Camp Erin - King County
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.
Camp Erin volunteers must be 21 years or older. Although we attempt to place every volunteer applicant, we may not be able to place all applicants due to the large number of applications received.
Positions fill up fast - so please submit your application as soon as possible!
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.
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.
"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
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 Makenzie Muilenburg, Safe Crossings Coordinator; call 206-225-5816 or send us a message.
Because of our generous community, no children or families are charged to attend Camp Erin®-King County.
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 donors throughout our community, the endowment, 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!
In 2000, Seattle Mariner Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen approached Providence Hospice and Home Care with their desire to establish a new bereavement service for Snohomish County - CAMP ERIN - a weekend grief camp for kids, designed to counsel children and teenagers who have experienced the death of a loved one.
The proceeds from the 2001 Jamie Moyer Bowling Tournament enabled the Moyer Foundation, Karen and Jamie Moyer’s 501(c)(3) public foundation, and Providence Hospice and Home Care to establish an endowment to fund Camp Erin’s operating costs. The camp is named after Erin Metcalf, a 17-year-old hospice patient, who died in 2000 and was a close friend of the Moyer family.
Eluna partners with bereavement programs in local communities to help fund, develop and grow Camp Erin® nationwide. 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.