About Camp Erin

"Where children learn to grieve and heal"

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 Eluna’s national Camp Erin program. The mission of Eluna is to support children and families impacted by grief or addiction.

Camp Erin campers in turquoise pose

About Camp Erin

  • Created and supported by Eluna, Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.
  • Children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities.
  • Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving.
  • Additional services are offered to support the whole family outside of the camp weekend.
  • Through a network of partnerships with bereavement programs in local communities across the US and Canada, Camp Erin brings hope and healing to thousands of children and families annually.
  • Camp Erin is offered at no cost to families.
  • In 2002, the first Camp Erin location was established in Everett, WA, in honor of Erin Metcalf, a family friend of Karen Phelps Moyer and Jamie Moyer 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 23,300 volunteers across the United States and Canada.
  • Camp Erin will be offered at 53 sessions in 46 locations in 2018.
  • The Camp Erin program model and best practices were developed by nationally recognized experts in childhood grief and are updated annually.
  • In addition to the camp weekend, Eluna provides ongoing support and bereavement resources for families and children through Eluna'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 elunanetwork.org.
  • Eluna’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.

About Eluna

  • Eluna, 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 Eluna is to provide comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction.
  • Eluna 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 Eluna Resource Center.
  • Camp Erin® is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.
  • Camp Mariposa® is a national prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by the substance use disorder of a family member.
  • The Eluna Resource Center extends the organization's continuum of care by providing robust online resources and personalized support for families experiencing grief or addiction.
  • As of December 2017, Eluna’s three national programs have served more than 64,000 children, teens and families since 2002.