Where Children Learn to Grieve and Heal

Hosted at Camp Wayne for Girls

56 Nice People Place, Preston Park, PA 18455


Hi from Camp Erin NYC,

It’s official! It’s Spring! I know, I know- there are still some weeks to go before the threat of cold weather is behind you.

BUT…..How exciting to look forward!  “Spring is the season during which the natural world revives and reinvigorates after the colder winter months.  During spring, dormant plants begin to grow again, new seedlings sprout out of the ground and hibernating animals awake.” So too, should we, as humans, wake up all that has been asleep. Your body, your mind, your curiosity and adventurous spirit! Hope you find something you can spring into!

I am looking ahead to camp, gathering my volunteers in preparation for another amazing weekend of healing at Camp Erin NYC. Lots of returners and some new faces will greet this year’s campers. However, first things first! In order to be able to offer camp, we need your support!  Our annual Bowl-a-thon is back again April 8, 2024 7-9 PM at Frames Bowling Lounge in NYC! 

If you would like to grab some friends and bowl for a great cause, I need to get you a lane ASAP so please contact me at and don’t forget to register here –  Eventbrite  for an evening  full of fun, food, laughter and bowling with friends and family!!!!

Look forward to seeing you with a bit of spring in your step!

Warmest regards,


Ann Fuchs
Director, Camp Erin New York City
A bereavement camp for children 6-17

“Where Children Learn to Grieve and Heal”

About Camp Erin NYC

COPE partners with Eluna to offer Camp Erin® NYC, a FREE, weekend long grief support camp designed to help children and teenagers ages 7 – 17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them.

Children and teens ages 7 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. There is also a concurrent parent and adult retreat for caregivers of the children who attend Camp Erin NYC for a nominal fee.



For more information about Camp Erin NYC, please email Camp Director Ann Fuchs at

Parent/Caregiver Retreat

COPE offers a concurrent Parent/Caregiver Retreat to Camp Erin NYC.

Loss affects the entire family. Supporting grieving children ideally involves supporting their parents and caregivers.

While the children are attending Camp on one side of the lake, parents and caregivers have the option of partaking in their own Retreat on the other side of the lake.

There will be scheduled programs and circles where parents and caregivers can share their personal story and find understanding from others who are on a similar path of loss—while learning tools to support themselves and their children in their grief.

There will also be optional free time to enjoy the camp grounds, swim, play tennis, pickle ball, and walk on a wooded trail—hopefully finding some downtime and personal peace.

While Camp Erin NYC is free to attend, a $100 donation is requested for those participating in the Parent/Caregiver Retreat. This donation helps offset the cost of a room for 2 nights and 6 meals and can be made in memory of your loved one.

COPE programs are available to all regardless of your ability to pay, so please contact if you are unable to cover the full donation.

It opened my grief. It gave me new ideas. It showed me the power of holding grief as a community. It helped me feel more comfortable with my grief. It was truly the gift of a lifetime.
2023 Parent/Caregiver Retreat Participant


Camp Erin® NYC is made possible through the support of many dedicated volunteers and donors. There are several ways to get involved. Please consider volunteering and/or donating.

Please call Ann at 914.552-6919 or email

Your support helps grieving children build a support team, forge forever friendships and gather the tools to navigate their grief journey. THEY need you and WE need your support.


To DONATE money needed for supplies and services, see link below, or make checks payable to COPE (with a note in the memo section “Camp Erin NYC”) and send to The COPE Foundation, P.O. Box 1251, Melville, NY 11747.


For more information, please call Ann Fuchs at 914.552-6919 or email

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COPE’s Camp Erin NYC 2023 BOWL-A-THON

Bowl A Thon COPE

Thank you to all who joined us April 24th at Frames Bowling Lounge in NYC for a night filled with fun, friends,
and food in support of Camp Erin NYC!

All proceeds go directly to providing the resources and supplies needed to put on this amazing healing weekend!


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

Eluna partners with bereavement programs in local communities to help fund, develop and grow Camp Erin® nationwide. For more information, please visit

Looking for important grief resources to help a child, friend or family member in your community or nationwide? We are proud to share the Eluna Resource Center. Its straightforward design makes it easy to search for articles, videos, activities, and referrals to local programs. In addition, Eluna offers free personalized recommendations with a 24-hour turn-around.