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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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