Where children learn to grieve and heal.
Thanks for stopping by the Camp Erin Blog! You will not only find the most up to date info happening with Camp Erins across the country, but also some great resources and applicable information for grieving families.
Camp Erin is the largest bereavement camp in the country - designed for youth ages 6-17 who are grieving the loss of someone close to them. It is a weekend-long experience filled with traditional, fun, camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support — facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers from local hospice and grief counseling agencies. Camp Erin is the largest network of bereavement camps in the United States with 36 camps in 23 states. More than 2,500 greiving children and teens will receive the healing experience of Camp Erin this year!
December 23, 2009
Skylar Givens of Edmonds, WA is currently training to accomplish what seems to most as an impossible task. Throughout his journey he will be raising funds and awareness to support the Camp Erin program. Check out the FZTE website http://www.fzte.com/ where you can follow him on Twitter or fan him on Facebook.
You can read more about Skylar's journey in a recent article in the Edmonds Beacon.
Best of luck Skylar! We are cheering for you!
December 14, 2009
November 24, 2009
- 1 bag of Holiday Ring Pretzels (Old Dutch square pretzel’s recommended)
- 1 bag of Hershey Kisses
- 1 bag of plain M&M's
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place pretzels on wax paper on cookie sheet. Place one un-wrapped Hershey Kiss on top of each pretzel. Place in oven for 3-4 minutes or until chocolate is soft. Watch close, chocolate melts quickly! Remove from the oven and press one M&M into the center of the chocolate kiss. Place in fridge until hardened and enjoy!
Get creative with all the fun striped Kisses and Hugs that are out there!
- Talk with your parent or guardian about ways that you are going to remember your special loved one during the holidays.
- Start a new family ritual. Go for a walk to look at holiday lights, light a special candle, set a place for your loved one.
- Visit a local ceramic shop and customize special holiday cups, plates, or dishes to use during the holidays.
- Write memories of your loved one on scraps of colorful wrapping paper then place them in a clear jar or bowl to put out for a colorful display with meaning.
- Create a support chain with memories of loved ones written on each link.
Above all, do your best to enjoy the holiday season and take time to appreciate all the wonderful things you have to be thankful for!
(Thanks to contributing members of the NAGC Griefinar: "Strategies for Helping Families Through the Holidays.")
TMF's Sandy Hawley led a team of web designers and IT experts in creating a modern, sophisticated and user friendly site that really showcases the many aspects of the Foundation. The site was created with the future of the Foundation in mind and will be a staple in commuinicating our mission to the world for years to come. Nice work Sandy!
Take a few minutes to peruse the new site! Satisfaction guaranteed!
November 12, 2009
October 21, 2009
October 14, 2009
The time is winding down to the Foundation's biggest event benefiting Camp Erin! Our Dream Catchers event provides guests with a unique opportunity to bid on once-in-a-lifetime Dream experiences. From the decor to the venue to the auction items up for bid, this is not your typical gala. Up for bid are Dreams that can take you from the pits of Nascar racing to the international stage at the 2010 Olympics with Bob Costas to the beauty of Jackson Hole Wyoming. Also included are experiences with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, the Aspen Food and Wine Classic with Mario Batali and an appearance on TOP CHEF!
To see a complete list of Dreams up for bid and more event info, visit http://www.dreamcatchersinfo.com/.
Don't miss your chance to be a part of this magical evening to raise funds for grieving kids and teens!
September 28, 2009
September 23, 2009
September 21, 2009
September 9, 2009
Camp Erin Community Relations Coordinator
September 4, 2009
Sad Isn’t Bad – A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss
Sad Isn't Bad is a special book to help children who have lost a loved one or will be facing the loss of a loved one. The reader joins Elf as he guides children through the process of grieving and teaches them that the emotions they are feeling are perfectly normal. Sad Isn’t Bad allows children to cope with their loss while providing a safe environment to grieve and grow.
Is a safe place where kids can come together and help each other go through the process of grief and dealing with a loss. Kidssaid.com provides kids with a secure place to express their feelings, stories and share artwork with others who are going through a similar loss.
By: Helen Fitzgerald
In this guide, Fitzgerald focuses on the unique needs of adolescents struggling with loss and gives them the tools they need to work through their pain and grief. Fitzgerald covers a broad range of situations in which teens may find themselves grieving a death, and helps teens address the difficult emotions they will experience along the way.
By: Therese A. Rando
Regardless if death is sudden or anticipated, few of us are prepared for it or for the grief it brings. There is no right or wrong way to grieve and each person will respond differently. Rando leads you gently through the painful but necessary process of grieving and helps you find the best way for yourself to handle the loss of a loved one.
