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Volunteers and Campers

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"I love Camp Erin because it helped remind me who I am and how brave and strong I am." - Camper, Age 10

"10 out of 10 - the best volunteers and staff. Everyone is so kind and interesting. The campers are amazing and so resilient."   - Camp Erin Boston Volunteer

What we do

Camp Erin® Boston is a FREE, weekend bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a 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. Eluna partners with bereavement programs in local communities to help fund, develop, and grow Camp Erin nationwide. For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org. Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home - Watertown, is home to the HEARTplay children's bereavement program and is the Boston area Camp Erin provider.

Click on the video to the right to get a glimpse of campers and volunteers in action and to learn more about the Camp Erin Boston experience.

Campers served

We are proud to have served over 500 campers and their families.

Number of volunteers

Over 600 – many volunteers are actively involved throughout the year in fundraising and planning efforts. Some have been with us since the first session of camp, and we welcome new volunteers each year.

Need For Services

An estimated 1 in 14 children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling before age 18. That is over 4.9 million individuals. (Judi’s House/JAG Institute & New York Life Foundation)

Our Programs




CareGroup Parmenter Home Care & Hospice, Inc. offers services to children, teens, and young adults who are coping with the illness or death of a loved one. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Expressive Arts Therapists work with individuals from age 3 through young adulthood to explore and express the feelings associated with grief and loss. These services are offered at no cost to all families and are held in the home, at the hospice residence, and at the CareGroup Parmenter office in Wayland, MA. CareGroup Parmenter Hospice has provided bereavement support services to children and teens since 1992. In 2012, they became an official partner of the Camp Erin Network.


Our Funding Partners

Camp Erin Boston and the HEARTplay℠ bereavement programs are substantially funded by The Parmenter Foundation.

 Founded in 1949, The Parmenter Foundation is a charitable nonprofit organization located in Wayland, Mass. The Foundation empowers MetroWest residents coping with serious illness, end of life or hardship to build pathways to resiliency. They do so by identifying, funding and partnering with trusted nonprofits that deliver programs aimed at helping neighbors positively impact their lives for the long term. Discover more at www.parmenterfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, and Twitter.

Eluna is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to support children and families impacted by grief or
addiction. Founded in 2000 in Seattle by former MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps
Moyer, Eluna was originally called The Moyer Foundation and launched a series of programs supporting thousands of children and families annually at no cost to them. Camp Erin® is the largest national network of grief programs for bereaved children and teens, Camp Mariposa® is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by a family member's substance use disorder, and The Eluna Resource Center offers online tools, local referrals and personalized phone and email support
for families experiencing grief, addiction and other related issues.

Looking for important grief resources to help a child, firend, or family member in your community or nationwide? We are proud to share the Eluna Resource Center. Its straightforward design makes it easy to search for articles, videos, activities, and referrals to local programs. In addition, Eluna offers free personalized recommendations with a 24-hour turn-around.