Camp Erin frequently asked questions
What is Camp Erin?
Camp Erin is a weekend overnight camp for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. At Camp Erin, kids have an opportunity to be around other kids who have experienced similar losses. They participate in fun, traditional camp activities (swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, games, campfires, and more) while gaining a better understanding of their own grief.
Who staffs Camp Erin Portland?
Camp Erin is facilitated by professional bereavement staff of Providence Hospice and specially-trained volunteers. Staff and volunteers lead grief activities and sharing times, supervise recreation, and provide support to campers throughout the weekend. We have a ratio of 1 adult for every 2 campers. A registered nurse is available on-site at all times to dispense medications and respond to any medical concerns which may arise.
Is there a cost to attend Camp Erin Portland?
No, Camp Erin is offered free of charge to all families. Camp Erin Portland is funded by the generous support of Providence Hospice, Providence Foundations, The Moyer Foundation, and many individuals and businesses in the community who donate their time and resources to Camp Erin.
Do all ages participate in the same activities?
No, teenagers participate in specialized camp activities designed to meet their needs and interests.
Where will my child stay at Camp Erin?
While at camp, your child will stay in a cabin with other campers of the same gender and age group. Each cabin includes at least two trained volunteers (called Big Buddies) who will support the campers throughout the weekend. Each cabin also has a private restroom and shower. Each age cohort is supported by a mental health professional that is assigned to that cohort.
How will my child get to Camp?
We ask parents/guardians to transport their campers to and from camp. A parent or guardian needs to be at camp on Friday, August 12 by 3 p.m. with their camper(s) and should return Sunday, August 14 at noon. If transportation is a barrier, let us know.
What happens after I submit the application?
Once your registration is received we will contact you by phone to talk more about your child(ren) and answer any questions you may have about camp. During that call we will schedule you and your family to attend a mandatory Camper Orientation.
Are there other important dates to remember?
Yes. The “Save Your Spot” party will be held on Wednesday, August 3rd from 6-8 p.m.. At this event campers will meet their Big Buddies and work on a project with their camper cohort. Parents and guardians will learn more about the camp experience and how to support your children. This event is not mandatory but you are strongly encouraged to attend.
Can I volunteer at Camp?
Family members, guardians, and caregivers cannot volunteer at camp during the same year their child is a camper.
What other bereavement supports are available for my family?
In addition to Camp Erin, Providence Hospice offers a support group, Me,Too, which meets in eight-week sessions in the Fall, Winter, and Summer. Support groups and community educational services are available for individuals of all ages. Please contact Bereavement Services 503-215-4622 to discuss the types of support that would be most helpful for you and your family.
If you have additional questions, please email the Camp Erin Coordinator or call 503-215-5879.