Update: Camp Erin 2013 served a record 77 youth grieving the death of someone close. Campers reported that Camp Erin helped to “tell their story, realize that they are not alone in their grief, express their feelings, boost their self-confidence, make new friends, and identify everyday symbols that remind them of their loved one that died.”
A 17-year-old grieving the loss of his grandmother wrote, “Camp Erin helped me understand it’s OK to let our loved ones go. Because of Camp Erin, I know she’ll always be in my heart.”
An annual tradition to remind each child of their ongoing connection with their loved ones, campers decorate luminaries with messages and pictures, then gather by the water at dusk to send the luminaries out on rafts to the tune Candle on the Water. Camp director Kelly Petersohn recounts, “As we stood at the shoreline, remembering the representation of hope given to a young girl named Erin in the appearance of reoccurring shooting stars, a miracle transpired. In that moment, the brightest, longest, most beautiful star shot across the sky, providing hope and peace to the grieving youth and volunteers of Camp Erin 2013.”
Camp Erin is a free weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them.
On this site, you will find information on ways to get involved as a volunteer and how to refer a camper.
The site will be updated periodically with forms and information about Camp Erin 2013. Please check frequently for updates.
About Camp Erin
Campers participate in fun, traditional camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support, led by expert bereavement professionals and trained volunteers. Camp Erin Indianapolis also provides support and education for the caregivers through our Family Program.
At Camp Erin, children are comforted knowing that there are other children who have experienced similar situations and understand how they are feeling. Children have an opportunity to address their feelings and memorialize their loved ones. They are provided with the tools and resources needed during and after camp, including memories and friendships that last long after camp is complete.
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9894 E. 121st St.
Fishers, IN 46037
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Our local Camp Erin mascot and symbol is the giraffe, the animal with the biggest heart and longest neck. He represents the heart we bring to Camp Erin and the braveness we show when we "stick our necks out" to tell our stories and be a part of this camp. We want to thank our campies, families, volunteers and supporters for the willingness to take this risk to be a part of Camp Erin.
And you did it—from our families who trusted us with their children, to our campers who reached down to strengths they didn’t know they had to meet physical and emotional challenges, to our volunteers who tirelessly offered their time and resources, to our funders and grantors who trusted our vision and joined us to make it all possible.
Together, we ARE Camp Erin Indianapolis.
We hope each of you will stay in touch. You can e-mail us or post on the Camp Erin Facebook page.