Camp Erin KC Family Camp

Children Grieve Too

Camp Erin® Kansas City Family Camp is a free bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Families with children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a day or 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 connect with peers who are also grieving.

2024 Camp Erin Family Camp programming

Camp Erin Kansas City Family Camp 
Friday, June 14, 2024 and Saturday, June 15, 2024 at Lake Doniphan Retreat Center (Excelsior Springs, MO)
 
 Information about our one-day camp coming soon!
 
Applications are first come, first serve and camp interviews are required to participate. If you have participated in our camp program previously, your family will be placed on a waiting list. Please email Dr. Iman Williams Christians for more information and camp applications, ichristians@KCospice.org.

Camp Erin is led by bereavement professionals and combines grief education and emotional support with fun activities. Families experience a safe environment to explore grief, learn essential coping skills, and connect with peers who are also grieving. There is no cost to attend. 

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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VOLUNTEER

For more information on how to get involved contact: Camp Director at 816.363.2600

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.