COPE’s Camp Erin® NYC

A note from our Camp Director Ann Fuchs
Hi Everyone,

I can ask “What’s new?” but I think I already know! Maybe you’re doing a little cleaning, social media fun, reading, TV watching, puzzle challenges, home schooling, cooking, ordering in and realizing teachers and stay at home moms are priceless!!!
The good thing, I have realized, is anything you want to know is on the internet-from exercise videos to recipes to children’s games to cutting bangs. And, by the way, good thing I will have a chance to try again with those bangs!
Best thing I saw today was an obstacle course laid out with blue painters tape around the house! Over, under ,through things, some skill challenges spread throughout  the course. Let your imagination go wild. Who cares what your house looks like! You’re not going anywhere! If you don’t feel like doing it, have older sibling create for younger if that’s the family make up or even suggest to child to create themselves.I think the video I saw was a 3 year old running around following the trail. For older children have things to complete at different areas- draw something, build something, solve something!
Share with friends things you have come upon in the last week- especially the humor- everyone needs a dose of that!
This is a particularly difficult time globally, but behind every apartment door or house door there may be another personal story that is gripping your family. Reach out if you need to, to COPE or Camp Erin friends or whomever you feel comfortable. You are not alone.. We are still planning ahead for camp as Jamie even interviewed some prospective campers. Whether or not Camp Erin will run is dependent on whether Camp Wayne will be operating. They have some huge decisions to make – following governmental guidelines and the collective wisdom of the camping industry. We will support them and follow suit.
In the meantime, talk, share, laugh, get messy with whomever you are in the house with!!!!!

Ann Fuchs
 Director, Camp Erin New York City
A bereavement camp for children 6-17
“Where Children Learn to Grieve and Heal”


“Camp Erin® NYC helped me find the part of me that I was missing. It made me realize my dad is there and he will always be a part of me.”  –  Camp Erin ® NYC Camper

COPE partners with Eluna to offer Camp Erin® NYC, a FREE, weekend long grief support camp designed to help children and teenagers ages 6 – 17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them.

Camp Erin® NYC  is a free, weekend bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 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.

Camp Erin® NYC combines traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Through interactions with other children and with adults, campers learn that they are not alone in their grief. Camp Erin® NYC provides a relaxed, safe and supportive setting for children to express emotions, share their grief and learn positive coping skills. The COPE Foundation provides families with long term support. 

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

COPE Foundation offers a concurrent parent camp for caretakers of the children who attend Camp Erin® NYC (nominal charge). For more information about the parent camp, please email Camp Director Ann Fuchs at  To view a press release about this parent camp, please click here.

COPE Foundation was awarded the 2014 Roger E. Joseph Prize for recognition of Camp Erin® NYC’s extraordinary compassion in offering generous grief support to children and teenagers as they come to grips with the death of a loved one. Past recipients have included the family who sheltered Anne Frank; Rosa Parks; Daniel Pearl, posthumously; and others.

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

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.

Eluna teams up with many corporate partners, individual and in-kind donors, professional teams, and community leaders to help raise awareness and generate support for Camp Erin® NYC. The generosity of local communities ensures that Camp Erin® NYC is FREE to all campers. This can only be possible with your help.

Some of the items you can donate include:

  • 70 mini led flashlights
  • 18 12-packs colored magic markers sharpies etc.
  • 5 packs of colored tissue paper

And from Michael’s art store:

  • 3 packs of 60 count foam paint brushes
  • Foam Brush Value Set By Craft Smart 60 pack   
  • 8 bottles Liquitex® Gloss Medium & Varnish, 32 ounces

To donate and for more information please contact: Ann Fuchs, Camp Director at

Camp Erin® NYC Bowl-a-Thons 

Check out photos from our past Bowl-a-Thon Here.


Get Involved

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

To VOLUNTEER and be a part of an incredible weekend as a Big Buddy for a camper or serve as support staff for activities, please call Ann at 914.552-6919 or email

To make a donation to COPE for Camp Erin NYC, please click here.

To download our new brochure, please click here.

To download our camper application, please click here.

To download our volunteer application, please click here.

For more information, please contact: Ann Fuchs, Camp Director at

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
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.