Dear Prospective Camper and Family:
Thank you for your interest in Camp Erin®. Further down this page is a link to an online camper registration form that includes registration information, as well as bereavement history, medical information and other camp related questions.
Camp Erin will be held July 13, 14, & 15, 2018, at Camp Wooten Environmental Learning Center, a Washington State Park facility located in the Blue Mountains south of Pomeroy. There are no fees charged for children attending Camp Erin. However, please note that parents/guardians will be responsible to make their own arrangements for transportation of their camper to and from the camp site.
While at camp, your child will stay in cabins with other campers of the same gender and similar age. Willow Center staff with expertise in the grief process and specially trained volunteers, many of whom have experienced the death of a loved one, will lead the grief activities and supervise recreation and the overall camp experience. Those designated as “Cabin Big Buddies” will guide each cabin group through the weekend’s activities. Two registered nurses will be available on site at all times to dispense medications and to respond to any medical problems that may arise. Our goal is to provide the absolute best camping experience for your child(ren)!
Acceptance to the camp will be based on several criteria. Because we want to ensure the best possible experience for every Camp Erin participant, each registration will be reviewed in detail and include an interview before the application process is complete. Campers’ applications will be screened to determine their appropriateness for this specialized camp prior to final acceptance to camp. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; however space is limited so apply early. Military families are encouraged to apply.
Returning campers will be put on a waiting list. They will be processed on a first come first serve basis along with considering how many years potential returnees have attended camp, what changes have occurred in their life within the last year, if a sibling is attending for the first time and other factors decided by the Clinical Team and Camp Director. You will be notified after all new campers have been processed first.
If your child is accepted to camp, s/he and you will be invited to attend a Save Your Spot! Party held two weeks before camp. You will receive an invitation announcing the details. We consider this event to be the actual start of the Camp Erin experience and vital to the comfort of campers as they connect with their Cabin Big Buddies and fellow cabin mates. Please be aware that attendance at this party is mandatory in order to secure your child’s place at camp. Please speak with the Camp Director if your camper cannot attend this party.
We view attendance at the interview and Save Your Spot! Party to be essential elements to the overall camp experience. Those who are unable to commit to camper interview or Save Your Spot Party will automatically be placed on the camper wait list. Please understand there are many children who are waiting for the opportunity to attend Camp Erin.
Thank you again for your interest. We look forward to serving your family at Camp Erin. If you have questions about the status of your application, please contact us at (509) 780-1156 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shay Wood Camp Director
Willow Center, Inc. / Camp Erin of Lewis-Clark Valley
“The kids love to come and it has made a huge difference in their lives. Here, tears turn to smiles and hearts are mended. Thank-you – all of you – what a blessing all of you are.”
– Parent Participant