“Camp Erin helped me to realize that no matter what happens, I will have someone to talk to about my grief”
- Jaden, age 11

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About Camp Erin–Detroit

Camp Erin-Detroit is an annual, overnight, weekend-long camp experience for children and teens that have experienced the death of someone close to them. It is offered free of charge and is facilitated by professional staff specializing in grief and trained volunteers from Henry Ford Hospice SandCastles Grief Support Program. Grief is a normal, natural response to death and individuals need to be supported in order to begin to heal. Camp Erin offers that support.

SandCastles has offered a camp program since 1997. We were pleased to become Camp Erin-Detroit, a part of the national Camp Erin network, in 2009. Camp Erin is the largest network of bereavement camps in the country, serving more children than any other organization. Camp Erin-Detroit is funded in part by The Moyer Foundation. Additional funding includes Henry Ford Hospice and donations from individuals, groups and community organizations.


Camp Erin-Detroit applications for 2017 will be available in Spring! To join Camp Erin–Detroit your child or teen must be between grade levels 1st – 12th grades. Camp Erin- Detroit runs from Friday, August 18th - Sunday, August 20th. If you are interested in learning more about this camp please call SandCastles at 313-874-6881 to speak with a staff member as well as have an application sent to you.


Are you someone looking to get involved to help children in their grief journey even if it’s just for a short weekend? Here is your opportunity! SandCastles is looking for volunteers to help in support of their Camp Erin – Detroit bereavement camp held the weekend of August 18th-20th 2017. We rely on volunteers during this special weekend and have many opportunities for you to volunteer. We are in need of facilitators to facilitate the children’s group for the weekend, helpers that can assist in many areas throughout the weekend, helper for check-in/check-out, as well as at our closing picnic for camp.

It is a challenging and rewarding weekend in which both the children and adults learn and grow in amazing ways. We will provide you with the complete SandCastles Volunteer Training Program prior to camp, which will prepare you to work as a support group facilitator. If you are interested in joining or finding out more information about this fun filled, challenging, exciting weekend please contact us at 313-874-6881 for more information, please indicate you are calling to become a volunteer for Camp Erin - Detroit. Thank you for taking the time to inquire about volunteering for the Camp Erin – Detroit. You contribution will make a big difference in the lives of grieving children in the community.


Donate to Camp Erin-Detroit

If you are interested in making a donation directly to our Camp Erin-Detroit please click here to donate online. Please be sure to select Henry Ford Hospice - SandCastles as the designee and note in the comments section 'Camp Erin'.

If you are not sure what to donate please click on the link to the left of the screen for our wish list for camp and our programs as we need these things yearly. Thank you for your generosity.