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Children's Grief Camp Friday -Sunday at Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva, WI Children ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a mom, dad, brother, sister or other significant person in their life.
What is Camp Erin?
Founded by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Erin is a weekend-long, overnight camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The camp is filled with traditional and fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support -- facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. At Camp Erin, children are comforted knowing that there are other children who understand exactly what they are feeling and experiencing. Grieving children have an opportunity to address their feelings and memorialize their loved ones. They are provided with tools and resources for use during and after camp, including memories and friendships that last long after camp is complete.
According to The Moyer Foundation, a new partner organization will be selected to resume Camp Erin in 2015 to serve families in the Milwaukee area. Please visit their website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. There will not be a Camp Erin Milwaukee in 2014 due to MargaretAnn's Place's closure.
How does a grieving child benefit from an experience like Camp Erin?
- Grieving children learn that they are not alone.
- Being a grieving child is a lonely experience. Often he or she is the only one in class who has lost a mom or dad, a brother or sister. At a time in a child’s life when it feels very important to fit in, grief can make him or her feel different, isolated. Camp Erin allows a grieving child to be with other children who share these feelings. It is such a relief for them to know that they are not alone.
- Grieving children learn that their feelings are perfectly normal. The feelings that accompany grief can be intense and overwhelming. Sometimes people even worry that they are “going crazy” with grief. Camp Erin shows children that what they are experiencing, although painful, is perfectly normal.
- Grieving children have an opportunity to address their feelings and memorialize their loved ones. Children often do not have an avenue to express their grief or to honor and remember the person they held dear. Through a variety of activities including drama, arts and crafts, creative writing and physical activities, children have the opportunity to “get their feelings out” while memorializing their loved one.
Where is Camp Erin Located?
Camp Erin will be held at Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva, WI. Located on beautiful Lake Geneva, Covenant Harbor is a year-round camp and conference center. Lodging options range from hotel-style rooms to traditional cabins accommodating groups from 10 to 400 people on 52 gorgeous wooded acres. Covenant Harbor features a unique combination of amenities: plenty of meeting spaces, ¼ mile of lake shore, ropes courses, climbing wall, ball field, two dining rooms, swimming, boating, a new 17,000 sq. ft. activity center with gymnasium, traditional camp activities, and programs for kids and adults.