Grief Camps for Children and Teens in Cleveland, OH
Cornerstone of Hope offers two summer grief camps in the Cleveland area who have experienced loss
During the camps, children participate in age-appropriate grief activities led by professionals and participate in fun activities designed to build community. Please note that we will be following State of Ohio Responsible RestartOhio Guidelines concerning Youth Day Camps to maintain the safety of our campers during COVID-19.
There are two grief camps for children and teenagers in Cleveland to best serve the youngest members of our community who have experienced loss.
Cornerstone of Hope was filled with the chatter and excitement the week of July 12 – 16, 2021. Our 70+ campers for Camp Cornerstone were a lively group of children, who were eager to be noticed and affirmed in their grief . Many enjoyed the Superhero theme and the field trips to Play: CLE, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, & Spins Bowl, Independence. The children also participated in various small group activities, such as arts & crafts, yoga, team building games, and much more. The last day ended with a balloon release for the children and their families as a way to remember their loved ones.
We are so grateful for all who participated, volunteered, and sponsored this great week of HOPE for the grieving children in our community.
Save the date! Join us for 2022 Camp Cornerstone, July 11 – 15. $50 Registration Fee
Cornerstone of Hope had the opportunity to offer the first overnight Camp Erin in 2021, which took place August 6-8 at Templed Hills camp in Bellville, OH. With campers coming from both the Columbus and Cleveland office, as well as a few from out of state, we had 46 campers in attendance. Campers enjoyed a full weekend of getting to know other kids who have lost a loved one through tie-dye, ice breakers, kickball, pool, minute to win it, and more fun activities.
Grief work was also done, with campers completing interventions that allowed them to share about their loved ones, express emotions, and learn about support systems and coping skills. Campers reported a common theme of the comfort of being with others who have also experienced the loss of a loved one, sharing that it was felt that they grew closer than previous years.
Camp Erin could not have been possible without the dedication and support of our 15 volunteers, who effortlessly provided comfort and connection to all of our campers. We are grateful to Eluna Network, for allowing Cornerstone of Hope to continue to offer Camp Erin in an effort to create a world where no grieving person journeys alone.
Save The Date! Join us for the Camp Erin experience on August 5 – 7, 2022.
Free to attend.
Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 8 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving. Additional services are offered to support the whole family outside of the camp weekend. Through a network of partnerships with bereavement programs in local communities across the US and Canada, Camp Erin brings hope and healing to thousands of children and families annually and is offered at no cost to families. For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org.
All new campers must attend an intake session. No cost to attend.
Please note that attendance at the Save Your Spot Pizza Party is mandatory in order to secure your spot at Camp Erin. The Cleveland Pizza Party will be held on Friday, July 29th, 2022 from 6:00pm-7:30pm. At this meeting we will be going over important release forms, medical information, and what you can expect from the camp weekend. Additionally, campers will have the opportunity to meet others who will be at camp, providing them with a familiar face when they attend camp. Please be sure to check your email for additional information.
Camp Erin® Cleveland was created and is supported in part by Eluna*. For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org.
*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 Eluna Resource Center offers online tools, local referrals and personalized phone and email support for families experiencing grief, addiction and other related issues. For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org.
Eluna Resource Center – Looking for important grief resources to help a child, friend or family member in your community or nationwide?
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Eluna’s COVID-19 Resource is also available.