About Camp Erin

"Where children learn to grieve and heal"

The mission of The Moyer Foundation is to provide comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction.

Camp Erin Indy is a free, weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6‐17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them. It is a fun, traditional camp combined with grief education, peer bonding, and emotional support led by grief support professionals and trained volunteers. Camp Erin Indy is part of The Moyer Foundation’s national Camp Erin program.

Camp Erin campers in turquoise pose

About Camp Erin

  • Camp Erin is an initiative created and supported by The Moyer Foundation – the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. 
  • Camp Erin is a traditional, fun weekend camp combined with grief education, peer bonding, and emotional support.
  • Children and teens ages 6‐17 attend a transformational weekend camp that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families.
  • Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for youth to increase levels of hope, enhance self‐esteem, and especially to learn that they are not alone.
  • The Moyer Foundation partners with bereavement programs to bring hope and healing to thousands of grieving children and teens each year.
  • 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.
  • Since 2002, Camp Erin has served 25,226 youth and engaged approximately 23,300 volunteers across the United States and Canada.
  • Camp Erin will be offered at 52 sessions in 46 locations in 2018.
  • The Camp Erin program model and best practices were developed by nationally recognized experts in childhood grief.
  • In addition to the camp weekend, The Moyer Foundation provides ongoing support and bereavement resources for families and children through The Moyer Foundation’s Resource Center, the National Bereavement Resource Guide, social media, and other continued care resources.
  • There are many ways to get involved and support Camp Erin, whether through volunteering, fundraising or in-kind support. For more information, please contact 206-298-1217 or visit www.moyerfoundation.org.
  • The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin Los Angeles program, in partnership with OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center, was featured in an HBO documentary, One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp. One Last Hug received a 2014 Emmy in Outstanding Children’s Programming.

The Moyer Foundation

  • The Moyer Foundation, a public, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2000 by World Series Champion pitcher, Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer.
  • The mission of The Moyer Foundation is to provide comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction.
  • The Moyer Foundation creates and supports programs to give youth the tools, skills and support to overcome life’s greatest challenges including Camp Erin®, Camp Mariposa®, and The Moyer Foundation Resource Center.
  • Camp Mariposa® is a national prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by the substance use disorder of a family member.
  • The Moyer Foundation Resource Center extends The Foundation’s continuum of care by providing robust online resources and personalized support for families experiencing grief or addiction.
  • As of December 2017, The Moyer Foundation’s three national programs have served 64,000 children, teens and families since 2002.