Carefor Health & Community Services is happy to announce to host Camp Erin, a three-day bereavement camp in Eastern Ontario.
Camp Erin Eastern Ontario is a free grief support camp for children ages 6 – 17 years old who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. This year’s camp will be taking place in the summer of 2017 at the Rideau Hill Camp in Osgoode, Ontario.
Created by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Erin® is the largest bereavement camp program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Lianne Acres-Hanna began a campaign to bring Camp Erin to Eastern Ontario after watching the HBO documentary, “One Last Hug”, which features the Camp Erin program. With the support of Eric Duncan, the Mayor of North Dundas and SD&G Warden, a partnership was established between The Moyer Foundation and Carefor Health & Community Services to offer Camp Erin in our area. Camp Erin Eastern Ontario will be held for the third year at Rideau Hill Camp.
Camp Erin is named in memory of Erin Metcalf, the Moyer’s friend and a remarkable young woman who was diagnosed with liver cancer at age 15. Erin had a compassionate heart and often expressed concern for other children and how they would cope after a death. In 2000, when Erin died at age 17, Karen and Jamie Moyer (a baseball player) honored her memory and caring spirit by establishing a free bereavement camp in her name. The first camp was held in Everett, Washington, in 2002. Many more have been established in the United States and across Canada since.
Ontario presently has 2 grief camps – one in Toronto since 2013 and one in Hamilton since 2012. Camp Erin Eastern Ontario will be the third camp for Canada. The Moyer Foundation provides the tools for the camps but no funding. The funding is secured through fundraising activities, sponsors and supporters across Eastern Ontario by Carefor Health & Community Services.
Camp Erin Eastern Ontario helps children express grief, build trust and self-esteem, and learn to cope with loss in a safe environment, facilitated by grief professionals from Carefor Eastern Counties, the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre and trained volunteers. Mixing traditional camp fun such as swimming, hiking, games, arts and crafts with self discovery, support and healing. The weekend will be a chance to also take part in supportive discussions and healing activities.
Camper applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017. In order to receive an application form or for more information on Camp Erin, contact Michele Smith, Camp Director, by phone at 613-932-3451 or 1-800-267-1741 or visit the Camp Erin website and Facebook page.