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Camp Erin© Santa Cruz FAQ

How much does Camp Erin cost?Camp Erin is 100% free of charge. 

7 Tips to Prepare For Your First Time at Camp Erin© Santa Cruz

When it comes to planning for your first time at Camp Erin© Santa Cruz, it is common for campers to be excited -- and a little nervous! -- about attending this adventure-filled, sleepaway camp. Our team put together this helpful guide for parents and campers, to make the Camp Erin prep process simple and easy.

Inside the Life of a Camp Buddy: Interview with Gary McMath

Meet Gary McMath, one of the Camp Buddies at Camp Erin© Santa Cruz. The father of five is a former Netflix executive who will volunteer with Camp Erin for the third year. Gary has been a wonderful contributor to camp, so we sat down with him to share what a “day in the life” is like, as a Camp Erin Camp Buddy.

Advance Directives: A Caring Decision - Lessons from the Experts


National Healthcare Decisions Day and the Story Behind It

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Ethel's Story: A Labor of Love

As soon as Ethel Herring opened the front door and walked into the house, she knew her mother had died. She could feel it in the energy in the room. It hung in the air like a pause.

A Deeply Moving Personal Choice: Assemblymember Mark Stone opens up about his Advance Directive – and why they matter to us all

For Assemblymember Mark Stone, pursuing his own Advance Directive was about more than pragmatism: he was also thinking about the wellbeing of his wife. In the event that he could not speak to his own medical choices, he wanted to spare her from any further burden.

Helping Kids Cope with Loss

Because of the generous support of our community, Hospice of Santa Cruz County hosted our first weekend camp for grieving children, Camp Erin© Santa Cruz, last fall. Nestled in the redwood forest at Mount Hermon Redwood Camp, the weekend was filled with both healing and fun activities for the 40 campers in attendance. Campers brought photos of their special person to include on the memory board. They gathered in small groups and, with the support of trained volunteers and staff, discussed their feelings of grief and loss. Interspersed with these healing activities was a lot of fun – ziplining, swimming, art projects and an adventurous ride on the Geronimo Swing.

The Recipes of Life - A Volunteer's Journey

Volunteer Visitor Denine Jones

Sometimes an experience in life inspires us to change directions.  Denine Jones had one of those experiences toward the end of her father-in-law’s life. While spending time with him in the hospital, she realized her calling – to become a nurse. As she was helping to honor her father-in-law’s end-of-life wishes, it became clearer that her interest was in hospice care. “I just want to support and empower people who are dying and do what I can to improve their quality of life,” explains Denine.

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