Camp Erin is a weekend, overnight camp, for kids ages 6 -17, who have experienced the death of someone close to them. It is a weekend-long experience filled with traditional, fun, camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support – facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers from the Willow Center and the community.
The goal of Camp Erin is to provide a supportive and caring environment for children and teens affected by the loss of a loved one. Fun, recreational activities are designed to help campers deal with their grief and develop coping skills.
Children grieve in many ways. They require physical activity as well as emotional outlets.
Camp Erin provides a safe place where children can grieve with others who have been through a similar experience.
Through a grant from The Moyer Foundation, generous donations from the community and the help of 55-60 volunteers, Camp Erin is FREE to all campers!
Camp Erin 2018 is Friday, July 13th – Sunday, July 15th, 2018.
Starts at 2:00 p.m. on Friday.
On Sunday, parents arrive onsite at 1:00pm for debriefing with our volunteers, then reunite with their kids and everyone participates in the short closing ceremony is at 2:30pm. All campers and families leave immediately following.
The camp is held at Camp Wooten State Park, near Pomeroy, Washington.
Camp Erin is named in memory of Erin Metcalf, who developed liver cancer at the age of 15.
Karen and Jamie Moyer, founders of The Moyer Foundation, met Erin during Spring Training in 1998, and they developed a special friendship with Erin and her family. In June of 2000, when Erin died at the age of 17, the Moyers wished to honor Erin’s memory and her caring spirit.
Because Erin hadsuch a desire to help other children, the Moyers felt that a grief camp for children would be an appropriate tribute to her.
The Moyer Foundation was established in July 2000 by Major League All-Star pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen. The Foundation’s mission is to provide comfort and support to children and families enduring a time of profound physical, emotional or financial distress.Camp Erin is the Foundation’s largest and furthest reaching initiative. The Moyer Foundation partners with healthcare and bereavement organizations in local communities to help fund, develop and grow Camp Erin nationwide. For more information visit www.moyerfoundation.org.
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Camp Erin of the Lewis-Clark Valley is operated by the Willow Center, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization.
Activities at Camp Erin