Camp Erin Pittsburgh, the grief camp for children and teens that is hosted by Good Samaritan Hospice, The Moyer Foundation, and YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee, was a great success!
We hosted 101 campers this year (June 9-11), 66 of whom were first-time campers. The children and teens that attended ranged from age 6 – 17 years old. They could have experienced the death of any significant person in their lifetime; however, the majority of the campers who attended this year experienced the death of a parent, specifically. The theme of camp this year was “Growing Stronger Together” in which campers took part in nature-related programming to help facilitate the education of reconciliation needs of bereaved children and teens.
We also hosted 75+ volunteers this year, of which 51 were returning volunteers. Camp Erin Pittsburgh is only comprised of three official staff members, so we depend on the volunteers to make camp the huge success that it is every year. Volunteers included cabin big buddies, clinical point people, grief activity facilitators, welcome/registration, logistics, pet therapy, photographers and registered nurses.
We release the new camper and volunteer applications around the New Year. We are always looking for new volunteers and first time campers. If you or anyone you know is interested in finding more out about Camp Erin Pittsburgh, click here to visit our website or click here to visit our Facebook page. Enjoy the photos below (click thumbnails to enlarge) and feel free to leave a comment!
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