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About Camp Erin

Camp Erin Toronto is a weekend-long overnight bereavement camp in Muskoka for children and youth aged 6-17 from the GTA and military families from across Canada. Camp Erin is provided at no cost to families and is open to any child who has experienced the death of an immediate family member or custodial caregiver, regardless of cause or length of time since the death.

Clients are referred to Camp Erin through a variety of sources, including community, child protection, health and mental health agencies, through schools, word of mouth, and many are existing clients of the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre. All are welcome. Camp Erin Toronto strives to create an environment that honours and reflects the diversity of individuals and families in our communities.

Camp Erin Toronto combines traditional outdoor camp activities, such as swimming, high ropes and canoeing with grief education and emotional support activities, such as journal making, Ask the Doctor sessions and a candlelight memorial ceremony. Activities focus on providing campers with the tools needed to help them in their grief and with difficult experiences throughout their lives, while enhancing overall wellness, play and vitality. Camp Erin gives children and youth the opportunity to meet with other grieving kids in a fun and natural environment; understanding that they are not the only ones to experience the death of someone close to them decreases the sense of isolation that many grieving children experience.

The Camp Erin experience includes a Camper Meet and Greet and Caregiver Orientation event, Camp Erin weekend, and Camp Reunion. The Meet and Greet and Orientation occurs prior to camp and helps increase comfort with the weekend and ease anxieties around separation for both campers and caregivers. Many campers describe their Camp Erin weekend as transformational, changing the course of their grieving and making a significant positive impact on the trajectory of their young lives. All activities are facilitated by our grief counsellors and trained volunteers.

Volunteer Registration

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Camp Erin Toronto 2018, which will be taking place over the weekend of June 1st - 3rd at beautiful Camp Manitou. We know that so much of Camp Erin Toronto’s success is a direct result of our amazing volunteers… We are so incredibly grateful that so many skilled, compassionate, and enthusiastic volunteers are interested in being part of Camp Erin Toronto each year!

Volunteer applications for the 2018 Camp Erin Toronto year are completed online.

Please click on this link to apply as a RETURN volunteer:

Click on this link to apply as a NEW volunteer:

Camper applications will open in January 2018.

Please complete the application in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  Following receipt of your completed application, we will contact you with next steps.

Please take note of the following mandatory dates and events:

  • New Volunteer Orientation - April 28, 9am-5pm - location TBD
  • Supporting Children's Grief Webinar - prerecorded and mandatory for all volunteers
  • All Volunteer Training and Camper Meet & Greet/Caregiver Orientation: Saturday, May 12, 9:00am-5:00pm - 4600 Bathurst Street - Sherman Campus; Lipa Green Building
  • Camp Weekend: June 1, 7:45 am to June 3, 6:00pm - Camp Manitou (bus arrival and departure info TBD)
  • Camp Reunion: TBD; camper, family and volunteer reception and Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Thank you again for your interest in Camp Erin 2018!

Camper Registration

We are very excited to launch the application process for our tenth annual Camp Erin Toronto, taking place this year from Friday June 1st to Sunday June 3rd, 2018. If your child(ren) or other children you know meet eligibility criteria and would benefit from this free bereavement camp, please apply or share this information with others in your network. Below you will find information and an online registration link.

Thanks to the generous support of the Jays Care Foundation, the Moyer Foundation, Richter LLP and past camp families, we are pleased to be able to offer this free camp weekend to children/youth who meet the following criteria:

  • aged 6 to 17 years old
  • has never attended any Camp Erin in the past
  • does not require one-on-one support
  • has experienced the death of a parent, sibling or custodial guardian

*If you are unsure about eligibility, PLEASE contact us for more information. Please note there are no geographical restrictions for applications and campers are accepted from anywhere in Ontario or Canada.

We encourage you to apply early, as registration will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis and spots are limited. Only completed applications will be accepted.

All campers and caregivers are required to attend a special “Meet the Campers” event, to be held from 2:00-4:00pm on Saturday, May 12th. This event will provide campers, families, and volunteers an opportunity to meet and get to know one another, engage in camp-style activities, and for caregivers to receive additional information about Camp Erin Toronto.

Should you have any additional questions please email us at or call us at 416-360-1111.

ONLINE REGISTRATION for Camp Erin Toronto 2018 coming soon.

We hope to see you at Camp!

CBC's The National Camp Erin Feature

CBC's The National visited Camp Erin Toronto and spoke with campers and parents about their personal experiences dealing with the loss of loved ones — watch the story


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