Camp Erin frequently asked questions

What is Camp Erin?

Camp Erin Portland is a free, weekend bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving.

How do I sign my child(ren) up for Camp Erin?

We begin accepting registration forms in March. Campers are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis based on age and availability. We accept registrations up until the week of camp, however, our camp fills up quickly so we often operate with a waiting list.

Click here to download the registration forms or to sign up to be notified when registration opens. 

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 1 camper. Registered nurses are available on-site at all times to dispense medications and respond to any medical concerns which may arise.

Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Camp Erin.

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, the Providence Foundations, The Eluna Network [[hyperlink to: https://elunanetwork.org]], and many individuals and businesses in the community who donate their time and resources to Camp Erin. To learn more about how you can support Camp Erin please click here

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 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 the Friday it starts by 3 p.m. with their camper(s) and should return Sunday by 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.

Can I volunteer at Camp?

We are always looking for volunteers to join us at Camp Erin! Whether it is for the whole weekend or just a few hours, there are a variety of ways to get involved. Please click here. Please note, 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 family grief group that meets in eight-week sessions in the fall and winter. Support groups and community educational services are available for individuals of all ages. Please contact Bereavement Services at 503-215-4622 to discuss the types of support that would be most helpful for you and your family.

Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact us