About Camp Erin

Camp Erin Toronto is a weekend-long overnight bereavement camp in Muskoka for children and teens in the Greater Toronto area. The camp finds grieving children through various community agencies—most notably the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre—and combines traditional outdoor camp activities, such as swimming and canoeing with grief education and emotional support activities, such as journal making and a candlelight memorial ceremony.

Camp Erin activities focus on providing campers with the tools needed to help them in their grief and with difficult experiences throughout their lives. It also enhances self-esteem and provides pure enjoyment. The Camp gives children and teens 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.

All activities are facilitated by our grief counsellors and trained volunteers.

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


Adobe Magazine's Camp Erin Feature

Be sure to check out this awesome article by Cece Scott, Camp Erin Volunteer, featured in Abode Magazine.

*article is on pages 32-33.

Our wonderful sponsors
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 camperin@griefcentre.org or call us at 416-360-1111.

ONLINE REGISTRATION for Camp Erin Toronto 2018 coming soon.

We hope to see you at Camp!

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 Camp Manitou. 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 registration will be opening soon. Stay tuned! 

Please take note of the following mandatory dates:

  • New Volunteer Webinar – TBD – by webinar
  • Volunteer Training and Meet-The-Camper Event:Saturday, May 12 from 9:00am-5:00pm - 4600 Bathurst Street - Sherman Campus; Lipa Green Building
  • Camp Weekend:June 1 at 8:00am to June 3 at 5:00pm
  • Camp Reunion: Weekday Evening in June - Date TBD

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at camperin@griefcentre.org

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