Camp Erin KC

Kansas City Hospice and Solace HouseChildren Grieve Too

Camp Erin® Kansas City is a free, weekend bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 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 next scheduled Camp Erin KC is June 12-14, 2020.

Dear Campers,

As our Camp Erin date has moved closer, we’ve been watching the news and recommendations in hopes for a silver lining to be able to host our camp weekend in spite of Covid-19. The health and safety of all of our 50 campers, 30+ volunteers and staff is incredibly important to us and drives all of our camp decisions. We do not feel we will be able to safely host camp in June. Therefore, we are cancelling Camp Erin Kansas City for 2020.

This decision was not made lightly. Providing a safe place for grieving kids and teens to be able to come together, feel less alone, and have tons of fun is a highlight to our summer. We also recognize the need for camp is SO high at this time, as most of our routines and normals have been uprooted, in addition to experiencing all of these changes while grieving. Our hope is that we are able to still provide your camper with resources and tools to help them navigate their grief experience from the comfort of your home. As we process and explore our options, be on the lookout for what we will have in store! We’ll announce any alternatives we are able to develop!

In the meantime, don’t forget that Solace House is available for any counseling services or support you may be interested in for your family. We are hopeful that Camp Carousel, our family retreat, will be able to continue in September in some capacity, along with our next adult and youth group session. If you are interested in finding out more about those, please let us know. For more information, please call 913-341-0318 or email cholmes@kchospice.org

Take care,

Catie Holmes, Camp Director

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.

Camp Erin provides a safe place to:

  • Tell their story in a safe environment
  • Learn they are not alone
  • Process grief in healthy ways
  • Honor and memorialize loved ones
  • Build a toolbox of coping skills
  • Have fun!

The Los Angeles Camp Erin was featured in an Emmy award-winning documentary on HBO in 2014 called One Last Hug. It can be purchased HERE.

Applications and More Information

Camp Erin is for children and teens who are several months past their loss at the time of camp. Families will be notified about acceptance to Camp following an interview and as space permits.

Spaces are limited and early application is recommended. The camp experience is designed for children and teens who are several months past their loss at the time of camp. Families will be notified about acceptance to camp as space permits.

 

To inquire online or download an application click the Inquire Now button:

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For more information or to request an application by mail, call 816.363.2600. People outside the Kansas City can find a Camp Erin location HERE.

Thanks to funding from Eluna and generous donations from the community and volunteers, there is no charge to attend Camp Erin. 

How Can I Help Camp Erin?

Camp Erin is supported by grants and donations from people who share a common interest in providing support for grieving children and teens. Your individual contribution of money, supplies or time will be most welcome. To donate by credit card today, click the Donate Now button.

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For more information on how to get involved contact: Camp Director at 816-363-2600

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About Eluna

Camp Erin® KC 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.  For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org.

Looking for important grief resources to help a child, friend or family member in your community or nationwide? We are proud to share the Eluna Resource Center. Its straightforward design makes it easy to search for articles, videos, activities, and referrals to local programs. In addition, Eluna offers free personalized recommendations with a 24-hour turn-around.
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