NEWSBRIEF: Enrollment open for youth grief camp

Experiencing the loss of a family member or close friend is difficult for anyone to endure, especially a child. 

Enrollment is now open for Camp Erin — Twin Cities, a free weekend-long bereavement camp hosted by Fairview’s Youth Grief Services and Eluna. The camp provides grieving children ages 6-17 the opportunity to enjoy camp activities while receiving grief support from counselors and peers. 

“Camp Erin is a special place for children to make meaningful connections with peers who understand what it means to experience the death of someone significant in their lives,” said Katie Eisold, Fairview Youth Grief Services’ program manager. “Over the past 11 years at Camp Erin, we’ve touched the lives of more than 700 children and teens.”

Led by professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin offers youth the opportunity to learn coping skills and connect with others who have also experienced a loss. It provides a safe place to share stories and feelings while enjoying campfires, team building games, crafts, and an all-camp luminary ceremony in a traditional camp setting. 

“Camp made my loss easier to talk about and made me realize more that I’m not alone,” said Sydney, 2018 Camp Erin participant, age 16. “It also helped me make friends that will last for a lifetime.” 

Camp Erin – Twin Cities offered in 2019, include:

• June 28-30, 2019 at One Heartland Center located in Willow River, Minn.

• Sept. 20-22, 2019 at Camp Ihduhapi in Loretto, Minn. 

For more information or to register for Camp Erin, visit our website at fairview.org/youthgrief, or contact Youth Grief Services at 952-892-2111. 

Other financial support for Camp Erin is provided from the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, and donors to the Fairview Foundation.

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