Where Children and Teens Learn to Grieve and Heal

Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.

Children and teens ages 6-17 attend a transformational weekend camp that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for youth to increase levels of hope, enhance self-esteem, and especially to learn that they are not alone.

Camp Erin is offered in every Major League Baseball city as well as additional locations across the U.S. and Canada. Eluna partners with hospices and bereavement organizations to bring hope and healing to thousands of grieving children and teens each year.

Camp Erin allows youth to:

  • Tell their story in a safe environment
  • Process grief in healthy ways
  • Meet friends facing similar circumstances
  • Learn they are not alone
  • Build a tool-box of coping skills
  • Honor and memorialize loved ones
  • Have fun!

One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp (Trailer)

HBO's Emmy Award winning documentary featuring Camp Erin, One Last Hug illuminates the impact of grief on children. Its inspiring and emotional journey is intimate, cathartic, and a testament to the healing power of friendship and support.  

The full-length documentary is available through HBO and for purchase on Amazon.

Childhood Grief

Every person grieves differently, as does every child. 

Childhood grief is more common than most realize, and knowing how to talk to and guide a child who has experienced the death of someone close to them can be challenging. It is normal for adults to want to protect children from difficult experiences and information. Unaddressed grief, though, can cause youth to feel isolated and alone, both in their family and from other children. Children who are grieving are at greater risk than their peers for depression, suicide, poverty and substance abuse.

Grief is a natural and normal response to death and a lifelong process. It is made up of many different emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Through understanding, support, and opportunities to freely express thoughts and feelings, children and teens can develop healthy coping skills that enhance their lives. A child’s hope can be restored and they once again can imagine a life full of possibilities.

Eluna strives to increase awareness and provide resources and support for grieving children.

  • 1.5 Million Grieving Children

    1 in 20 children will experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 15.

  • Increased Risk

    Grieving children are at much greater risk than their peers for depression, suicide, poverty and substance abuse.

  • Grief in the Family

    Of the 73,000 children that die in the U.S. each year, 83% have surviving siblings.

Find Your Camp

For camp dates, location, and contact information, click the dot on the map nearest you or your state name below. To register or for questions, please contact the camp partner listed.  Camp Erin is offered free of charge to all families. We look forward to seeing you at Camp Erin!

If you are a hospice, hospital or bereavement center and are interested in bringing Camp Erin to your community, please contact us to learn more about a partnership with Eluna.

