Every child needs love, laughter, learning, and leisure—especially those who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC is a weekend-long, free, sleep-away camp that gives children an opportunity to gently explore the normal process of grief. All Camp activities—swimming, arts and crafts, drumming, meditation, and much more—are specially designed to help campers express themselves and develop bonds with others. Camp provides a unique opportunity to explore grief in a safe setting where a child’s self-expression is heard, valued, and honored.
Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC is provided free of charge because of generous donors like you!
Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC is founded on the belief that every person deserves the opportunity to express his or her feelings of grief in a supportive and understanding environment. Based on this belief, the guiding principles of Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC are:
Grief is a normal process in response to the loss of a loved one.
Each child has the natural capacity to heal in his or her own timeframe.
The duration and intensity of grief is unique to each individual.
Caring, listening, and acceptance assist in the healing process.
The Camp Model
At Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC, campers are paired with an adult buddy for the weekend. Buddies are specially trained volunteers who serve as role models in the grief process and help provide companionship and support to campers. The individual attention Buddies provide campers is what makes Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC so special. Professional licensed therapists and counselors lead several therapeutic group sessions designed to address the age-specific needs of grieving campers.
Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC Campers enjoy a weekend of both traditional and nontraditional camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, games, campfires, crabbing, playback theatre, drumming and music, journaling and meditation, therapeutic art, drama, and the initiative and confidence course. Campers and Buddies sleep in air-conditioned cabins and eat together community style. All the activities are specially designed to help campers express themselves and develop bonds with others.
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