Camp Erin - King County

2020 Camp Erin King County is cancelled

Due to COVID-19 risk we are saddened to announce that our 2020 Camp Erin King County is cancelled.

While all Camp Erins are monitoring and assessing the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications, many that are scheduled for later in the summer are still accepting applications. Visit Eluna’s website for other Camp Erin locations.

We are working on identifying alternative ways to support our camper families while maintaining safety. We are sending weekly emails with activities that foster family connection and support processing of losses. Our hope is to also offer alternative programming this summer. If you are interested in receiving weekly emails and being informed of potential alternative programming please contact us.

We are also available for no cost phone and telehealth childhood bereavement support through the Safe Crossings Program. If you are interested in support, contact Amy Thompson; call 206-749-7723 or send a message.


A weekend camp for children and teens who've lost a loved one

"How could a parent ever repay you for Camp Erin and what it has given my kids? The effects have lasted long after camp, and both of them are functioning at a much higher level than before camp." - Father of a 2006 Camp Erin®-King County camper

Camp Erin®-King County is a free, weekend, overnight camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 (or 18 if still in school) 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.

Campers participate in the weekend camp at Lake Retreat Camp, in Ravensdale, WA. The camp is facilitated by professional staff affiliated with Providence Hospice of Seattle's Safe Crossings program, as well as trained volunteers. Adult “Big Buddy” volunteers offer additional support and companionship for campers.

Camp Erin®-King County is free of charge to all participants. Camp Erin will be held June 12-14, 2020 – both the Children's Camp Erin (ages 6-12) and Teen Camp Erin (ages 13-17, or 18 if still in school).

Registration for campers

Camp Erin is free for all participants, but space is limited and registration is required. Please note that preference is given to campers who have not attended Camp Erin before. However, a waiting list of applicants who have attended camp before or whose applications were received after all spots were filled is kept and these applicants will be accepted as space allows during mid-May.

For more information, please call 206-749-7689.

Charitable support makes it possible

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.

Eluna partners with bereavement programs in local communities to help fund, develop and grow Camp Erin® nationwide. For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org.

In 2004, Eluna (formerly the Moyer Foundation) gave Providence Hospice of Seattle a grant to launch Camp Erin®-King County. The grant funded the camp's start-up costs and provided Providence Hospice of Seattle with an endowment to ensure the camp's long-term growth.

With the support of the endowment, donations from our community, and a generous grant each year from Safe Crossings Foundation, Camp Erin®-King County can be offered at no cost to grieving children in King County.

Donate to Camp Erin-King County and help make a difference!

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