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Camp Erin Philadelphia: A Camp for Grieving Children
March 17, 2009, Volume 55, No. 25

Camp Erin

Camp Erin Philadelphia is open to children in the Philadelphia area, ages 6-17, who have lost someone in their life due to a death. The camp will be held May 15-17, 2009 at Diamond Ridge Camps in Jamison, PA. Registration: Call 1-800-700-8807 or e-mail hospice@uphs.upenn.edu

Camp Erin is a weekend overnight camp for children who have lost someone in their life. The camp combines traditional, fun, high-energy activities with grief education and support to help campers remember a loved one, develop grief skills and enjoy a positive camp experience. There is no charge for those who attend the camp.

Staffed by licensed social workers and trained community volunteers, Camp Erin offers activities like arts and crafts, ropes course, campfires, music, swimming, and other activities. Campers participate in grief workshops throughout the weekend.

Camp Erin Philadelphia, developed in partnership with The Moyer Foundation and Diamond Ridge Camps, is named after Erin Metcalf, a remarkable young woman who died of liver cancer at the age of 17. Acknowledging her love of children and her desire to help others, Jamie and Karen Moyer of The Moyer Foundation founded this grief camp for children as a tribute to Erin. This is the third year that the University of Pennsylvania Wissahickon Hospice has participated in this camp.

For more information, visit the Camp Erin website.

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Almanac - March 17, 2009, Volume 55, No. 25