Malibu's Camp Erin Helps Kids Deal With The Loss of a Loved One
Written and Posted By: Pablo Pereira, Meteorologist / Reporter / Web Producer - bio | email
By: Araksya Karapetyan, News Anchor, Reporter - bio | email
Camp Erin, created and funded by the Moyer Foundation, is the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them..
It is a weekend-long experience filled with traditional, fun, camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support -- facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers.
At Camp Erin, children are comforted knowing that there are other children who have experienced similar situations and understand exactly what they are feeling. Children have an opportunity to address their feelings and memorialize their loved ones. They are provided with the tools and resources needed during and after camp, including memories and friendships that last long after camp is complete.
Each Camp Erin is facilitated through a long-term partnership with a local bereavement agency. Together, these organizations and The Moyer Foundation raise funds to help bring the healing experience of Camp Erin to children each year.
The Moyer Foundation is committed to supporting the needs of children of military families who are grieving a loss. The Foundation, through our existing Camp Erin program, is actively reaching out to military children in San Diego, in collaboration with the United Service Organization (USO), and in Washington State. Outreach will be expanded to an increasing number of military families across the country. All Camp Erin locations welcome children of military families who have lost someone close to them.
As founders of The Moyer Foundation, Karen and Jamie Moyer are more committed than ever to the growth and long term success of the Foundation and Camp Erin. In addition to volunteering their time and talent on a daily basis to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation's mission, the Moyers have made significant financial contributions over the years including a $1 million dollar gift in 2007 to launch Camp Erin's national expansion.
There are nearly 40 camp locations nationwide including one in Canada. Through the Foundation's national fundraising efforts, Camp Erin will continue to grow nationwide, including one camp in every Major League Baseball city.
The Moyer Foundation helped fund several children's bereavement camps – including camps for the victims of 9/11, discovering the positive impact a camp of this kind could have.
In 2000, when Erin died at the age of 17, Jamie and Karen Moyer wished to honor Erin's memory and her caring spirit. Acknowledging her love of children and her desire to help others, the Moyers felt that a grief camp for children would be an appropriate tribute. The first Camp Erin was established in Everett, Washington in 2002 helping 42 grieving children.
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