Camp Erin: Where Children Learn to Grieve and Heal

Camp Erin DFW is a free, weekend bereavement camp for youth and families who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. As the only location in Texas, Camp Erin DFW welcomes children and teens ages 3 to 18 and their families to 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.

As one of a select few pilot programs serving whole families, Camp Erin DFW held its inaugural event June 3-5th, 2022 in the hills of East Texas on the campgrounds of Camp Gilmont in Gilmer, TX. Camp Erin DFW welcomed 12 families to this first-ever weekend overnight family grief camp at no cost. Families were only required to provide their own transportation to and from camp.

All meals and accommodations were provided for all camp families and staff. Donor support for comfort kit items included the following: 

  • Project Linus created personalized blankets for all youth campers 
  • New York Life-Frisco branch: A major Camp Erin corporate sponsor, NYL made goodie bags for the ride home on Sunday as well as provided snacks and drinks for families and staff to have throughout camp 
  • Texas Rangers Commissioners Community Initiative: provided 50 tickets for the families and staff to have a post-camp reunion at a Rangers game 

Camp Erin DFW 2023

Our next camp will take place in June 2023, with planning already underway.
For information, fill out the form below or call 214-601-1233.  

Applications for Camp Erin DFW 2023 coming soon!  

A short preview of One Last Hug, an HBO documentary featuring Camp Erin.  

Additional Resources

Camp Erin DFW and all Camp Erin programs enjoy extensive support from many sponsors and partners. See below for valuable resources from these partners and other national organizations designed specifically for grieving children and families.  

Helpful Articles

Explore the links below for more helpful articles and resources for children who are grieving.   

The History of Camp Erin

Eluna is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit 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.

Volunteering with Camp Erin DFW

If you want to help children and their families from all across Texas learn to deal with the grief of losing a loved one, please complete our online form and a representative will contact you shortly.

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