This past weekend, well over 100 kids and teenagers spent a few days at YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer, participating in all the fun, traditional, high-energy activities one expects at a summer camp. This camp, however, also included grief education, peer bonding and emotional support.
Good Samaritan Hospice (GSH), a mission of Concordia Lutheran Ministries, hosted Camp Erin Pittsburgh, an overnight bereavement camp for children and adolescents who have lost a loved one. (Make sure to check out some pictures from the weekend below!)
Camp Erin was free thanks to generous support from businesses, foundations and individuals. Some of these included the Pittsburgh Pirates, McElwain Motors, Ascension Lutheran and First Presbyterian Church of Beaver. Special thanks to New York Life for their monetary contribution as well as for sending many of their staff members, both current and retired, to help out.
This fun-filled camp provides a safe, caring place for grieving children to share feelings with others who have experienced a similar loss. They offer a combination of supportive discussion, crafts and recreational activities to help campers strengthen coping skills.
Camp Erin is a collaboration between The Moyer Foundation a nonprofit organization founded by World Series Champion Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen and GSH.
This year's camp was a major success thanks to the approximately 130 volunteers, the camp staff, Moyer Foundation, GSH staff, donors and, of course, the campers. It was another year to remember!