Camp Erin Lincoln

2024 Camp Erin Lincoln
Where Children and Teens Learn to Grieve and Heal

September 27-29 | Carol Joy Holling Center | Ashland, Nebraska

Camp Erin® Lincoln is a free bereavement camp for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a weekend-long, overnight 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.

Camp Erin® Lincoln is part of Eluna's national Camp Erin network. For more information, please visit

Apply for Camp Erin Lincoln

  • Click the above link to download the application.

    Instructions for submission:
    1. Complete one application per camper.
    2. Signatures are required one of two ways: electronically with a timestamp or by hand on a printed copy.
    3. Submit via email or mail.
    4. Applications are due on or before July 26, 2024.

Volunteer at Camp Erin Lincoln

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 Save Your Spot 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 by clicking the link below.

For questions about volunteering at Camp Erin, please contact Kristal Flaming, Camp Erin Volunteer Director, at

Camp Erin FAQ

Q: How much does camp cost?

A: Through an annual grant from Eluna 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 significant 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. Campers who have not attended in the past will be considered before returning campers are accepted.

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 death loss. There will be ample activities for children of all ages and abilities. Camp activities may include sharing, music, arts and crafts, ropes course, luminaries, nature walks, storytelling.

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 Lincoln, please contact Sarah Berghoff-Music at or 402.488.8989.

About Eluna

Eluna's mission is to support children, teens and families impacted by grief or addiction. Founded in 2000, we offer community-building camps, interpersonal connections and a continuum of support for youth and families. Eluna's three signature programs are provided at no cost: Camp Erinthe largest grief camp network for school-aged youth and their families; Camp Mariposa, an addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth ages 9-17; and the Eluna Resource Center, which provides research-based education and personalized support. Eluna has supported over 50,000 youth campers and their families through our network of partnerships with over 50 non-profit community organizations across the US and Canada.

Eluna Resource Center

Looking for additional grief resources? Visit the Eluna Resource Center for tip sheets, activities, and personalized support in English and Spanish.