Friday, July 16 - Sunday, July 18
Camp Erin 2021
COVID -19 Update
Camp Erin 2020 is Cancelled
Due to COVID - 19's impact, it is with a sad heart that we have decided to cancel Camp 2020. Since the pandemic is continuing we are struggling to recruit children and teens. Most importantly, we do not want to put anybody in harms way and we feel this is the best course to take.
We hope that you will apply next year and we look forward to supporting you in any way we can. Our office remains open and feel free to reach out to us if there is any way we can help you through your grief journey. We are here for you!
What Is Camp Erin?
Camp Erin is a free overnight camp for kids ages
6 - 17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them.
It is a weekend-long experience held at Camp Wooten State Park, near Pomeroy, WA, filled with fun camp activities, combined with grief education and emotional support. The camp is facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers from the Willow Center.
Camp Erin 2020 is Friday, July 17th – Sunday, July 19th. Campers are dropped off at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, and parents must arrive onsite at 1:00 pm on Sunday for debriefing with our volunteers. Parents are then reunited with their kids and everyone participates in the short closing ceremony at 2:30pm. All campers and families leave immediately following the ceremony.
THe Goal of Camp Erin
To provide a supportive and caring environment for children and teens affected by the loss of a loved one.
Children grieve in many ways and require physical activity as well as emotional outlets. Camp Erin provides fun, recreational activities that are designed to help campers deal with their grief and develop coping skills with others who have been through a similar experience. Activities at Camp Erin include: canoeing, archery, swimming, arts & crafts, campfires, and more!
How Much Does It Cost?
Through a grant from Eluna and generous donations from the community, Camp Erin is FREE to all campers!
History of Camp Erin
Camp Erin is named in memory of Erin Metcalf, who developed liver cancer at the age of 15.
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 www.elunanetwork.org.
WHAT MAKES CAMP ERIN POSSIBLE?
Camp Erin would not be possible without the generous support of the community and volunteers.
In 2019 alone, over 5,800 volunteer hours went into the program, countless miles on cars and many discussions.
The Willow Center is forever grateful to its volunteers and the Lewis and Clark Valley community for making this camp possible each and every year!
Camp Erin has a lasting impact on on the children and teens who experience it. Since 2009, the Willow Center has provided camp to 462 kids and teens with the help of 547 volunteers.
"Camp Erin helped me by letting me talk and not be judged and they all understand how I feel." Age 13
"Camp Erin helped me grieve more easily and is a good learning process and a great place to meet friends. Camp Erin also helped me accomplish more goals. I love it here and I can't wait to come again! Age 12
"I lost my mom from a self-medicated drug addiction, I lost my father from a scuba accident,this all happened at a young age when I was four. When my mom died I was four and I was nine when my dad died. This camp was really nice, I met friends and made friends. I will come again if the funding keeps up. I learned to cope with grief and tell people my story. Please keep up funding. I love Camp!!!" Age 13
"Camp Erin helped me by teaching me teamwork is important and there's always someone who has got my back. Age 10