September 3, 2009
As the teens began to share their stories during a Friday night circle-up activity, one teen told her story about the tragic drug related death she was dealing with. The face of a girl teen from across the circle immediately lit up. She had never met anyone her age who had also had someone die of the SAME drug related death. Once the sharing time was complete, these two girls formed an immediate common bond around their stories. Until this fateful moment of sharing, these two girls had felt alone. As the camp weekend continued, these girls were able to share more about thier feelings and experiences which helped them realize they are not alone.
Going back to school after the death of a loved one can be very difficult. It is normal to feel nervous about returning to school. Below are some ideas to help you transition back to school and stay healthy.
* Talk to your teacher. Meet with your new teacher before school starts, and tell them in your own words about the death of your loved one and how you feel. Also, let your teacher know if you would like them to share the information with your class.
* Sweet Dreams. Grieving is tiring, and it is very important that you get plenty of sleep when you go back to school. Kids age 6-12 need 10-11 hours of sleep each night, and teens age 13-18 need 8-9½ hours of sleep each night. Sleep tight!
September 1, 2009
August 19, 2009
A huge thank you to Phillies Nation for their support of Camp Erin and The Moyer Foundation! They are running a contest for Phillies fans that will finish August 20th. Here is additional information for any of you that are itnersted in winning:
"First up is your chance to win a Raul Ibanez autographed ball or a ticket stub from Jamie Moyer's 250th win signed by the legend himself. Thursday will be your absolute last day to enter with a $10 donation. You can enter as many times as you'd like and the three people with the most entries will be able to ask Jamie an interview question. Click here for your chance to win!"
July 31, 2009
July 28, 2009
Want to read more? Check out this article!
Want a glimpse into preparing for camp? Watch this local news coverage as Pamela and team prepare for camp!
July 24, 2009
Check it out: www.philliesnation.com/archives/2009/07/win-an-autographed-game-ticket-from-jamie-moyers-250th-win/
June 29, 2009
June 26, 2009
***Stay tuned for video messages from your favorite Philadelphia Phillies including Cole Hamels and Chase Utley!!!***
June 25, 2009
Starting June 6th in Los Angeles, CA and ending on June 17th in Minneapolis, MN, The Moyer Foundation completed 5 events to raise funds and awareness for Camp Erins across the country! Each one was unique and different, but all had one thing in common - a group of people coming together to learn more about Camp Erin in their community! Here is a quick recap of each event...
June 6th, Los Angeles, CA - Home of Robbie and Mike Tollin
The Tollin's graciously hosted over 100 of their closest friends and family for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The evening included a silent auction where items such a Hank Aaron autographed baseball were auctioned off! Karen and Jamie spoke from the heart about Camp Erin and all in attendance are still talking about what they heard that night.
June 8th, New York - MLB Network Studios
The Moyer Foundation partnered up with the MLB Network Studios to host a unique opportunity to get behind the scenes and tour the studios. The evening included a Q&A with MLB Network on-air talent as well as with Karen and Jamie. Much excitement was generated around the expansion of Camp Erin to NYC in 2010!
June 10th, Atlanta, GA - Luxury Suite at Atlanta Braves' Turner Field
An action packed evening at Turner Field began with a pre-game reception for Camp Erin Atlanta campers graciously hosted by Atlanta Braves wives Kim Hudson and Jaena Norton. Guests in the suite enjoyed an on-field check presentation from The Moyer Foundation to Camp Magik to fund Camp Erin Atlanta. For the remainder of the game, guests enjoyed good food, great company and had the chance to learn more about The Moyer Foundation and Camp Erin!
June 15th, Philadelphia, PA - Celebrity Waiters Dinner and Auction
The third annual Celebrity Waiters Dinner and Auction was held at the Phillies' ball park, Citizens Bank Park. Over 360 guests enjoyed the stadium's beautiful Diamond Club area and had the chance to bid on incredible silent and live auction items all in support of Camp Erin and other local charities helping children in distress. Many of the World Series Winning Phillies players performed flawlessly as the waiters for the evening. Many thanks to the celebrities who made this night unforgettable for all in attendance!
June 17th, Minneapolis, MN - Home of Shauna and Merrill Ferguson
The final stop for the Camp Erin Whirl Wind Tour was in Minneapolis, MN. Shauna and Merrill Ferguson opened up their home to close friends and family - some new, some old. The evening was a great success and all were touched by a special camper testimonial from a future Camp Erin - Minneapolis camper during the program portion of the evening.
Whew! So many great things have happened over the last few weeks and there are countless people that helped make everything happen. The thank you's are ENDLESS!! We are so grateful for every single person who plays an important role on The Moyer Foundation and Camp Erin Team!
