What is Camp Erin?
Created and supported by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Erin® is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of someone close to them. This free, weekend‐long experience for children and teens ages 6‐17 combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support. Lead by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for youth facing similar life circumstances to increase levels of hope, enhance self‐esteem, and learn they are not alone.
The goal of Camp Erin
The goal of Camp Erin is to provide a supportive and caring environment for children and teens affected by the loss of someone close to them. Fun, recreational activities are designed to help campers deal with their grief and develop coping skills.
Children grieve in many ways. They require physical activity as well as emotional outlets.Camp Erin provides a safe place where children can grieve with others who have been through a similar experience.
Activities at Camp Erin
How much does it cost?
Through an initial grant from The Moyer Foundation, generous donations from the community and volunteers, Camp Erin is FREE to all campers.
When is it?
- Boise-Camp Erin 2018 is Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17th, 2018. Starts at 2:00 p.m. on Friday and finishes at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
- Twin Falls-Camp Erin 2018 is Friday, July 27 – Sunday, July 29th, 2018. Starts at 12:00 p.m. on Friday and finishes at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Where is it?
- Boise Camp Erin will be held at Trinity Pine Camp and Conference Center in Cascade ID.
- Twin Falls Camp Erin will be held at South Hills Retreat in Hansen ID.
History of Camp Erin
Camp Erin is named in memory of Erin Metcalf, a remarkable young woman who developed liver cancer when she was 15 years old. Karen and Jamie Moyer met Erin through Make-A-Wish and developed a special bond with Erin and her family. Erin had a compassionate heart, and when she was hospitalized she often expressed concern for the other children in the hospital, as well as their siblings, who sometimes received little attention.
In 2000, when Erin died at the age of 17, Jamie and Karen Moyer wished to honor Erin's memory and her caring spirit. Acknowledging her love of children and her desire to help others, the Moyers felt that a grief camp for children would be an appropriate tribute. The first Camp Erin was established by The Moyer Foundation in 2002 to honor Erin’s passion for life and desire to help other kids and teens. For more information, visit www.moyerfoundation.org.
For more information on Camp Erin
For Camper Registration Forms--Contact our Camp Director, Teresa Nussbacher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (208) 410-4385.
Watch a video of highlights from a previous Camp Erin visit www.moyerfoundation.org
Camp Erin South Idaho is operated by Kids Count Too!, Inc., a tax-exempt, nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization.