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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 overnight camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them in their lifetime. This three day, two night experience is filled with traditional and fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support facilitated by grief professionals and trained, caring volunteers. The Eluna Network partners with bereavement programs in local communities to help fund, develop, and grow Camp Erin nationwide. CareGroup Parmenter HomeCare & Hospice, Inc. 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 Moyer
Foundation Resource Center offers online tools, local referrals and personalized phone and email support
for families experiencing grief, addiction and other related issues.