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    • Camp Mariposa Dayton
      • Dayton, OH
      • Hosted by: Camp Kern
      • Jan. 25-27, 2019
        Mar. 15-17, 2019
        May 10-12, 2019
        Jul. 26-28, 2019
        Sept. 6-8, 2019
        Dec. 13-15, 2019
      • Wendy Berkshire
      • East End Community Services
      • (937) 542-5678
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Chicago
      • Chicago, IL
      • Hosted by: House in the Wood
      • Mar. 22-24, 2019
        Apr. 26-18, 2019
        Jul. 12-14, 2019
        Sept. 6-8, 2019
        Nov. 8-10, 2019
      • Megan Borowski
      • Northwestern Settlement
      • 773-969-5505
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Montreal
      • Montreal, QC, Canada
      • Hosted by: Y Country Camp
      • Aug. 9-11,2019
      • Corrie Sirota
      • Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
      • 514-737-6551
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Tulsa
      • Tulsa, OK
      • Hosted by: Camp Loughridge
      • May. 31 - Jun. 2, 2019
      • Joanna Majka
      • The Tristesse Grief Center
      • 918-587-1200
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Orange County
      • Orange, CA
      • Hosted by: Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center
      • May 3-5, 2019
      • Megan Long
      • OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Orange County
      • 951-290-7320
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa West Virginia
      • Princeton, WV
      • Hosted by: Glenwood Park
      • Apr. 5-7, 2019
        Jun. 7-9, 2019
        Aug. 2-4, 2019
        Oct. 4-6, 2019
      • Kagne Ball
      • Community Connections, Inc.
      • 304-913-4956
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Nashua
      • Nashua, NH
      • Hosted by: Barbara C. Harris Camp
      • Jan. 11-13, 2019
        Mar. 29-31, 2019
        May 17-19 2019
        Jul 19-21, 2019
        Sept. 27-29, 2019
      • Eric McCambly
      • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua
      • 603-883-0523 ext. 233
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Montgomery County, MD
      • Gaithersburg, MD
      • Hosted by: Bar-T Mountainside
      • May 3-5, 2019
      • Tammy Schmidt
      • CaringMatters
      • 301-869-4673
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin South Idaho
      • Twin Falls, ID
      • Hosted by: Trinity Pines Camp & Conference Center (Jun), South Hills Retreat Center (Jul)
      • Jun. 15-17, 2018
        Jul. 27-29, 2018
      • Mike Seward
      • Kids Count Too!, Inc.
      • 208-352-2994
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Kentucky
      • Irvine, KY
      • Hosted by: Camp Burnamwood
      • Mar. 8-10, 2019
        May 3-5, 2019
        Sept. 6-8, 2019
        Nov. 1-3, 2019
      • Beth Murray
      • WestCare Kentucky
      • 856-221-8150 ext. 51202
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa St. Petersburg
      • St. Petersburg, FL
      • Hosted by: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
      • Mar. 8-10, 2019
        Jun. 7-9, 2019
        Sept. 20-22, 2019
        Dec. 13-15, 2019
      • Tamara Campbell
      • WestCare GulfCoast
      • (865) 221-8150 x51202
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa South Bend
      • South Bend, IN
      • Hosted by: Camp Ray Bird
      • Mar. 22-25, 2019
        May 3-5, 2019
        Additional 2019 Dates TBD
      • Elizabeth O'Connor
      • Oaklawn
      • 574-533-1234, ext. 375
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Sarasota/Manatee
      • Sarasota, FL
      • Hosted by: DaySpring Conference Center and Dream Oaks Camp

      • Youth (Ages 9-12)
        Jan. 11-13, 2019
        Mar. 8-10, 2019
        May 3-5, 2019
        Jun. 21-23, 2019
        Sept. 6-8, 2019
        Nov. 8-10, 2019
        Teen (Ages 13-17)
        Jan. 25-27, 2019
        Apr. 12-14, 2019
        Jul. 26-28, 2019
        Oct. 11-13, 2019
      • Jeanette Altman
      • Jewish Family & Children's Services of Sarasota-Manatee
      • 941-366-2224 ext 240
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa San Diego
      • San Diego, CA
      • Hosted by: Pine Valley Bible Conference Center

