Camp Weekend Dates: February 1st - 3rd, 2019
Camp Erin Tampa Bay is a transformational weekend camp specifically designed for kids and teens, 6-17 years old, who have experienced the death of a significant person. Camp Erin 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 will be held at Lakewood Retreat in Brooksville, FL.
Camp Erin is FREE to all campers made possible by a grant from The Moyer Foundation.
Camp Erin is filled with traditional, fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support. Camp Erin offers a place where campers can interact and bond with peers. It is a place where they can express their feelings of grief, learn coping skills and most importantly, begin their healthy healing grief journey.
Campers will be chosen on a first come first serve basis with priority given to new campers*, following a required family interview. Space is limited. Acceptance status will be communicated after all family interviews.
*Campers that have previously attended Camp Erin will automatically be added to the waitlist. Please verbally inform us if the child has experienced a significant death since attending.
Applications will open in September 2018.
Be a part of an incredible weekend as a significant support in the campers' lives! All Camp Erin volunteers play an important role in the campers’ experience.
Volunteers must be 18 years or older and be in good physical condition. Volunteers need to be able to meet a national background check, participate in an orientation interview, and attend all required volunteer trainings and relevant meetings. Family members of campers are unable to volunteer the year their camper attends.
What does volunteering look like? Volunteers should expect to be on the move from 7:00 AM – midnight. Flexibility is key to all volunteer roles. Volunteers should be role models for the campers. They should provide comfort and support while participating with the campers through the camp activities. Most importantly we ask volunteers to create a positive, fun, and energetic atmosphere for the campers.
Applications will open in September 2018.
Camp Erin Tampa Bay is in need of many supplies to make this an amazing weekend for the campers. Please email CampErin@SuncoastKidsPlace.org if you are interested in sponsoring or donating.
Have your company name and logo on the back of the Camp Erin Tampa Bay T-shirts worn by campers, volunteers, and staff.
Provide a baseball cap for seventy children that includes your company name and logo.
Send a child to Camp Erin Tampa Bay.
$350.00 per camper
Individually wrapped snacks (no nuts)
Reusable water bottles
Craft supplies (markers, paint, crayons, etc.)
Camp Erin is an initiative created and supported by The Moyer Foundation - a network of free bereavement camps designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. It is a traditional, fun and high-energy weekend camp combined with professional grief counseling, education and emotional support. In 2002, the first Camp Erin location was established in Everett, WA in honor of Erin Metcalf, a family friend of the Moyer's who lost her battle with cancer at age 17. Erin's wish was to help other children coping with a loss. Camp Erin offers over 40 camp locations nationwide, including one serving children in every Major League Baseball city.
The Moyer Foundation is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction. Founded in 2000 by former MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer, The Moyer Foundation supports thousands of children and families each year through its free signature programs and services. Camp Erin® is the largest national bereavement program for children and teens grieving the death of someone significant in their lives and Camp Mariposa® is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by a family member's substance use disorder. The Moyer Foundation Resource Center extends The Foundation’s continuum of care by providing a curated set of online resources with personalized phone and email support for families experiencing grief, addiction and other related issues. For more information, please visit moyerfoundation.org.
Adult grief support group