Camp Mariposa is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth who have been impacted by substance abuse in their families. Camp Mariposa is offered free of charge to all families.
Children ages 9-12 attend transformational weekend camps multiple times a year. Campers participate in fun traditional camp activities combined with education and support exercises led by mental health professionals and trained mentors.
Additional educational, social and mentoring activities are offered for campers, teens, and their families throughout the year. These activities build knowledge, coping skills, confidence and an opportunity to connect with one another. Led by mental health professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Mariposa provides a safe, fun and supportive environment critical to help break the cycle of addiction.
Experience what it’s like for children impacted by a family member’s substance use disorder and how Camp Mariposa helps children.
Youth who grow up with an addicted family member are at significant risk of developing their own addiction, either as a teen or adult. Currently there are 20 million Americans who are living with their own addiction and another 100 million family members impacted by the addiction of someone they love. More than nine million children in the U.S. are living in a home with a parent who uses illicit drugs. Many of these children struggle in school, develop physical and emotional issues and witness or are the target of family violence or sexual abuse.
Eluna strives to intervene early and break the intergenerational cycle of addiction.
9.2 million children in the US live in a home with at least one parent who uses illicit drugs.
Every day, more than 21,000 individuals ages 12 and over try drugs and alcohol for the first time.
Youth who began using addictive substances before age 15 are nearly 7 times more likely to develop a substance problem than those who delay first use until age 21 or older.
Mentoring is an effective way to support children who have been impacted by the addiction of a family member. Children and teens that can rely on supportive adults have increased independence, stronger social skills, a better ability to cope with difficult emotional experiences, and positive day-to-day coping skills. Camp Mariposa participants have planned social and educational activities with their mentors in between the camp weekends.
Mindfulness has been proven to benefit children and teens who have experienced early trauma in their lives. It can lessen both anxiety and depression. Mindfulness activities such as deep breathing, stretching/movement yoga and wilderness hikes are incorporated into the Camp Mariposa weekend.
Children who live with an addicted family member are at a significantly higher risk for depression and suicidal thoughts. The Signs of Suicide Program screens campers for risk and referrals are made for professional care as needed. Campers also have the opportunity to participate in guided discussions and learn to recognize signs of depression and suicide in themselves and others.
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 Mariposa is offered free of charge to all families. We look forward to seeing you at Camp Mariposa!
If you are a youth serving or mental health organization interested in bringing the Camp Mariposa program to your community, please contact us to learn more about a partnership with Eluna. If you are 18 years old and older interested in becoming at mentor, please contact the location closest to you.