Camp Erin - King County


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 weekend, overnight camp for children and teenagers between the ages of 6 to 19 who are grieving the death of a loved one. The camp is named after Erin Metcalf, a 17-year-old patient of Providence Hospice of Snohomish County who died in 2000 and was a close friend of Jamie Moyer (former All-Star pitcher for the Seattle Mariners) and the Moyer family. The Moyers founded Camp Erin in honor of Erin's memory.

Campers participate in the weekend camp at Camp Carnation, near Carnation, 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. Kid Camp Erin (ages 6-12) will be held June 8, 9, 10, 2018. Teen Camp Erin (ages 13-18, or 19 if still in school) will be held July 13, 14, 15, 2018.

More than your typical camp

Camp Erin is a traditional, high-energy camp that emphasizes fun while also providing support and education to kids who are grieving the loss of a loved one. In addition to typical camp activities (evening campfires, nature walks, arts and crafts, games and more), Camp Erin provides opportunities for healing and companionship not found in other settings. Campers engage in activities designed specifically for their age.

Information and registration for campers

Camp Erin is free for all participants, but space is limited and registration is required. 

For more information, contact Karita Knisely at 206-992-3852 or karita.knisely@providence.org.

Charitable Support Makes It Possible

In 2004 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.

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