How did Camp Erin get started?
Camp Erin is named in memory of Erin Metcalf, a remarkable young woman who was diagnosed with liver cancer at age 15. Erin had a compassionate heart and often expressed concern for other children and how they would cope after a death.
Erin's dream was to attend spring training with the Seattle Mariners baseball team, and through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, her wish was granted. She developed a special friendship with Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen. In 2000, at the age of 17, Erin died of liver cancer. The Moyers honored her memory and caring spirit by establishing a bereavement camp in her name. The first Camp Erin was held in Everett, Washington in 2002.
Thanks to a start-up grant in 2004, Providence Hospice began providing Camp Erin Portland to families in the Portland and Southwest Washington areas. This ministry complimented our long history of providing compassionate service to families grieving the loss of someone close.
Camp Erin now operates camps nationwide and is the largest bereavement camp in the country, serving over 2,500 children annually.
Supporting Camp Erin
There are many ways to get involved and support Camp Erin whether through volunteering, fundraising, donations or in-kind support. For more information, please contact (503) 215-4622.