Camp Erin LA & OC

Three weekends each summer, OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center hosts Camp Erin Los Angeles and Camp Erin Orange County. The weekend-long camp provides children ages 6-17 an opportunity to learn coping skills, enjoy traditional summer camp activities, and connect with other children who are also grieving the death of someone close.

Choose Your 2018 Camp Erin Location:

(camp sessions are provided free of charge to camp participants)

Los Angeles Sessions:

June 8-10 & August 17-19, 2018 

Camp Erin-LA is hosted at Junior Blind of America Camp Bloomfield in Malibu.

Camper Application

Volunteer Application

Our June session is currently at capacity for both volunteers and campers. If you are unable to attend our August session but would like to add your name to be added to an interest list for future sessions, CLICK HERE

If this is your first time applying as a volunteer, please make sure that you are available for the following training dates before submitting your application:

Session 2: Saturday, July 21 from 9am-4:30pm & Tuesday, August 14 from 6:30-9pm

You can view Camp Erin – LA Volunteer job descriptions by clicking here 

Orange County Session:

July 20-22, 2018 

Camp Erin-OC is hosted at Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Irvine.
Please complete an application below to be considered for the 2018 session: 

Camper Application

Volunteer Application

Submit Orange County Camp Application Manually

Email completed application to megan@ourhouse-grief.org.

Request Manual Application

Camper Application Available in Spanish

Fax Completed Applications to 310-473-1515

Aplicación en español para el campista

“I plan on staying actively involved with Camp Erin-LA, and I encourage others who are considering volunteering to act on those impulses. I contemplated volunteering at Camp Erin-LA for 3 years before I finally signed up, and I’m now I’m wishing I had done it sooner.” – Jennifer, Camp Counselor

“My heart was broken before Camp Erin-LA. After meeting my new friends and learning ways to get through my tough times, I can love things again.” 
– Sara, 9

Camp Erin FAQs

Who is Erin?
Camp Erin is named in memory of Erin Metcalf, a friend of Karen and Jamie Moyer who died of cancer at age 17. Erin’s wish was to help other children navigate through their grief.

What activities do campers participate in throughout the weekend?
Camp Erin combines traditional camp activities with grief support, education and remembrance projects and ceremonies.  Campers swim; navigate a rock wall and rope course; engage in arts and crafts; and enjoy other activities designed to encourage and promote healing.  Camp Erin allows children a chance to share their thoughts, feelings, and memories about the person who died with their peers.  They participate in memorial ceremonies as well as outdoor activities that allow them to enjoy the freedom of childhood.

Who takes care of the campers?
Camp counselors are highly trained and compassionate volunteers who are there to support campers as they participate in activities and bond with one another. OUR HOUSE Directors and staff oversee the counselors throughout the entire weekend.

How is Camp funded?
Camp is privately funded and relies on the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations, including our camp partner, The Moyer Foundation.

ONE LAST HUG, An HBO Emmy Award-Winning Documentary.

Watch the trailer “ONE LAST HUG” (…and a few smooches)

Featuring Camp Erin-LA, this award winning documentary short film depicts the amazing journey towards hope and healing that takes place over three days at Camp Erin-LA sleep-over summer camp where grieving children find comfort in one another and learn new ways to deal with their pain. Under the guidance of grief professionals, kids learn that their feelings are normal – and that by talking about them they can begin to heal. With unprecedented access, ONE LAST HUG illuminates the effects of death and grief on children. Its inspiring and emotional journey is intimate, cathartic, and a testament to the healing power of friendship and support.

ONE LAST HUG won the Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. If you are interested in viewing the documentary, you can do so through HBO’s streaming service: www.hbogo.com.

Looking for important grief resources to help a child, friend or family member in your  community or nationwide? We are proud to share The Moyer Foundation Resource Center.

Its straightforward design makes it easy to search for articles, videos, activities, and referrals to local programs.

In addition, The Moyer Foundation offers personalized recommendations with a 24‐hour turn‐around, free‐of‐charge. 
www.moyerfoundation.org/resources

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