It may only be January, but plans for this summer’s Camp Erin Dallas/Fort Worth have already begun! Today, we are excited to be able to not only announce the dates for camp this summer, but to also post links to the applications for both the campers and volunteers. Take a look at this video that was taken this past summer and you will catch a GLIMPSE of the amazing things that happened in the 3 days that we were together
We really hope that this blog will serve as a tool in helping grieving children find healing through a Camp Erin in their area. Maybe you are a parent or a relative of a child in grief? Maybe you have a heart for grieving children and would like to find out how to volunteer this summer? Help us spread the word about Camp Erin by sharing these links, applications, and videos with everyone that you know.
Here is some basic information about Camp Erin Dallas/Fort Worth 2012:
What is Camp Erin?
Camp Erin is a weekend-long experience for children and teens who have experience the death of someone close to them. It is a traditional, fun, high-energy camp combined with grief education, peer bonding, and emotional support.
How much does it cost?
Through an initial grant from The Moyer Foundation and generous donations from the community and volunteers, Camp Erin is FREE to all campers.
When is it?
August 3- August 5, 2012.
Activities begin Friday afternoon and end Sunday afternoon.
Where is it?
Camp Erin will take place at Texoma Youth Camp, located just minutes west of Denison, Texas on the beautiful shores of Lake Texoma. Families are responsible for their own transportation to and from camp.
Who can attend?
Camp Erin is open to children and teens, ages 6 to 17, who have experienced the death of someone close to them.
How do campers apply?
Potential campers will be required to fill out an application form containing personal and bereavement information. Because we want to ensure the best possible experience for every camper, each applicant will be reviewed in detail and will include an interview before the application process is complete. Due to the large number of applicants expected, campers will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. In the event that we have more applications than camper spots, we will add potential campers to a waiting list in the order that the applications were received. In order to receive a camper application packet, please contact Kristina Stephens at email@example.com.
What activities are offered?
There will be many summer camp activities as well as grief activities for campers of all ages and abilities. These may include: games, boating, swimming, sharing, arts and crafts, sports, music, luminaries, and more.
Who provides bereavement care?
Camp Erin is staffed by licensed professional counselors from ChristianWorks for Children as well as trained volunteers.
How can I volunteer?
Camp Erin is made possible through the support of many volunteers. Volunteers are needed to serve as “Big Buddies” and as support staff to assist with many camp activities. For information on how to volunteer for this extraordinary annual weekend, please contact Kristina Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a “Big Buddy”?
Each camper is assigned an adult volunteer, a “Big Buddy,” with whom they will spend the camp weekend. Each Big Buddy must participate in a mandatory training session to prepare for working with the children. The individual support and attention that these adults provide is part of what makes Camp Erin so special.
What if my child is not the right age for Camp Erin?
While Camp Erin only accepts applicants ages 6-17, GriefWorks will accept participants ages 5-18. Please contact them for more information about their ongoing support program.
How can I help Camp Erin?
Camp Erin is supported and funded in part by The Moyer Foundation along with donations from people who share a common interest in providing support for grieving children and teens. Your individual contribution of time, money, or supplies would benefit and bless this program.
Who do I contact for more information?
Kristina Stephens, MA, LPC
Director, Camp Erin
If you have other questions, check out the information located HERE or contact Kristina at the information given above .
If you are interested in more information for campers, please take a look at the information available HERE.
If you are interested in being a volunteer, please take a look at the information available HERE.
We are very excited to get Camp Erin Dallas/Fort Worth 2012 started and look forward to seeing who YOU send our way!