Camp Erin Connecticut  

A weekend camp for children who have lost a loved one... 

“I am so grateful to you, and all those who worked so hard to make this happen for our children. It’s a club that you really don't want to join...but you and The Cove have made this "membership" so much better than it could be... You are a gift to us and I am so grateful!” –Parent of a Camp Erin CT Camper

CAMP ERIN CONNECTICUT - June 2-4, 2017  
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.  Please register for 2018 after August 2017. 

Camp Erin® Connecticut is a FREE weekend-long, overnight camp for children and teenagers aged 6-17 who are grieving the death of a loved one.  The camp is named after Erin Metcalf, a 17-year-old girl who died in 2000 and was a close friend of Jamie Moyer (former All-Star pitcher for the Seattle Mariners) and the Moyer family. The Moyers founded the Camp Erin network of camps in honor of Erin's memory.  

Campers participate for the full weekend at Camp Awosting in Morris, CT.  The camp is facilitated by professional staff and trained volunteers.  Cabin “Big Buddy” volunteers offer additional support and friendship for campers. 

Camp Erin® Connecticut is free of charge to all participants.  In 2017, camp will be held June 2-4, 2017.  Children are dropped off on Friday afternoon and picked up again the following Sunday.





More than your typical camp 

  Camp Erin is a traditional, high-energy camp that emphasizes fun while also providing support and education to kids who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  In addition to typical camp activities (evening campfires, nature walks, arts and crafts, games, sports and more), Camp Erin provides opportunities for healing and companionship not found in other settings.  Campers engage in activities designed specifically for their age.


Information and registration for campers 

Camp Erin is free for all participants, but space is limited and registration is required. We have a pre-camp Pizza Party Meet and Greet for families to attend. To register, contact the Camp Coordinator Delores Willaims at 203-634-0500 or by email at


Volunteer at Camp Erin® Connecticut 

 We are seeking volulnteers for Camp Erin 2018. Mandatory Training and DCF and Criminal Background checks required. If you're interested in volunteering at next year's Camp Erin, please contact Delores Williams,Camp Coordinator at  

Charitable Support Makes It Possible



We need your help. 
In 2013 the Moyer Foundation gave The Cove Center for Grieving Children a grant to launch Camp Erin® Newtown (which later became Camp Erin CT) here in our state. The grant funded the camp's start-up costs and provided The Cove with pledged funds to support a portion of the cost for a ten-year period, to ensure the camp's long-term growth. 

With the support of the designated grant each year that funds a portion of total expense, and donations from our community and in-kind donations, Camp Erin® Connecticut can be offered at no cost to grieving children throughout the state of Connecticut.

Your help is needed to ensure that we can support the budget for camp in 2018 so we are able to serve all of the children that would like to attend.  Our goal is to serve 100 campers, which will require funding of close to $50,000, and with your help, it will be a reality.  We also hope to develop funds to guarantee that we have secured funding for coming years, as our funding from the foundation decreases.  

An example of a corporation helping out is KBE Building Corporation who donated teddy bear t-shirts and performed minor surgery on some teddy bears for Camp Erin  2016 and 2017 campers. Click here to learn more about their efforts.  

Please donate to Camp Erin Connecticut today and help make a difference! 


The Cove Center for Grieving Children:
Camp Erin CT Camp Director, Donna Nickdow
Camp Erin CT Clinical Director, Renée McIntyre
Camp Erin CT Coordinator and Registrar, Delores Williams
Cove Executive Director - Camp Erin CT, Administrative Oversight and Donations, Mary Andersen

We are proud to partner with The Moyer Foundation to provide Camp Erin CT.  The Moyer Foundation is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide comfort, hope and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction. Founded in 2000 by World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, The Foundation created and supports two signature programs. Camp Erin® is the nation's largest network of free bereavement camps for grieving children and teens ages 6 - 17. For more information on The Moyer Foundation and its programs, please visit





The Moyer Foundation and New York Life Insurance
The Cove Center for Grieving Children
William J. and Clare Bright Fund of The Greater New Haven Community Foundation
Elizabeth Carse Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
The Yvette and Arthur Eder Foundation
Conrad H. Hilton Foundation
The Petit Family Foundation
Zurich American Insurance Company

Sandy Allard in Honor of Teresa Yocca and Mary Kay Fragola
Anonymous in honor of Donna Nickdow
Linda Brouard in Honor of Teresa Yocca
Eileen Cyrus in Honor of Teresa Yocca and Mary Kay Fragola
Mary Ann Daniel in Honor of Teresa Yocca
Carol James in Honor of Donna Nickdow
Steven Johnson in Honor of Teena Arbo
Kelly Leach in Honor of Teresa Yocca
Eileen Leahy in Honor of Teresa Yocca and Mary Kay Fragola
Tom Morgan
Brandy Richards in Honor of Teresa Yocca and Mary Kay Fragola
Beth Sabo in Honor of Teena Arbo
Louise Sapia
Sandy Vasmatics in Honor of Teresa Yocca and Mary Kay Fragola
Eric Yocca in Honor of Teresa Yocca
Frank Yocca in Honor of Teresa Yocca
Marianne Yocca in Honor of Teresa Yocca

