Camp Erin Tampa Bay is a free, weekend bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving. The camp will be held at Lakewood Retreat in Brooksville, FL.
Eluna partners with bereavement programs in local communities to help fund, develop and grow Camp Erin® nationwide.
Camp Erin is offered at no charge to families.
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.
Camper applications will close on December 31, 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 a required volunteer training 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.
Volunteer application closed on November 30, 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.
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Comfort Bears (SPONSORED by Bast Floors and Staircases)
Provide new stuffed bears for seventy children as a comfort item.
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$350.00 per camper
Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving. Additional services are offered to support the whole family outside of the camp weekend. Through a network of partnerships with bereavement programs in local communities across the US and Canada, Camp Erin brings hope and healing to thousands of children and families annually and is offered at no cost to families.
Eluna is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to support children and families impacted by grief or addiction. Founded in 2000 in Seattle by former MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer, Eluna was originally called The Moyer Foundation and launched a series of programs supporting thousands of children and families annually at no cost to them. Camp Erin® is the largest national network of grief programs for bereaved children and teens, Camp Mariposa® is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by a family member's substance use disorder, and the Eluna Resource Center offers online tools, local referrals and personalized phone and email support for families experiencing grief, addiction and other related issues. For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org.
Looking for important grief resources to help a child, friend or family member in your community or nationwide? We are proud to share the Eluna Resource Center. Its straightforward design makes it easy to search for articles, videos, activities, and referrals to local programs. In addition, Eluna offers personalized recommendations with a 24-hour turn-around – free-of-charge.
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