Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC

                   June 26 - 28, 2015


Camper Criteria

  • Has never attended a Wendt Center Grief Camp
  • Must be between 7-17 years old
  • Must have experienced a death-related loss
  • Must live in the Washington/Metropolitan area
  • Must be willing to come in for an interview/assessment
  • Must be able to attend camp: Friday-Sunday

For camper application questions call Cynthia Pearson at 202-204-5022 or email


Click here if you are interested in volunteering opportunities for the 2015 Camp Forget-Me-Not/ Camp Erin DC


Camp Videos


You Tube video of Camp Forget Me Not / Camp Erin 2011

Camp Slideshows

We would like to thank everyone that helped to make this camping season a success.   Click here to see 2015 Camp Video

We would like to thank all the clinical and administrative staff, volunteers, buddies, parents and friends for helping to make this the most special camping season ever. Click here to view the 2013 Camp slideshow

We would like to thank everyone for helping to make this camp season special to all that attended. Click here to see 2014 Camp Video 

Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DCYou Matter to Us

Love, laughter, learning and leisure are the needs of all children, especially those who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. The camp is not designed as a replacement for therapy but as an enjoyable opportunity to explore grief where a child’s self expression is heard, valued and honored.

Guiding Principles

Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC is founded on the belief that every person deserves the opportunity to express his or her feelings or grief in a supportive and understanding environment. Based on this belief, the guiding principles of Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC are:

  • Grief is a normal process in response to the loss of a loved one
  • Each child has the natural capacity to heal in his or her own timeframe
  • The duration and intensity of grief is unique to each individual
  • Caring, listening and acceptance assist in the healing process
Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC

The Camp Model

At Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC, each camper is paired with an adult buddy for the weekend. Buddies are specially trained volunteers who serve as role models in the grief process and help provide companionship and support to campers. The individual attention Buddies provide campers is what makes Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC so special. Professional licensed therapists and counselors lead several therapeutic group sessions designed to address the age-specific needs of the grieving camper.

As part of the Wendt Center's commitment to individual well being, a $10 assessment fee is required.  This assessment will measure each child's needs related to grief and loss.  Applicants are interviewed to assess for appropriateness and readiness for camp as well as other services if applicable. 

If this fee prevents your child(ren) from participating in camp, please contact us (202) 624-0010.  No child will be denied access to camp based on an inability to pay the $10. 

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Fun Activities

Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DCCampers enjoy a weekend of traditional camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, games and campfire activities. Our camp offers specialty activities which include seining, playback theatre, drumming and music, journaling and meditation, therapeutic art, drama, and the initiative and confidence course. Campers and Buddies sleep in air-conditioned cabins and eat together community style.All the activities are specially designed to help campers express themselves and develop bonds with others. Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC is provided free of charge.

All prospective campers are interviewed and assessed for readiness and appropriateness prior to acceptance.


2014 Camp Reunion at Nationals Stadium

The 2014 Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin - campers and their families attended the Nats VS Phillies Game, on Saturday, September 6, 2014, sponsored by the Moyer Foundation and the Wendt Center. 

Click here to view slideshow


Camp Erin film, "One Last Hug" Wins Emmy

The Moyer Foundation produced an Emmy-Award winning documentary about children's grief camps: "One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp." Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC is a part of the Moyer-funded network of camps.  The film is available via HBO GO. Click here to see the trailer.


Newspaper Articles and Live Broadcast

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Camp Wish List

Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC

• Monetary Donations

• (60) Teddy Bears (12

   inches tall-similar

   in style)

• Gift Certificates (Giant,

   Safeway, Michael’s, AC

   Moore, Trader Joe's,

   Whole Foods, Walmart

   and Target)

• Twin-bed sheet sets

• Cases of bottled water


• Cases of can seltzer water

• Individually wrapped

   snacks (assorted chips,

   pretzels, fruit bars) –

   NO Peanuts

• Fruit - 1 Case each

   (bananas, apples and


 • Small Teddy Bears

   (various styles) and

   Beanie Babies

• Art Supplies (crayons,

   glue, glitter, feathers,

   permanent markers,

   construction paper,

   stickers, gems, pipe

   cleaners, colored

   popsicle sticks, paint,

   pony beads, brown

   lunch bags)

• Ink pens (all colors)

• Lanyard (all colors)

Special thanks to Mr. Anthony Howard (Owner/operator of Howard Motorbus Inc.) for donating his bus and time to personally drive the campers safely to and from Camp for the past 3 years.



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