Camp offers support for youth grieving a loved one
Our House Grief Support Center is hosting Camp Erin LA from June 8-10 and Aug. 17-19 at Camp Bloomfield in Malibu.
Camp Erin LA is a weekend-long camp experience for children and teens ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or guardian in the past three years. The free camp combines traditional camp activities with grief support, education and remembrance projects. Typical fun and engaging activities such as rock climbing, swimming, arts and crafts and campfires are interspersed with projects and experiences to facilitate the expression of feelings, memorialize a loved one who died and promote healing. Trauma Informed Yoga will be offered Sunday mornings.
Our House Grief Support Center recognizes every individual’s grief is unique and that commonalities of experience strengthen the value of a grief support group in helping the healing process.
“By offering Camp Erin LA, Our House puts a support system into place offering a safe space to talk and providing the tools to cope with their grief,” said Michele Prince, executive director of Our House Grief Support Center. “Camp might be the only opportunity they have to work on their grief with other kids.”
Camp Erin is an initiative created and funded by The Moyer Foundation in Seattle, a nonprofit organization established by Major League pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen. Camp Erin is named in memory of Erin Metcalf, a friend of the Moyers who lost her battle to cancer at age 17.