      • April TBD
        May 17-19, 2019
        Jul. 26-28, 2019
        Sept. 13-15, 2019
      • Lynne Tran
      • San Diego Youth Services
      • 619-258-6877 x3215
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Philadelphia
      • Philadelphia, PA
      • Hosted by: Camp Men-O-Lan
      • Apr. 5-7, 2019
        Jun. 14-16, 2019
        Aug. 23-25, 2019
        Nov. 8-10, 2019
      • Candis Ubiles
      • Penn Foundation
      • 267-404-5007
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa New Orleans
      • New Orleans, LA
      • Hosted by: Camp Living Waters and Camp Istrouma
      • Jan. 25-27, 2019
        Mar. 8-10, 2019
        May 3-5, 2019
        Jul. 26-28, 2019
        Sept. 13-15, 2019
        Nov. 8-10, 2019
      • Shana Rubenstein
      • Youth Empowerment Project
      • 504-214-2689
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Everett/Seattle
      • Everett, WA
      • Hosted by: Cedar Springs Camp
      • Mar. 23-24, 2019
        May 3-5, 2019
        Jul. 26-28, 2019
        Nov. 8-10, 2019
      • Kimbrough Charbonneau
      • Compass Health
      • (425) 349-8352
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Eastern Ontario
      • Cornwall, ON, Canada
      • Hosted by: Rideau Hill Camp
      • Jun. 14-16, 2019
      • Michele Smith
      • Carefor Health & Community Services
      • 613-932-3451
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Toronto
      • Toronto, ON, Canada
      • Hosted by: Manitou Camp
      • May 31 - Jun. 2, 2019
      • Rebecca Diamond
      • Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre
      • 416-360-1111
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC
      • Washington, DC
      • Hosted by: Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center
      • Jun.28 - 30, 2019
      • Stephanie Handel
      • WENDT Center and Camp Forget-Me-Not
      • 202-624-0010 x150
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Tacoma
      • Tacoma, WA
      • Hosted by: YMCA Camp Seymour
      • Jun. 14-16, 2019
      • Darren Wenz
      • BRIDGES: Center for Grieving Children
      • 253-403-1966
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Seattle
      • Seattle, WA
      • Hosted by: Lake Retreat Camp
      • Jun. 14-16, 2019
      • Amy Thompson
      • Providence Hospice of Seattle
      • 206-749-7723
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Everett
      • Everett, WA
      • Hosted by: Camp Killoqua
      • Aug. 23-25, 2019
      • Janette Dumonceaux
      • Providence Hospice & Home Care Snohomish County
      • 425-261-4844
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Dallas/Fort Worth
      • Dallas, TX
      • Hosted by: Camp AKIVA
      • Jul. 19-21, 2019
      • Andrea Wrape
      • ChristianWorks for Children
      • 972-960-9981
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Pittsburgh
      • Pittsburgh, PA
      • Hosted by: Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer
      • Jun. 7-9, 2019
      • Alison Marcin
      • Good Samaritan Hospice
      • 724-869-6102
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Philadelphia
      • Philadelphia, PA
      • Hosted by: Camp Kweebec
      • Jun. 7-9, 2019
      • Eric Trumbower
      • Penn Wissahickon Hospice
      • 610-617-2486
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Portland
      • Portland, OR
      • Hosted by: Camp Kuratli
      • Aug. 9-11, 2019
      • Christi Crowley
      • Providence Hospice of Oregon
      • 503-215-5879
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Cleveland
      • Cleveland, OH
      • Hosted by: Beulah Beach Camp
      • Jul. 19-21, 2019
      • Amy Mitchell
      • Cornerstone of Hope
      • 216-524-4673 x229
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Las Vegas
      • Las Vegas, NV
      • Hosted by: Potosi Pines Camp
      • May 31 - Jun. 2, 2019
      • Jennifer Mauceri
      • Nathan Adelson Hospice
      • 702-733-0320 x3185
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin New York City
      • New York City, NY
      • Hosted by: Camp Wayne
      • Aug. 23-25, 2019
      • Ann Fuchs
      • The COPE Foundation
      • 914-552-6919
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Albany
      • Albany, NY
      • Hosted by: Fowler Camp and Retreat Center
      • Sept. 21-23, 2018
      • Ciara Diemer
      • The Community Hospice
      • (518) 724-0200
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Lincoln
      • Lincoln, NE
      • Hosted by: Camp Carol Joy Holling
      • Sept. 21-23, 2018
      • Caitlin Mason
      • Mourning Hope Grief Center
      • 402-488-8989
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Kansas City
      • Kansas City, MO
      • Hosted by: Heartland Center
      • Jun. 7-9, 2019
      • Catelyn Holmes
      • Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care/Solace House
      • 913-341-0318
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Twin Cities
      • Twin Cities, MN
      • Hosted by: One Heartland Center (June), Camp Ihduhapi (Sept.)
