Camp Erin® is the largest North American bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.
Camp Erin® is a program where children and teens ages 6-17 attend transformational day and weekend camps that combine traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. These camps are led by the grief professionals of Heart House Hospice and trained volunteers. Camp Erin® provides a unique opportunity for youth to increase levels of hope, enhance self-esteem, and learn that they are not alone.
Camp Erin® is offered in every Major League Baseball city as well as additional locations across the U.S. and Canada. Every year, Camp Erin® partners with hospices and bereavement organizations in North America to bring hope and healing to thousands of grieving children and teens.
Camp Erin® allows youth to:
• Tell their story in a safe environment
• Process grief in healthy ways
• Meet friends facing similar circumstances
• Learn they are not alone
• Build a tool-box of coping skills
• Honor and memorialize loved ones
• Have fun!
Camp Erin’s History in Toronto:
In the past, Camp Erin® was a core program of the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre, a charitable children’s grief centre located in Toronto. The first Camp Erin® Toronto took place in 2008 and was the first Camp Erin® in Canada. In May of 2021, Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre closed, but Heart House Hospice knew that the work of helping children and teens heal from grief was far from finished.
This year, Heart House Hospice is honored to be partnering with Camp Erin® to continue offering day camps in 2021!
Camp Erin® Toronto was created and is supported in part by Eluna. For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org.
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.