A Place Where Kids Transform

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.

Camp Mariposa allows youth to:

  • Have fewer feelings of isolation and guilt
  • Meet friends facing similar situations
  • Understand that addiction is a disease
  • Avoid the juvenile justice system
  • Build confidence and coping skills
  • Make positive choices in life
  • Develop relationships with mentors
  • Have fun!

What Is It Like to Live With a Family Member Who Has a Substance Use Disorder?

Experience what it’s like for children impacted by a family member’s substance use disorder and how Camp Mariposa helps children.

Family Addiction

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.

  • Children impacted by a family member’s addiction are at far greater risk than peers to suffer from depression and anxiety as well as health and learning challenges.
  • Children living with an addicted family member are 4 times more likely to develop a future addiction of their own.

Eluna strives to intervene early and break the intergenerational cycle of addiction.

  • 9.2 Million Children

    9.2 million children in the US live in a home with at least one parent who uses illicit drugs. 

  • First Time Use

    Every day, more than 21,000 individuals ages 12 and over try drugs and alcohol for the first time.

  • Early Choices

    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.

Comprehensive Continuum of Care

  • Mentoring

    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

    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.

  • Signs of Suicide

    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.

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 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.

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    • Camp Erin Central Texas (Austin)
      • Austin, TX
      • Hosted by: John Knox Ranch
      • Jul. 30 - Aug. 1, 2018
      • Maggie Cochran
      • Hospice Austin
      • 512-342-4784
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Dayton, OH
      • Dayton, OH
      • Hosted by: Camp Kern - Oregonia, OH
      • July 13-15, 2018
        September 7-9, 2018
        December 7-9, 2018
      • Jason McIntosh
      • East End Community Services
      • (937) 542-5678
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Chicago
      • Chicago, IL
      • Hosted by: House in the Wood- Delavan, WI
      • July 27-29, 2018
        Sept. 7-9, 2018
        Nov. 2-4, 2018
      • 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
      • Jun. 1-3, 2018
      • Alissa Drescher
      • The Tristesse Grief Center
      • 918-587-1200
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Orange County
      • Orange, CA
      • Hosted by: Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center
      • Jul. 20-22, 2018
      • Megan Long
      • OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Orange County
      • 951-290-7320
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa West Virginia
      • Princeton, WV
      • Hosted by: Host Camp: Glenwood Park
      • Feb. 2-4, 2018
        Apr. 6-8, 2018
        June 1-3, 2018
        Aug. 3-5, 2018
        Oct. 5-7, 2018
        Nov. 2-4, 2018
        Dec. 7-9, 2018
      • Kagne Ball
      • Community Connections, Inc.
      • 304-913-4956
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Nashua
      • Nashua, NH
      • Hosted by: Barbara C. Harris Camp
      • Jan. 19-21, 2018
        Mar. 23-25, 2018
        May 18-20, 2018
        July 20-22, 2018
        Sept. 22-24, 2018
        Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018
      • Bree Cosgrove
      • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua
      • 603-883-0523 ext. 237
      • 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 Eastern Kentucky
      • Irvine, KY
      • Hosted by: Camp Burnamwood
      • Aug. 3-5, 2018
        Oct. 12-14, 2018
        Dec. 7-9, 2018
      • Renee Salyers
      • WestCare Kentucky
      • 856-221-8150 ext. 51202
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa St. Petersburg
      • St. Petersburg, FL
      • Hosted by: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
      • Jan. 19-21, 2018
        Feb. 23-25, 2018
        Apr. 20-22, 2018
        June 1-3, 2018
        Aug. 24-26, 2018
        Oct. 26-28, 2018
        Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018
      • Renee Salyers
      • WestCare GulfCoast
      • 727-490-6768 ext. 30207
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa South Bend
      • South Bend, IN
      • Hosted by: Camp Ray Bird
      • Jan. 19-21, 2018
        Mar. 9-11, 2018
        May 11-13, 2018
        Aug. 24-26, 2018
        Oct. 12-14, 2018
        Dec. 7-9, 2018
      • Elizabeth O'Connor
      • Oaklawn Psychiatric Center
      • 574-533-1234, ext. 375
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Sarasota/Manatee
      • Sarasota, FL
      • Hosted by: DaySpring Conference Center (Jan., May, Jul., Nov.) and Dream Oaks Camp (Mar.) and Host Camp TBD (Sep., Jun.)

