How does a grieving child or teen benefit from an experience like Camp Erin of the Central Valley?
Being a grieving child or teen can be a lonely experience. He or she may often be the only one in class who has lost a mom or dad, a brother or sister. At a time in life when it feels very important to fit in, grief can make him or her feel different, isolated. Camp Erin of the Central Valley allows grieving children and teens to be with others who share similar feelings. It is such a relief for them to know that they are not alone. Children and teens from military families are invited and encouraged to apply.
Camp Erin of the Central Valley shows children that what they are experiencing, although painful, is perfectly normal. Camp provides an opportunity for campers to address their feelings and memorialize their loved ones. Children and teens 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.
All applicants will be interviewed by Camp Erin of the Central Valley personnel. Acceptance to camp will be determined following the interview.
Next year, camp will be held June 2-4, 2023. Camp Erin is committed to the safety of our campers and volunteers. We carefully monitor and adhere to all local, state and federal guidelines including the ACA camping best practices. In light of COVID-19, some programming may be rescheduled, canceled or provided in a virtual setting.
2023 Online Camper Application
If you would like more information on Camp Erin fill out a request form.
If you would prefer to fill out a paper application, download a PDF version. (English/Spanish)