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About Camp Erin Toronto

Camp Erin Toronto is a weekend-long overnight bereavement camp in Muskoka for children and youth aged 6-17. 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.

Volunteering at Camp

Thank you for your interest in volunteering wit out Camp Program in 2020, taking place over the weekend of June 5th - June 7th at beautiful Camp Manitou.

Volunteer applications for the 2020 Camp Erin Toronto, please visit - applications will open in January 2020.

Please take note of the following mandatory dates:

  • New Volunteer Orientation (optional for return vols) - May 9, 9am-5pm - 4600 Bathurst Street - Sherman Campus; Lipa Green Building
  • All Volunteer Training and Camper Meet & Greet/Caregiver Orientation: Saturday, May 23, 9:00am-5:00pm - 7015 Leslie Street Leslie & Steeles)
  • Camp Weekend: June 5, 7:45 am to June 7, 6:00pm - Camp Manitou (bus arrival and departure from Adventure Valley – 7015 Leslie Street)
  • Camp Reunion: June 2020; camper, family and volunteer reception and Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre

If you are interested in learning about other volunteer opportunities through the Centre, please click here

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

Thank you again for your interest in Camp Erin Toronto!

Camper Registration

Camp Erin Toronto 2019 has been filled. If you would like to join our waitlist, please visit

Thanks to the generous support of the Jays Care Foundation, the Eluna Network, Camp Manitou, Richter LLP, individual donors and past camp families, we are pleased to be able to offer this free camp weekend (May 31-June 2) 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.

All campers and caregivers are required to attend a special Camper Meet & Greet and Caregiver Orientation event, to be held from 2:00-4:00pm on Saturday, May 11th. 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 and meet Camp Erin staff and volunteers.


Click here to find answers to some ‘Frequently Asked Questions’. Should you have any additional questions please email us at or call us at 416-360-1111 x. 209.

ONLINE REGISTRATION for Camp Erin Toronto 2020 will open early 2020: To be notified when registration opens, please email your campers name and age to

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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