This summer, Fairview marks 10 years of hosting Camp Erin for children who've lost a loved one or family member.
Sponsored by Fairview Youth Grief Services and The Moyer Foundation, it's a free opportunity for children ages 6 to 17 to have some fun while getting grief support from counselors and peers. More than 680 children and teens have attended over the past decade.
"One of the goals of Camp Erin is to connect children and teens with each other to reduce feelings of isolation and offer hope, healing, and connection with peers who know what it means to have a significant loved one die," said Katie Eisold, Fairview Youth Grief Services program manager. “We’re grateful to achieve this 10-year milestone, and happy that we’ve been able to touch the lives of so many struggling kids throughout Minnesota.”
Led by professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin gives kids the chance to learn coping skills and connect with kids like themselves. It provides a safe place to share their feelings while enjoying campfires, games, and crafts in a traditional camp setting.
“Camp Erin helped me realize that it’s okay to be sad, angry, and scared," said Chloe, 8, former Camp Erin participant. "But it is also okay to be happy and have fun.”
About 80 campers came to the session in June. Another session of Camp Erin will be held this fall from Sept. 21-23.
As a free community service provided by Fairview, Youth Grief Services is made possible by the generosity of donors and volunteers. For more information or to register, contact Katie Eisold at 952-892-2111.