Programs

Camp Erin Lincoln

Camp Erin Lincoln

September 21 – 23, 2018

Camp Erin is a three-day, overnight bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who have experienced the death of someone significant in their life, such as a parent, sibling, family member or friend. Facilitated by professional staff and trained volunteers from the Mourning Hope Grief Center, Camp Erin Lincoln is offered free of charge to all bereaved youth seeking support.

At Camp Erin, youth have the opportunity to be around other kids who have experienced similar loss. The retreat weekend will help bereaved youth share their grief experiences in creative ways through arts and crafts, time to talk and share, performing outdoor games and challenge courses, participating in memorial activities and even a campfire experience.

The 2018 Camp Erin Lincoln will be held Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 23 at Carol Joy Holling Camp in Ashland, NE.

Registration for the 2018 Camp Erin Lincoln is now closed. Campers will be notified of their acceptance by August 10.

How to Volunteer

Camp Erin Lincoln is made possible through the support of more than 50 dedicated volunteers. Volunteers are needed to serve as camp counselors and as support staff to assist with the diverse camp activities.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, and need to pass a criminal background check. Volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training session, the pre-camp event, and may be asked to participate in an orientation interview. To provide consistent support for campers, volunteers must commit to attend the entire Camp Erin weekend.

To be part of this incredible experience, please complete the Camp Erin Volunteer Application.

Pre-Camp Event

Sunday, September 9, 2018
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Camp Erin participants, their families and Camp Erin volunteers are invited to a pre-camp, "get to know each other" event at the University of Nebraska College of Business. Following time together to talk and learn about camp, the group will enjoy a private tour of Memorial Stadium.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does camp cost?

A: Through an annual grant from The Moyer Foundation and through the generous support of local corporations, foundations, individuals and other area organizations as well as community volunteers, Camp Erin Lincoln is free to all campers.

 

Q: Who can attend Camp Erin Lincoln?

A: Any child between the ages of 6 to 17 who has experienced the death of someone close to them may attend Camp Erin Lincoln. Potential campers will be required to fill out an application form containing personal, bereavement and medical information. Because we want to ensure the best possible experience for every Camp Erin participant, each application will be reviewed in detail and may include an interview before the application process is complete. Due to the large number of applicants expected, campers will be selected on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Q: What activities do campers participate in throughout the weekend?

A: Children grieve in many ways. They require physical activity as well as emotional outlets, coping skills and community-building to cope with loss. The goal of Camp Erin is to help normalize the grief process for all campers. It will provide a safe method and place where children can grieve with other children who have experienced a loss. There will be ample activities for children of all ages and abilities. Camp activities may include the following: sharing, music, arts & crafts, ropes course, luminaries, nature walks, storytelling.

 

Q: What is the camp location and dates for this year?

A: Carol Joy Holling Camp in Ashland, Nebraska. Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23, 2018.

 

Q: Who is the Camp Erin Lincoln contact?

A: The camp is staffed by bereavement coordinators from the Mourning Hope Grief Center and community volunteers who are professionally trained by Mourning Hope staff. If you have any questions about Camp Erin, you may contact Pam Dinneen at pdinneen@mourninghope.org or 402-488-8989. Questions regarding applying can be directed to hope@mourninghope.org.

About the Moyer Foundation

The Moyer Foundation is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide comfort, hope and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction. Founded in 2000 by former MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer, The Foundation created and supports two signature programs. Camp Erin® is the nation’s largest network of free bereavement camps for grieving children and teens ages 6 – 17. Camp Mariposa® is a free, first-of-its-kind program for children ages 9-12 impacted by a family member’s addiction. For more information on The Moyer Foundation and its programs, please visit www.moyerfoundation.org.

The Moyer Foundation is grateful to all of the dedicated volunteers, corporate sponsors, in-kind and individual donors who join our team—to help make a difference in the lives of children in distress.