Join us this summer at Camp Erin LA, a free day long experience for Children, Teens, and their grown-up who are grieving the death of someone significant/close. Traditional camp experience with grief support activities and, for the first time, a Parent/Guardian program.
Our 2021 Camp Erin Los Angeles program will include two day-long family sessions in early September. If you’d like to apply, please fill out an application below.
Please note: Due to COVID, the needs of our program have shifted this year and we will not be accepting new camp volunteers at this time. If you are interested in participating in Summer 2022, please fill out the form below.
Returning Camp Erin-LA Volunteers: Please fill out the form below.
Camp leader volunteers are extraordinary people who make a big difference in the lives of grieving children. OUR HOUSE is able to serve hundreds of campers every year thanks to the dedication and generous hearts of our camp leader volunteers.
Learn more about being a Camp Erin volunteer from our
Boys Cabin Volunteers!
“I plan on staying actively involved with Camp Erin, and I encourage others who are considering volunteering to act on those impulses. I contemplated volunteering at Camp Eric 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. 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?
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 Eluna Network.
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.