      • Jun. 28-30, 2019
        Sept. 20-22, 2019
      • Katie Eisold
      • Fairview Youth Grief Services
      • 952-892-2796
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Boston
      • Boston, MA
      • Hosted by: Camp Avoda
      • Aug. 16-18, 2019
      • Jennifer Wiles
      • CareGroup Parmenter Home Care and Hospice, Inc
      • 508-309-5107
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Baltimore
      • Baltimore, MD
      • Hosted by: NorthBay Adventure Camp
      • Aug. 10-12, 2018
      • Kelli Tucker
      • Roberta's House
      • 410-235-6633
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin South Louisiana
      • New Orleans, LA
      • Hosted by: Camp Istrouma
      • Oct. 26-28, 2018
      • Whitney Craig
      • Cancer Services
      • 225-927-2273
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Indianapolis
      • Indianapolis, IN
      • Hosted by: Spring Hill Camps
      • Sept. 13-15, 2019
      • Kelly Petersohn
      • Community Health Network
      • 317-621-4227
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Lewis-Clark Valley
      • Lewiston, ID
      • Hosted by: Camp Wooten
      • Jul. 19-21, 2019
      • Shay Wood
      • Willow Center Inc.
      • 509-780-1156
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Hawaii
      • Kona, HI
      • Hosted by: Mauna Lea Manor
      • Jun. 29 - Jul. 1, 2018
      • Laura Varney
      • Hospice of Kona
      • 808-324-7700
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Atlanta
      • Atlanta, GA
      • Hosted by: Fortson 4-H Center
      • May 4-6, 2018
      • Rene Searles McClatchey
      • Camp Magik
      • 404-790-0140
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Tampa Bay
      • Tampa Bay, FL
      • Hosted by: Lakewood Retreat
      • Jan. 25-27, 2019
      • Daniel Partridge
      • Suncoast Kids Place
      • 813-990-0216
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin South Florida
      • Miami, FL
      • Hosted by: Camp Owaissa Bauer (Mar), Gold Coast Camp (Oct)
      • Mar. 22-24, 2019
        Oct. 2019 TBD
      • Gian Carla Santayana
      • Catholic Hospice
      • 954-944-2709
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Connecticut
      • Meriden, CT
      • Hosted by: Camp Awosting
      • May 31 - Jun. 2, 2019
      • Mary Andersen
      • The Cove Center for Grieving Children
      • 203-634-0500
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Denver
      • Denver, CO
      • Hosted by: Camp Granite Lake
      • Aug. 16-18, 2019
      • Barb Kamlet
      • Shimmering Wings
      • 720-443-3178
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz, CA
      • Hosted by: Mount Hermon's Redwood Camp
      • Oct. 4-6, 2019
      • Julie Lockwood
      • Hospice of Santa Cruz County
      • 831-430-3000
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin of the Central Valley
      • Modesto, CA
      • Hosted by: Foothill Horizons
      • Jun. 7-9, 2019
      • Nancy Houghton
      • Community Hospice
      • 209-321-1319
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin San Francisco
      • San Francisco, CA
      • Hosted by: Camp Arroyo
      • Aug. 2-4, 2019
      • Amy Armes
      • Kara
      • 650-321-5272
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin San Diego
      • San Diego, CA
      • Hosted by: Forest Home
      • Jul. 27-29, 2018
      • Melissa Lunardini
      • The Elizabeth Hospice Center for Compassionate Care
      • 760-796-3705
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Los Angeles
      • Los Angeles, CA
      • Hosted by: Camp Bob Waldorf
      • Jun. 7-9, 2019
        Sept. 6-8, 2019
      • Robin Takashima
      • OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center
      • 310-473-1511 x222
      • Email Address
      • Website

    Events - Join Us in Support of Grieving Children

    Eluna is proud to join organizations across the country in recognition of the importance of supporting grieving children and families in the U.S. and Canada.

    • Bereavement Camp Standards of Practice  

      Created by peers in the field and through the generous support of the New York Life Foundation, the Bereavement Camp Standards of Practice offers helpful considerations for a beneficial, safe experience in a variety of bereavement camp settings.

    • National Bereavement Camp Conference

      The National Bereavement Camp Conference (NBCC) provides an overview of bereavement camp structures and best practices nationwide through an interactive form of exchange, learning and collaboration. The next NBCC will be held in 2019.

    Camp Erin Parent Blog

    An online, interactive community dedicated to parents and caregivers who, along with their child, have experienced the death of someone close to them.

    Join this conversation and be part of a supportive network, share your story, and gain thoughtful information for growth and healing.

    This holiday season, you can support children and families impacted by grief or addiction.

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