      • Jan. 12-14, 2018
        Mar. 3-4, 2018
        May 4-6, 2018
        June 22-24, 2018
        July 28-30, 2018
        Sep. 21-23, 2018
        Nov. 16-18, 2018
      • Christine Murawski
      • Jewish Family & Children's Services of Sarasota-Manatee
      • 941-929-5669
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa San Diego
      • San Diego, CA
      • Hosted by: Pine Valley Bible Conference Center

      • Feb. 9-11, 2018
        Apr. 6-8, 2018
        June 1-3, 2018
        Aug. TBD
        Oct. TBD
        Dec. TBD
      • Lucy Jasso
      • San Diego Youth Services
      • 619-258-6877 x3215
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Philadelphia
      • Philadelphia, PA
      • Hosted by: Camp Men-O-Lan
      • Feb. 9-11, 2018
        Apr. 4-6, 2018
        May 18-20, 2018
        Aug. 24-26, 2018
        Oct. 12-14, 2018
        Dec. 7-9, 2018
      • Candis Ubiles
      • Penn Foundation
      • 267-404-5007
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa New Orleans
      • New Orleans, LA
      • Hosted by: Camp Living Waters - Loranger, LA
      • Jan. 19-21, 2018
        Mar. 23-25, 2018
        May 4-6, 2018
        July 20-22, 2018
        Sept 7-9, 2018
        Nov. 2-4, 2018
      • Shana Rubenstein
      • Youth Empowerment Project
      • 504-214-2689
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Los Angeles
      • Los Angeles, CA
      • Hosted by: Camp Bloomfield
      • Jan. 19-21, 2018
        Mar. 30- Apr.1, 2018
        May 4- 6, 2018
        Sept. 14-16, 2018
        Nov. 16-18, 2018
        Dec. 7-9, 2018
      • Char'lee Stewart-Zenarosa
      • Shields for Families
      • 323-242-5000 x4147
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Mariposa Everett/Seattle
      • Everett, WA
      • Hosted by: Cedar Springs Camp
      • Jan. 12-14, 2018
        Mar. 23-25, 2018
        May 18-20, 2018
        July 13-15, 2018
        Sept. 21-23, 2018
        Nov. 2-4, 2018
      • Kimbrough Charbonneau
      • Compass Health
      • (425) 349-8352
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Eastern Ontario
      • Cornwall, ON, Canada
      • Hosted by: Rideau Hill Camp
      • Jun. 15-17, 2018
      • Michele Smith
      • Carefor Health & Community Services
      • 613-932-3451
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Toronto
      • Toronto, ON, Canada
      • Hosted by: Manitou Camp
      • Jun. 1-3, 2018
      • 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.29 - Jul.1, 2018
      • 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. 15-17, 2018
      • 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. 20-22, 2018
      • Andrea Wrape
      • ChristianWorks for Children
      • 972-960-9981
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Pittsburgh
      • Pittsburgh, PA
      • Hosted by: Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer
      • Jun. 8-10, 2018
      • 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. 10-12, 2018
      • 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
      • Jun. 1-3, 2018
      • 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 St. Louis
      • St. Louis, MO
      • Hosted by: Camp Wartburg
      • Jun. 11-15, 2018
      • Kylie McCarver
      • Annie's Hope
      • 314-965-5015
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Kansas City
      • Kansas City, MO
      • Hosted by: Heartland Center
      • Jun. 8-10, 2018
      • Lisa Farmer
      • Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care/Solace House
      • 816-363-2600
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Twin Cities
      • Twin Cities, MN
      • Hosted by: One Heartland Center (June), Camp Ihduhapi (Sept.)
      • Jun. 28-30, 2019
        Sept. 2019 TBD
      • Katie Eisold
      • Fairview Youth Grief Services
      • 952-892-2796
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Boston
      • Boston, MA
      • Hosted by: Camp Avoda
      • Aug. 17-19, 2018
      • 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
      • Aug. 17-19, 2018
        Sept. 21-23, 2018
      • Kelly Petersohn
      • Community Health Network
      • 317-621-4227
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Chicago
      • Chicago, IL
      • Hosted by: Camp Manitoqua
      • Oct. 19-21, 2018
      • Laura Cottrell
      • Adventist St. Thomas Hospice
      • 630-856-6985
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Lewis-Clark Valley
      • Lewiston, ID
      • Hosted by: Camp Wooten
      • Jul. 13-15, 2018
      • 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. 23-25, 2018
        Oct. 19-21, 2018
      • Rochelle Clarke
      • Catholic Hospice
      • 954-944-2709
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Connecticut
      • Meriden, CT
      • Hosted by: Camp Awosting
      • Jun. 1-3, 2018
      • 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. 17-19, 2018
      • Barb Kamlet
      • Shimmering Wings
      • 720-443-3178
      • Email Address
      • Website
    • Camp Erin Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz, CA
      • Hosted by: Mount Hermon - Ponderosa Lodge
      • Oct. 5-7, 2018
      • 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
    • Camp Erin Tucson/Phoenix
      • Tucson, AZ
      • Hosted by: Triangle Y Ranch Camp
      • Oct. 19-21, 2018
      • Brigid Frasquillo
      • Tu Nidito - "Your Little Nest"
      • 520-322-9155
      • Email Address
      • Website

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