Our second involvement with San Diego Hospice was to photograph the participants and events at Camp Erin the weekend of September 25 and 27, 2009.
From the Camp Erin website:
Camp Erin is a bereavement camp designed for children ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a parent, friend or loved one. 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. The Moyer Foundation partners with local hospice and grief counseling organizations in the communities where the camps exist. Because these organizations are seeing and treating grieving children everyday, they act as the natural camp hosts and registration points for children and Camp Erin bereavement camps.
Deinna and I have both had loved ones helped by San Diego Hospice. Through our photography, we thought this would be one way to give back and show our support for this worthwhile project. Camp Erin is the largest network of bereavement camps for children in the country. Twenty-eight camps in eighteen states.
Camp Erin is free for all children. Application is required. Check the above website link for more information and locations. The website will also explain who Erin Metcalf, of Woodinville, Washington is, and how Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, co-founders of the Moyer Foundation, became involved.
Camp Erin was held at the YMCA's Camp Marston, a few miles south of Julian CA. If you are looking for a project to support, after working closely with counselors and staff, we can highly recommend San Diego Hospice, the Moyer Foundation and Camp Erin for your consideration.