"BE THE ONE" November 2016 Fundraiser
hosted by John and Maryellen Turgeon
Donors to event:
Fred and Linda Boothroyd
Shawn and Kristi Boothroyd
Craig and Jen Brown
Jim Chamberland
Steven Ciminero
Gary Ciminero
Douglas and Jan Collard
Michael and Julie Cotnoir
Brittany Doyon
Frank and Lena Emanuele
Simon and Jennifer Etzel
Rich and Cathy Ferreira
Michelle Folsom
Mark Folsom
Beth Frechette
William Fuzzard
Jason and Melissa Gallaway
Christopher and Sandra Harding
Innovative Medical Device Solutions
Kerri Kearney
Kevin and Kristy Kearney
Thomas and Donna Kearney
Ed and Phyllis Kindelan
Mathew Krukoski
Richard and Diana Labich
Bruce and Renee McIntyre
Steven and Mary Mercik
John and Tina Miller
Douglas and Angela Miller
Miller Oil Company
Dan and Anna Murphy
John and Bernice Plourde
Mark and Theresa Repucci
Robert and Angela Rossetti
Robert and Kelly Rossetti
Thom and Colleen  Semanie
Joe and Liz Spagnoletti
Richard and Amy-Jo Tanguay
Jefrey and Kimberly Tingley
John and Maryellen Turgeon
Ralph and Denise Wagner
Robert and Karen Waterman
Ryan and Kara Williams

Donors in Honor of Donna Nickdow's 60th Birthday Celebration:
Brian and Joann Ahern
Mary Andersen
George and Theresa Arcarola
Sean and Elizabeth Campbell
Joseph and Dianne D'Amato
Jim and Sharon Daugard
Douglas and Diane Desaulniers
Daniel and Carol Dipiazza
Patrick and Mary Downing
Michael and Lynn Drury
Gary and Joanne Dunchus
Anna Economou
Peter and Mary Franks
Adam and Diane Gaber
General Atlantic Foundation
Eugene Gentner
Mark Keenan
Harlie Kesten
Elizabeth Korn
Maria Lattari
Thomas and Gazella LeJeune
Kelsey Maiolo
John and Kathryn Maiolo
J. Paul and Julie Mansour
Gerald and Jeanne Martori
Robert and Julie McClenathan
Loretto Morrison
James and Mary Mullaney
Camille Munro
Katherine Nickdow
Gregory Nickdow
Edward Rigney
Michael and Kimberly Nickdow
Donna Nickdow
Jeffrey and Virginia Palmer
Stephen and Kathleen Quinn
Elizabeth Rigney
Joanne Rigney
Joseph and Darlene Rigney
Remy and Jane Rodas
George and Jill Sabak
Michael and Sharon Smith

The Moyer Foundation
Aetna Life Insurance Company
Alex Brands
Mary Andersen
Joseph Barker Enterprises
Big Y
Blue Lotus Yoga
Cheshire Youth Services
Heather Dawes and Family in Memory of Anthony Freeman, Jr.
Simon Etzel
Freeman's Fighters
KBE Building Corporation - 50 Ways to Make a Difference    
Kevin Kearney
Madison Police Department - Community Room
Bruce and Renée McIntyre
Donna Nickdow
New York Life Insurance CT
Poppey's Ice Cream Shoppe
Specialist I.D.
Kim Starr
Frank and Teresa Yocca
Zurich Insurance Company

Yalesville United Methodist Church Quilters
Helen Albert
Evelyn Casey
Maureen Christian
Barbara Crew
Doris Eckels
Jeanne Fitzgerald
Anne Marie Jackson
Linda Jones
Jo Langhoff
Sandra Morrison
Susanne Saggatis
Vicky Thulin
Suzanne Wasdyke
Shelby Weyant
Kathy Wysoczanski
Our thanks also to Pastor Anne Brackett.

First Congregational Church of Plymouth
Claudia Alford
Katy Boneski
Kris Bourret
Joanne Czeczot
Dianne D'Amato
Barbara Eddinger
Carol Ferland
Susan Fowler
Pat Garbati
Marnie Garbati
Linda Gomme
Betsy Goodwin
Alese Kummer
Susan LeCates
Ann Luba
JoAnn Macko
Patrick Mahoney
Josephine Malley
Laureen Mazzari
Susan Ranno
Vickie Santore
Judith Simpson
Jean Uhelskv
Carol Yarrison

....and our many friends of The Cove and Camp Erin CT.

