Camp Erin Connecticut

A weekend camp for children who are grieving . . .

“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 1-3, 2018 

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 2018, camp will be held June 1-3, 2018.  Children are dropped off on Friday afternoon and picked up again the following Sunday.

Click here for a 2018 Camp Flyer. 

 

    

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

This year, Camp Erin CT is scheduled for June 1-3, 2018. First-time campers will be given priority. All past Camp Erin CT participants will be automatically placed on a waiting list. Camp Erin is free for all participants, but space is limited.

2018 Camp Erin Application:

Registration is now available online for campers! Camp Erin CT has partnered with CampDoc.com, an electronic health record system provided to registrants free of charge. All information entered is completely secure and will remain protected.

View common questions about the application process here. 
We also have a pre-camp Pizza Party Meet and Greet for families to attend in May that you will receive reminders about.    

Note: To experience the CampDoc.com website fully, you'll need to use the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari.
CampDoc.com does not function in Internet Explorer.

 

Please call the Camp Coordinator at 203-634-0500 or by email programs@covect.org with questions or to request application materials be sent to you by mail if you are not able to use one of the linked versions above.  

Volunteer at Camp Erin® Connecticut 

We are seeking volunteers for Camp Erin 2018. However, we have a full roster of female volunteers and are seeking male volunteers for the boys' cabins.  We also have a waiting list Mandatory Training and DCF and Criminal Background checks required. If you're interested in volunteering at Camp Erin CT 2018, you may now register online using the blue REGISTER NOW button above and following prompts for volunteers. We will be in touch to provide information on the training process.  Please contact the Camp Coordinator at programs@covect.org  with any questions.

Charitable Support Makes It Possible!    

Your help is needed today. 
We depend on our everyday heroes to help sponsor Camp Erin Connecticut. 
$500 sponsors one camper. $250 Sponsors a Big Buddy. $30 Sponsors a Teddy Bear.
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. Contact Mary Andersen (mary@covect.org) at (203) 634-0500 Ext 14 to discuss donation and sponsorship opportunities.  

An example of a corporation helping out is KBE Building Corporation - who are now a Cove Organizational Sponsor for 2018, helping to ensure that our programs are funded. They also 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! 

CAMP ERIN CONNECTICUT CONTACTS

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, Programs@covect.org
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 www.moyerfoundation.org.   

 

 

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THANK YOU TO OUR CAMP ERIN CT 2018 DONORS:

The Moyer Foundation and New York Life Insurance
New York Life Insurance Technology Grant
The Cove Center for Grieving Children
Aetna
KBE Building Corporation


INDIVIDUAL DONORS
William J. and Clare Bright
Veronica Jennings in Memory of Danielle Marie Plourde
Lynn Drury in Memory of Ryan McAdam
Donna Nickdow in Honor of Olivia Morrison
Valerie Richardson in Celebration of Bernice Plourde's 60th Birthday
Greg and Nancy Shook in Honor of Renee McIntyre
Jim and Pam Turner in Honor of Bernice Plourde
Stephen Wallace in Honor of Donna Nickdow

IN-KIND DONATIONS
Aetna InSurance
Alex Brands
Mary Andersen
Joseph Barker Enterprises
Big Y - Guilford CT
Cheshire Youth Services
COSTCO 
Renee and Bruce McIntyre
New York Life Insurance Company
Donna Nickdow
Popey's Ice Cream Shoppe
Specialist ID
Teresa Yocca

  

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THANK YOU OUR CAMP ERIN CT 2017 DONORS:

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

 

GENERAL DONATIONS TO CAMP ERIN CT 2017:
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

IN-KIND DONATIONS
The Moyer Foundation
Aetna Life Insurance Company
Alex Brands
Mary Andersen
Joseph Barker Enterprises
Big Y
Blue Lotus Yoga
Cheshire Youth Services
Costco
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
Smorstix
Specialist I.D.
Kim Starr
Frank and Teresa Yocca
Zurich Insurance Company

QUILT DONORS:
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.
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DONORS TO CAMP ERIN CONNECTICUT 2016
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

 

COLLABORATIVE ORGANIZATIONS
National Alliance for Grieving Children

  

IN-KIND DONATIONS
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
Popey's Ice Cream Shoppe
Specialist ID.com
U-HAUL of Meriden
Yalesville United Methodist Church Quilters
Zurich American Life Insurance Company - Community Awareness Week

 

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THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO CAMP ERIN CT 2015!!
THE MOYER FOUNDATION
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

 

DONORS TO CAMP ERIN CONNECTICUT
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
COLLABORATIVE ORGANIZATIONS
National Alliance for Grieving Children 
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Meriden Library

IN-KIND DONATIONS
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
Coca-Cola
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
Lowe's
Renée McIntyre
Midland Radio Corporation
Popey's Ice Cream Shoppe
Price Chopper
Price Rite
REI
Sally’s Beauty
Specialist ID.com
Stampin' Up!
Target
Whole Foods
Yalesville United Methodist Church Quilters
2015 CAMP ERIN CONNECTICUT STAFF
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
 
2015 CAMP ERIN BIG BUDDIES
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
 
CLINICAL VOLUNTEERS
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
 
VOLUNTEER SERVICE PROVIDERS
Chris Hinsley and Kevin Kerney, DJ and Volunteers
Christina Kursaw, Pet Therapist
Bill Probert and Associates, Lego Artists
Keri Saxton Yoga Therapist
 
2015 CAMP VOLUNTEERS
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
 
2015 CAMP AWOSTING STAFF
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
 
2015 COVE COORDINATING OFFICE AND
COVE FAMILY SITE SUPPORT
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!
 
2015 COVE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Simon F. Etzel, Jr., Chairman
John Turgeon, Treasurer
Lori Rodden, Secretary
Johanna Fitzgerald
Dr. Ruvim Izikson
Kara Williams
Chris Whelan (post term)
 

2015 COVE ADVISORY BOARD
Jim and Mary Ann Emswiler
Katie LaManna
Bruce McIntyre
Joan Heller Miller
 
   . . . and the many friends of
          Camp Erin Connecticut