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Camp Erin Pittsburgh

like us on facebook buttonCamp Erin Pittsburgh will be held June 8-10, 2018 at YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer, 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. Camp registration is free thanks to generous support from businesses, foundations and individuals.

Click here to download the FIRST TIME camper application. You can email the completed application to our Camp Director here.

Click here to download the RETURNING camper application. You can email the completed application to our Camp Director here.

Camp Erin Pittsburgh, a bereavement camp for children and teens who have lost a significant person in their life, pairs traditional summer camp activities with grief education and peer support. Click here to download a copy of our last camp season’s brochure. The new brochure will be released soon! For more information or to request a camper application, call our Camp Director at 724-624-0934.

The camp is a partnership between Good Samaritan Hospice, The Moyer Foundation and YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer. This three-day, overnight camp provides a safe, caring environment where grieving children and adolescents (ages 6-17) can create friendships with others who understand what they’re going through.

Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Childhood grief is more common than most realize, and knowing how to talk to and guide a child who has experienced the death of someone close to them can be challenging. It is normal for adults to want to protect children from difficult experiences and information. Unaddressed grief, though, can cause youth to feel isolated and alone, both in their family and from other children. Children who are grieving are at greater risk than their peers for depression, suicide, poverty and substance abuse.

Grief is a natural and normal response to death and a lifelong process. It is made up of many different emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Through understanding, support, and opportunities to freely express thoughts and feelings, children and teens can develop healthy coping skills that enhance their lives. A child’s hope can be restored and they once again can imagine a life full of possibilities.

Activities at camp may include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Camp fires
  • Swimming
  • Zip lines
  • Ropes course
  • Sports
  • Journaling
  • Archery
  • Music
  • Pet therapy
  • Luminary
  • And much more!

For more information or to request a camper application, call our Camp Director at 724-624-0934.

Camp Volunteers Needed

In just one weekend you can make a difference that lasts a lifetime - consider volunteering for our fun-filled, overnight camp. Whether you have three days to give as a Cabin Big Buddy or just a few hours to assist with activities, any help is appreciated.

Click here to download the FIRST TIME volunteer application. You can email the completed application to our Camp Director here.

Click here to download the RETURNING volunteer application. You can email the completed application to our Camp Director here.

Camp Erin Pittsburgh volunteers may:

  • Serve as a Cabin Big Buddy (three-day commitment required)
  • Assist with camp set-up and registration (Friday) or tear down (Sunday)
  • Instruct grief activities as a Grief Activity Facilitator (previous volunteer experience at camp required)
  • Serve as a Camp Nurse (RN preferred)
  • Serve as a Clinical Point Person (Master’s level clinician required)
  • Serve as a photographer/videographer
  • Serve as a logistical person to help make sure camp runs smoothly
  • Serve as a pet therapy person (proof of pet therapy certification required)

For more information on requirements and how you can volunteer for Camp Erin Pittsburgh, call our Camp Director at 724-624-0934. You can also message us here

If interested in donating to Camp Erin Pittsburgh, call the Concordia Lutheran Ministries Foundation Office at 724-352-1571, ext. 8363.

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