The Moyer Foundation
New York Life Foundation
William J. and Clare Bright Fund
Conrad H. Hilton Foundation
Aetna Life Insurance Company
Denzler-Taconic Foundation Trust
J. Walton Bissell Foundation
KBE Building Corporation
Jane Remy-Rodas
Theresa and Frank Yocca 

. . . and the many friends of The Cove Center for Grieving Children

National Alliance for Grieving Children

The Moyer Foundation
New York Life Insurance
Aetna Life Insurance Company
Aetna Foundation
Alex Brands
Mary Andersen
Joseph Barker Enterprises
Big Y - Guilford
Flynn Products - Will Flynn
Costco - Local
Donna Nickdow
KBE Building Corporation - 50 Ways to Make a Difference    
Renée McIntyre
New York Life CT Valley
Poppey's Ice Cream Shoppe
U-HAUL of Meriden
Yalesville United Methodist Church Quilters
Zurich American Life Insurance Company - Community Awareness Week

Jamie and Karen Moyer, Co-Founders
Kevin Sullivan, National Executive Director
Karen Gallagher, Director of Development
Bethany Gardner, Camp Erin Program Manager
Lisa Willis, National Programs Director
Rachel Lockmon, Marketing & Communications

The Moyer Foundation
New York Life Foundation
William J. and Clare Bright Fund
Aetna Life Insurance Company
Aetna Foundation
J Walton Bissell Foundation
Boston Bruins Foundation
NC Software Inc.
Friends and Family in Memory of David Roberts
. . . and the many friends of The Cove Center for Grieving Children
National Alliance for Grieving Children 
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Meriden Library

Aetna Life Insurance
Aetna Employees
Amato's Toys and Hobby
Aurorae Yoga
Best Buy
Big Y
Joseph Barker Enterprises
The Citrone Fund
Jim Sachs and Clark Lane Middle School
Anonymous Donor of Peace Signs
Costco - National and Local       
Flynn Products - Will Flynn
Goddess Garden Organics
Nathaniel Green Community Center - Guilford, CT
Home Depot
KIND Healthy Snacks
Renée McIntyre
Midland Radio Corporation
Popey's Ice Cream Shoppe
Price Chopper
Price Rite
Sally’s Beauty
Stampin' Up!
Whole Foods
Yalesville United Methodist Church Quilters
Pam Tobin, Camp Director
Renée McIntyre, Camp Clinical Director
Mary Andersen, Executive Director of The Cove
Sharece Sellem, Camp Program Coordinator
Yannah Preta, Former Camp Program Coordinator
Sarah Andersen
Alex Baker
Jill Bivona
James Brady
Ethan Butler
Andrew Card
Elaine Colangelo
Travis Cormack
Lynn DeCelles
Bailey Dowler
Kristen Ezzo
Christine Fiori
Matthew Gionet
Mischa Haddaway
Maegen Hempstock
Judd Hiscox
Rebecca Histrov
Jennifer Kopcza
David Krell
Erica Macero
Kathryn McClellan
Amy McGuire
Jenna Muccilli
Meredith Newman
David Ortiz
Elaine Pflepsen
Bernice Plourde
John Plourde
James Power
Kaylei Roux
Tony Salvati
Louise Sapia
Jennifer South
Kim Starr
Zachary Stublarec
Jessica Szczesiul
Kaci Wood
Dulcey Worth
Linda Brogan
Ashley Camera
Megan Devaney
Cathy Fisher, Site Director
Barbara Giangreco, Site Director
Danielle Kowalski
Emily McCave
Samira Moosavi
Sara Schmidt
Darlene Stefanski
Camp Photographer
Debi Carroll
Chris Hinsley and Kevin Kerney, DJ and Volunteers
Christina Kursaw, Pet Therapist
Bill Probert and Associates, Lego Artists
Keri Saxton Yoga Therapist
Scott Beeman
Anne Corby
Jessica Davis
David DeCelles
Mikle Dempsky
Samantha Eidinger
Patty Jensen
Moise Laurent
Jennifer Pollard
James Sachs
Marina Sachs
Milan Sachs
Avni Shuhollari
Kim Wood
Kevin Ebner, President
Kristin Martin, Vice President
Pauline Jepson, Camp Director
Steve Jepson, Camp Director
Kathy Baker, Nurse
Tom Quarino, Chef
Camp Awosting Counselors:
Mark Adams
Conor Balkissoon
Dan Dyer
Michael Knight
Dan Lee
Arturo Noyola
Alex Rawlinson
Mark Reed
Karen Carney, Site Director
Valerie Cordiano, Site Director
Michelle Dailey, Site Director
Paula King, Fund Dev. Assistant
Jaime Miller, Site Director
Dan Riesel, Bookkeeper
and our many wonderful facilitators!
Simon F. Etzel, Jr., Chairman
John Turgeon, Treasurer
Lori Rodden, Secretary
Johanna Fitzgerald
Dr. Ruvim Izikson
Kara Williams
Chris Whelan (post term)

Jim and Mary Ann Emswiler
Katie LaManna
Bruce McIntyre
Joan Heller Miller
   . . . and the many friends of
          Camp Erin Connecticut