"Where children learn to grieve and heal"
The mission of The Moyer Foundation is to provide comfort, hope and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction.
Created and supported 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 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 supported 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 over 40 camp locations nationwide, including one serving children 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 12,600 children and engaged over 11,900 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.
- Camp Erin’s program model and best practices was developed by The Moyer Foundation’s National Advisory Committee which include members who are nationally recognized experts in the field of children’s grief.
- In addition to the camp weekend, The Moyer Foundation provides ongoing support and bereavement resources for families and children through the National Bereavement Resource Guide, Camp Erin Parents Blog, Camper Connections online portal, the Blue Heron Reporter and social media.
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 1.5 million children are living in a single-family household because of the death of one parent. One out of every 20 children age 15 and younger will suffer the loss of one or both parents. These statistics don’t account for the number of children grieving the loss of an extended family member, friend or caregiver.
- There are many ways to get involved and support Camp Erin whether through fundraising, donations or in-kind support. For more information, please contact 206-298-1217 or visit www.moyerfoundation.org.
About The Moyer Foundation
The Moyer Foundation is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide comfort, hope and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction. Founded in 2000 by World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, The Foundation created and supports two signature programs. Camp Erin® is the nation’s largest network of free bereavement camps for grieving children and teens ages 6 – 17. Camp Mariposa® is a free, first-of-its-kind program for children ages 9-12 impacted by a family member’s addiction. For more information on The Moyer Foundation and its programs, please visit www.moyerfoundation.org.