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Camp Erin Central Texas (formerly Camp Brave Heart)

Children who are grieving can experience a sense of isolation as they struggle with deep and complicated feelings. Often, these children know no one else who has suffered a similar loss.

Camp Erin® Central Texas is a free bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 – 17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them. It is a traditional, fun, high-energy camp combined with grief education, peer bonding, and emotional support led by grief support professionals and trained volunteers. Camp Erin Central Texas is a program of Hospice Austin and part of The Moyer Foundation’s national Camp Erin program.

Swimming, hiking, campfires, archery, sing-a-longs, crafts and a low-level ropes course are just a few of the activities that campers enjoy. Over the course of three days and two nights packed with recreational and therapeutic activities, campers hear each other’s stories, explore their grief in a safe and understanding environment, and learn ways to help them cope with their loss.

Camp will be held Monday, July 30th through Wednesday, August 1st in 2018. Applications are available on this webpage beginning March 19th. Please call (512) 342-4700 for more information. Camp Erin Central Texas is provided to families free of charge in large part to the financial support of University Christian Church, The Moyer Foundation and the New York Life Foundation.

The free, 3-day/2-night camp is held every summer at John Knox Ranch outside Wimberley in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Bus transportation to and from the camp is provided from a location near Hospice Austin’s main office in northwest Austin. Campers are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis after determining that the child is emotionally ready and able to participate and benefit from the camp. Campers may attend one time unless they experience another loss after they have attended camp. Camp fills up, so get your registration in as soon as you can!

 

 


We are pleased to announce that Camp Brave Heart is now Camp Erin® Central Texas!  To learn more about our name change and our collaboration with The Moyer Foundation, please click here.

The Moyer Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to provide comfort, hope, and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction. Founded in 2000 by former Major League Baseball pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer, The Moyer Foundation supports thousands of children and families each year through its free signature programs and services. Camp Erin® is  the largest national bereavement program for children and teens grieving the death of someone significant in their lives. The Moyer Foundation Resource Center extends The Foundation’s continuum of care by providing a curated set of online resources with personalized phone and email support for families experiencing grief, addiction and other related issues. For more information, please visit moyerfoundation.org.


 

Camp Brave Heart 2017

Camp Brave Heart 2017 was a resounding success! To see pictures from this year’s camp, please click here.

KVUE and Spectrum News both came out and did wonderful stories on the camp:

KVUE news story

Spectrum news story

 

A Letter from a Camper Camp Brave Heart Campers Anastasia, Emma and Madison

I went to Camp Brave Heart honestly thinking it wouldn’t help. Then I got to camp. It was ok to cry, ask questions, tell people how you really felt. We did things that helped me understand what I was feeling. And there was nothing awkward when you said “My _____ passed,” because we all understood the feeling well enough in order to not make someone else feel it. At Camp Brave Heart, I also made lifetime bonds with four friends who also lost their dads. We meet up on holidays, birthdays, any day we can really, and my little brother does the same with his friends he made at camp. Thank you for letting me tell you how Camp Brave Heart has helped me even now when I’m 14.

Have a nice day,
Madison

Madison attended camp when she was 12 and wrote this letter at 14. She is now 20 years old and has volunteered at Camp Brave Heart for the past two summers to help other children cope with losing someone they love.