Camp Erin Lincoln

Applications are open for Camp Erin Lincoln, September 22 – 24, 2017 at Carol Joy Holling!   

 

About Camp Erin Lincoln

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, perform outdoor games and challenge courses, participate in memorial activities and even share a campfire experience.

The 2017 Camp Erin Lincoln will be held on Friday, September 22 to Sunday, September 24 at Carol Joy Holling Camp in Ashland, NE.

To register, parents or guardians must complete an application for EACH child or teen who would like to attend. Applications are accepted until all available spaces are filled. Space is limited, so we encourage you to return the completed application as soon as possible. Please direct all questions and completed applications to Caitlin Mason cmason@mourninghope.org or call Mourning Hope 402-488-8989.

How to Volunteer

Camp Erin Lincoln is made possible through the support of many dedicated volunteers. Volunteers are needed to serve as camp counselors and as support staff to assist with the diverse camp activities. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Be a Cabin Buddy - Supervise a cabin and support them throughout the weekend (age 18+ required). This commitment requires training to be completed with Mourning Hope and attendance for the duration of camp.
  • Join the Camp Erin Committee - Assist with pre-camp set up, welcoming the kids and post-camp clean up.
  • Lend a Hand - Help with fun activities during camp weekend, such as field games, ice cream parties and campfire entertainment.

If you are interested in volunteering for this extraordinary experience, please fill out the volunteer application on this page.  All completed volunteer apps and any questions can be directed to Lauren Patton at Mourning Hope: 402-488-8989 or email lpatton@mourninghope.org 

 

Camp Erin participants, their families and Camp Erin volunteers are invited to a pre-camp event following by an evening with the Saltdogs!

August 26, 2017

  • Pre-camp party 3:45 pm
  • Saltdogs game 6:45 pm

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, other area organizations as well as community volunteers, Camp Erin Lincoln will be free to all campers.

Q: Who can attend Camp Erin Lincoln?
A: Any child between the ages 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, NE
September 22 - 24, 2017

Q: Who is the Camp Erin Lincoln contact?
A:The camp is staffed by bereavement coordinators from Mourning Hope Grief Center and community volunteers who are professionally trained by Mourning Hope Grief Center 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 cmason@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 World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, 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.