About Camp Erin®
"Where children learn to grieve and heal"
The mission of The Moyer Foundation is to empower children in distress by providing education and support – helping them to live healthy and inspired lives.
Created and funded by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Erin is the largest network of free bereavement camps in the country designed for children and teens 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 that are combined with grief education and emotional support – lead by grief professionals and trained volunteers.
Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for peer bonding between children and teens facing a similar life circumstance.
Camp Erin is offered free to all families.
History of Camp Erin
- Camp Erin is an initiative created and funded by The Moyer Foundation – a network of free bereavement camps designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Camp Erin is a traditional, fun and high-energy weekend camp combined with professional grief counseling, education and emotional support.
- Camp Erin offers approximately 40 camp locations nationwide, including one in every Major League Baseball city.
- In 2002, the first Camp Erin location was established in Everett, WA in honor of Erin Metcalf, a family friend of the Moyer’s who lost her battle with cancer at age 17. Erin’s wish was to help other children coping with a loss.
- In 2007, founders Jamie and Karen Moyer made a personal commitment of $1 million to support the launch for the Camp Erin national expansion.
- Since 2002, Camp Erin has served approximately 9,700 children and engaged over 9,000 volunteers nationwide.
- The Moyer Foundation partners with healthcare and bereavement organizations in local communities to help fund, develop and grow Camp Erin nationwide.
- Support from The Moyer Foundation and local communities, including corporate organizations, community groups and partner agencies to help ensure that Camp Erin is free to all campers.