Camp Erin© Santa Cruz is a weekend-long camp for children and teens in Santa Cruz County, the greater Monterey Bay, Silicon Valley, and other areas. Camp Erin helps children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone special to process their feelings of grief and loss in a healthy manner.
To apply for a camper spot or to volunteer, sign up while space is available:
Become a volunteer: Camp Erin Volunteer Application
Spots are free of charge and go fast, so we recommend reserving your camper’s spot while space is available.
Want to peek inside Camp Erin?
We’re honored to have been featured in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, with an inspired slideshow:
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Held at Mount Hermon Ponderosa Camp, the rustic camp among the towering Redwood trees is the ideal setting for a fun, supportive camp experience. It combines traditional, fun camp activities (like archery, swimming, and arts & crafts) with grief education and emotional support. Activities are facilitated by grief support professionals and trained volunteers.
Campers learn that they are not alone in their grief
Camp Erin serves kids through engaging activities and interactions that strengthen peer-to-peer connections. Campers learn that they are not alone; they are in the company of peers who understand. Every year, Camp Erin cultivates a relaxed, safe, and supportive setting — one that allows kids to express their emotions, share their grief, and learn positive coping skills.
Your Questions, Answered
For more information, please call Julie Lockwood at (831) 430-3000 or email CampErin@HospiceSantaCruz.org.
Looking for more resources to help your family thrive?
Check out the Moyer Foundation Resource Center!
A Tool for Helping Children and Families Thrive
Focused on continuing and expanding their support of children and families affected by grief and addiction, The Moyer Foundation has launched a comprehensive online library of carefully curated resources that provide the tools to navigate some of life’s most challenging experiences. With the expertise of hundreds of supportive partners, we are able to provide a personalized set of articles, videos, activities and referrals that explore grief, addiction, bullying, suicide, mindfulness, mental health, and much more. The Moyer Foundation Resource Center, accessed by website, email and phone, reflects the individual needs of each family and child that needs support.
We’re proud to partner with the Moyer Foundation to offer Camp Erin to our community.