Children's Grief Support Services 

Camp Erin Montgomery County

Camp Erin is an overnight weekend camp for children and teens, who are grieving the death of someone close to them.

Who? 

Children and teens ages 6-17, who are grieving the death of someone close to them

 

What? 

Campers participate in a wide range of activities including:

  • Sharing memories

  • Expressive arts

  • Trust and bonding activities

  • Campfire and drumming circle

  • Recreation and outdoor activities


When? 

Check back for 2023 camp dates


Where? 

Bar-T Mountainside, 2914 Roderick Rd, Urbana, MD 21704.
​Round-trip transportation is provided to and from the
CaringMatters Cottage in Gaithersburg, MD.

Why? 

Camp Erin allows youth to: 

  • Tell their story in a safe environment

  • Process grief in healthy ways

  • Meet friends facing similar circumstances

  • Learn they are not alone

  • Build a tool-box of coping skills

  • Honor and memorialize loved ones

  • Have fun!
     

How? 

Camp Erin Montgomery County, was created and is supported in part by The Eluna Network.

 

If you have questions, please contact Eva Cowen, 301-869-4673, evac@caringmatters.org.

Sí su familia necesita ayuda para completer la aplicación, comuniquese con Maria J. Alvarez a su correo electronico; mariaja@caringmatters.org para poder ayudarle.

For registration or information,

on Camp Erin Montgomery, contact Eva Cowen, 301-869-4673 or evac@caringmatters.org

Download the Camp Erin Brochure

Camp Erin Montgomery County 2022 Recap

Camp Erin Montgomery County exceeded all expectations with its return to in-person activities during the weekend of May 13-15, 2022, with 40 volunteers joining 47 campers for traditional camp fun combined with grief education and emotional support. A member of the national Eluna network of children’s grief support camps, Camp Erin Montgomery County provides friendship, comfort and hope to grieving children and empowers them with skills and tools to cope with their loss.

 

For three days and two nights, trained and caring volunteers lead groups, organized by age group, through interactive and introspective activities, such as therapeutic art activities, facilitated discussions and remembrance activities. While they explore their grief and learn essential coping skills, they are also able to make friends with peers who are also grieving. The transformative weekend helps them move forward in their grief journey with the knowledge that they are not alone.

 

“It’s amazing to see how quickly the kids bond,” said Eva Cowen, Director of Camp Erin Montgomery County. “From the youngest campers, away from home for the first time, to the reluctant teenagers, they become fast friends after realizing their shared experiences with grief and loss.”

 

“The magic starts the first night of camp when we do a memory wall with pictures to remember their loved ones,” Ms. Cowen continued. “You see kids, strangers a few hours earlier, comforting and supporting each other like family. These are the moments that touch our hearts and motivate us to continue doing this important work.”

 

Camp Erin, a core program of CaringMatters, is offered free of charge, thanks to the phenomenal teamwork of our volunteers and generous support from major funders, including Bar-T, The Dick and Jody Vilardo Foundation, Eluna and The George Preston Marshall Foundation. In addition, many individuals in our community have made monetary gifts or donated goods, services, or time to support Camp Erin Montgomery County.

 

While most of the costs associated with providing a weekend at Camp Erin for a grieving child or teen are offset through generous support and donations, the experience itself is priceless -- the gift of a lifetime that helps grieving children and teens gently explore their feelings and learn to process the changes in their life due to their loss. Program costs also cover limited year-round programming, information and referral to other grief support services for the whole family and reunion activities.

Thank you to our major Camp Erin sponsors:

Bar - T, Inc.
The Eluna Network

The George Preston Marshall Foundation

The Dick and Jody Vilardo Foundation

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Camp Erin Montgomery 2022 

Camp Erin Montgomery 2019 

Thank you to our talented volunteer photographers, Audrey Rothstein and Jim Griffin, for documenting the magic, the impact and  the healing spirit of Camp Erin!

Camp Erin Montgomery 2018

Video by Montgomery County Council Television

Camp Erin Montgomery 2018 Photo Montage

Thank you to our volunteer photographers,

Audrey Rothstein, Joe Richardson, Marvin Sirkis and Tomy Pinto,

for capturing the magic of Camp Erin 2018!