Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Camp Erin?
Camp Erin is a free weekend (Friday to Sunday) bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 to 17 years old who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives.
2. Who attends Camp Erin?
Children and teens ages 6 to 17 years old who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives (e.g., illness, natural causes, accidents, homicide, suicide, etc.) and are presenting with difficulty expressing or managing their grief. The death can have occurred recently or years ago.
3. Where is Camp Erin?
Camp Erin is held at Florida parks throughout South Florida. Typically, Camp Erin is hosted at Camp Owaissa Bauer in Homestead.
-See the homepage to see where our next Camp Erin will be held.
4. When is Camp Erin?
Camp Erin is held typically twice per year. Camp Erin typically starts on a Friday evening and ends on Sunday morning.
*2019 Camp Dates:
March 22-24, 2019 at Camp Owaissa Bauer (Homestead)
October 18-20, 2019 at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park (Fort Lauderdale)
5. Is there a cost to Camp Erin?
All of our programs are provided to families in the community for FREE.
6. Who runs Camp Erin?
Camp Erin is ran by our Catholic Hospice bereavement professionals and caring volunteers.
7. What kind of activities do you have at Camp?
At Camp Erin, we provide non-denominational activities that are geared toward providing campers grief education, emotional support and camp fun! Activities include art, music therapy, pet therapy, team-building, mindfulness, dance movement, and Remembrance Ceremonies to allow campers the opportunity to honor and memorialize their loved ones. We also have traditional camp fun, such as singing songs around the camp fire and S'mores!
8. How can I apply to attend Camp Erin?
Our application process entails the following required steps:
1. Complete an Application
3. Attend "Save Your Spot" (Orientation)
-See our Camper page for detailed information and to download a Camper Application.
9. I've submitted an application. Now what?
You will receive a notification by e-mail to let you know that we received your application. Then, a Camp Erin team member will contact you about the next step of the application process, which is an interview with you and your camper(s).
-See more information about our camper application process here.
10. Is transportation provided?
Bus transportation is provided for our camps held at Camp Owaissa Bauer. When transportation is provided, parents and caregivers drop off their camper(s) at our Catholic Hospice office(s) on Friday afternoon and pick up from our office on Sunday morning. More information will be provided during the interview and "Save Your Spot" orientation.
11. What happens if my child takes medication?
We will have our Camp Nurses on-site the whole weekend to administer medication. When signing in your camper on Friday, please bring your camper's medication in its original container.
12. What do I pack?
See our "What to Bring to Camp" list here.
13. My child attended Camp Erin. Can he/she attend again?
Once your camper has attended a camp, they can attend camp once per year for as long as your camper still meets our criteria (see question 2) and spots are available. Preference is given to new campers who have not yet attended Camp Erin. Returning campers will be placed on a waitlist and be registered as spots for returning campers become available.
14. How can I help?
Consider volunteering with us during a camp weekend or donating. Please see our Volunteer page to learn more about our volunteer opportunities or the Donate page to learn more about sponsorship opportunities or see our Camp Wish List.
15. Can I volunteer if my child is attending Camp Erin?
We encourage family members to volunteer the following year after your camper attends.
-See our Volunteer page to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
16. Do you provide additional support prior to or after Camp?
As Catholic Hospice, we provide individual and group grief support for all members of the family. Contact our Bereavement Camp Manager at 954-944-2709 or e-mailSpecialCare@catholichospice.orgfor more information.
Also, check out our Resources page for local and national resources and articles about how you can support your grieving child or teen.
17. What is Eluna and Catholic Hospice?
Eluna (originally called The Moyer Foundation) is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to support children and families impacted by grief or addiction. Eluna founded Camp Erin in 2003 in Everett, WA and has partnered with local organizations and agencies in 37 locations throughout the United States and Canada. In 2013, Eluna partnered with Catholic Hospice, Inc. to create Camp Erin South Florida. To learn more about Eluna, visit: www.elunanetwork.org.
Catholic Hospice, Inc. is a community based not-for-profit organization that continues to serve the South Florida community with over 30 years of experience in hospice and palliative care. To learn more about Catholic Hospice and our other programs, which include L'chaim Jewish Hospice, Pet Peace of Mind, We Honor Veterans, and more, visit our website: www.catholichospice.org.
18. What other services or programs does Camp Erin provide?
Camp Erin is primarily a bereavement camp for children and teens, but as an extension of Catholic Hospice, we also provide educational presentations and in-services to organizations and agencies about how to care for and support people of all ages experiencing grief. Contact our Bereavement Camp Manager at 954-944-2709 or CampErin@catholichospice.org for more information.
Don't see your question here?
Please contact our Bereavement Camp Manager by phone at 954-944-2709
or by e-mail at CampErin@catholichospice.org.