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Programs

Camp Erin Lincoln

2020 Camp Erin Lincoln

We are so disappointed to share that due to COVID-19, our 2020 Camp Erin Lincoln at the Carol Joy Holling Center has been cancelled. This was an incredibly difficult decision - we know Camp Erin is a meaningful and important experience for all involved. However, our commitment is to camper, volunteer and staff safety, and an overnight camp creates far too many risk factors.

The Camp Erin Team is planning some camp alternatives to connect with campers this summer and fall. If you would like your child(ren)/teen(s) to be included, please complete the Interest Form below.

  • First, we'll be mailing care packets to let campers know we are thinking about them. Inside they'll find activities, notes and more. 
  • Second, we're hoping to host a day camp on Saturday, September 26. If it's safe to do so, and if local directed health measures allow, we'll welcome campers to Schroder Park in Lincoln. We'll have two acres of parkland, adjacent to the new Mourning Hope Grief Center, for a fun-filled day of camp activities combined with grief support.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time. If you have any questions, please contact Pam Dinneen, Camp Erin Director, at pdinneen@mourninghope.org

About Camp Erin

Camp Erin Lincoln 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.

Camp Erin Lincoln was created and is supported in part by Eluna. For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org.

Camp 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 Pam Dinneen at pdinneen@mourninghope.org or 402.488.8989.

Eluna Resource Center

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.

Eluna's resources specific to COVID-19 are available here.

About Eluna

Eluna is a public, 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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.