TO REGISTER: Download the camper application here: ENGLISH | SPANISH. Please complete one application per child. Submit your application to CampErin@catholichospice.org. 

FOR QUESTIONS OR ASSISTANCE: Contact our team at CampErin@Catholichospice.org or (954) 944-2709. 

We look forward to supporting your campers! 

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The history of Camp Erin

Camp Erin is named in memory of Erin Metcalf of Woodinville, Washington, a remarkable young woman who developed liver cancer at the age of 15. Karen and Jamie Moyer met Erin through Make-A-Wish.

Erin had a compassionate heart and when she was hospitalized she often expressed concern for the other children there as well as their siblings, who sometimes received little attention. The Moyer Foundation helped fund several children’s bereavement camps – including camps for the victims of 9/11, discovering the positive impact a camp of this kind could have.

In 2000, when Erin died at the age of 17, Jamie and Karen 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 an appropriate tribute. The first Camp Erin was established in Everett, Washington in 2002 helping 42 grieving children.

Volunteer Opportunities

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Services Department at (305) 351-7052 or VolunteerServices@catholichospice.org.

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Eluna website

Looking for important grief resources to help a child, friend or family member in your community or nationwide? We are proud to share the Eluna Resource Center. Its straightforward design makes it easy to search for articles, videos, activities, and referrals to local programs. In addition, Eluna offers free recommendations with a 24-hour turn-around.

Eluna is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to support children and families impacted by grief or addiction. Founded in 2000 in Seattle by former MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer, Eluna was originally called The Moyer Foundation and launched a series of programs supporting thousands of children and families annually at no cost to them. Camp Erin® is the largest national network of grief programs for bereaved children and teens, Camp Mariposa® is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by a family member’s substance use disorder, and the Eluna Resource Center offers online tools, local referrals and personalized phone and email support for families experiencing grief, addiction and other related issues. For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org