***Pictures to come!***
May 12, 2009
Check out the video link below:
Congratulations Becky and everyone at Annie's Hope and Camp Erin - St. Louis!
May 6, 2009
"Through his foundation, Phillies left-handed pitcher Jamie Moyer created Camp Erin, a bereavement camp created for children who have lost a loved one. Jaena helped raised funds for this charity over the course of the past three years and accompanied Braves pitcher Tim Hudson's wife, Kim, to a camp that was held in Hampton, Ga., earlier this year. [Camp Erin] is something that I want to get involved with. I just want to help somebody or at least make them feel like there's light at the end of the tunnel. I have a story that shows that things can work out."
Here's the link to the complete article: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090505&content_id=4580286&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
May 5, 2009
Here’s the scoop:
We are currently seeking RFP’s for new Camp Erin locations for 2010. We are expanding to the following cities: Anaheim, Dallas/Ft Worth, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, New York and Eastern Washington. If you have any referrals of organizations that would be great additions to our Camp Erin network, please let me know and we’ll contact them regarding Camp Erin. RFP’s are due June 15th.
Camp Erin – Philadelphia will be occurring May 15th-17th, good luck and have a wonderful weekend!
Have you visited the National Camp Erin Network blog lately? Better yet…have you posted a comment or subject? Camp Erin – Portland has posted a question to other camps regarding a challenge course, great time to leave a comment and help the Camp Erin team!
The Classic Baseball games are currently being shipped or have been shipped if you requested to receive one. The company that donated them to us is very excited to be able to provide a fun activity for kids and teens. If you have any pictures of kids/teens playing the game, I would love to share them with our contact.
Jamie has interviewed with different ESPN programs in the last few weeks, which has been great exposure for Camp Erin. Last week after one interview, we received over 30 inquiries in a 5 minute period. We had calls and emails from all over the U.S. from people interested in volunteering or wanting to get applications for children they though would benefit from Camp Erin. We hope you have had some great volunteers or prospective campers contact you.
Hope all is well with everyone!
April 20, 2009
April 16, 2009
Many thanks to Jones Day for donating space, food and drink for the event. A heartfelt thanks to Mike Gurdak for his dedication and support in bringing this night together!
Pictures coming soon!
March 20, 2009
Players and fans raise over $36,000 at Spring Training “PHUN-raiser”Clearwater, FL. – March 17, 2009– The Moyer Foundation, founded by Major League All-Star pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, hosted a fundraising event at Bright House Field, home of the Phillies Spring Training, immediately following the Phillies win over Cincinnati on Tuesday, March 17. More than 12 MLB teammates attended the St. Patrick’s Day-themed evening event including Chase Utley, Geoff Jenkins, Greg Dobbs, Brad Lidge and Raul Ibanez who joined over 180 fans and Foundation supporters.
Guests enjoyed a barbeque and live entertainment while helping to raise funds through a silent and a live auction, emceed by Phillies own Scott Palmer. The event raised over $36,000 to support the Foundation’s Camp Erin™ program – bereavement camps for children and teens.
“It means a lot to me to have my teammates here and the support of the Phillies organization. Having an event at Spring Training is a great opportunity for people to come together with their families to have fun, and at the same time, learn about and support an important cause like childhood bereavement. Everyone who was at this event – from fans to fellow players – is helping to send more grieving kids and teens to Camp Erin in communities all across the country, and that is pretty cool.” said Jamie Moyer, Co-founder of The Moyer Foundation.
March 6, 2009
February 24, 2009
February 18, 2009
"These are the words I would use to describe Camp Erin...FUN, COOL, AMAZING, WOW, FRIENDS and EMOTIONAL....and a lot of others that I can't spell! Thanks for letting me be a part of camp....it was great!"
February 3, 2009
“The event was amazing, everyone had a good time,” said Jenkins who makes his off-season home in Phoenix, AZ. “It was a great opportunity to bring my friends together and have a lot of fun while supporting an important cause like The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin.”
The W Scottsdale donated the DJ, food and venue for the event. Their were great prizes for the top players who were able to keep their poker faces on including a 63" flat screen donated by Design First for the first prize winner. Congratulations Bill Hall of the Milwaukee Brewers!
The Moyer Foundation and Camp Erin team send our many thanks to Geoff, his event planning team and the W Scottsdale staff for all their hard work to make this event such a huge success. We are so grateful!
Photos: Left: Tournament winner Bill Hall - Milwaukee Brewers, tournament host Geoff Jenkins - Philadelphia Phillies and Grady Sizemore - Cleveland Indians. Right: Karen and Jamie Moyer (left) and Cathy and Jeff Fassero (right) former Mariner teammates and long time friends of the Moyer's.