transformative heart healing for kids
all weekend long at Camp Erin, one boy had been disruptive. he had interrupted counselors, he made fun of other campers, and when he said he didn’t want to be there, the counselors were beginning to agree. but they exercised patience, and compassion: the boy’s father had just passed away.
emotions are strange. grief, guilt, and a family addiction can cause a child's whole identity to shift. that transformation can create a lasting legacy of emotional and behavioral patterns that are almost impossible to break, unless properly addressed.
on the last night at every Camp Erin, each child participates in a ritual that Karen Moyer calls “luminary moments,” when all the campers place floating candles onto a body of water. a couple of years ago, the boy who had been disruptive all weekend stood up from where he was sitting, walked along the length of a swimming pool, and placed a floating candle in the water at the far end. then he walked back along the pool and sat down.
with unusual speed, the candle drifted on the surface of the pool, flame flickering, wake rippling behind, as it moved across the whole length of the swimming pool. then it floated there, right in front of the boy. he stood up, brought the candle back to the far side of the pool, and then sat back down. again, the candle floated with unnatural speed back to his side.
“I told him, maybe this is your dad, still being here for you,” says Karen Moyer. she is the founder and Vice-President of the Moyer foundation. the next day, that boy who had been disruptive was changed: he even MC'd the final camp gathering, with humor and enthusiasm.
over the course of 15 years, Mrs. Moyer has seen a lot of similarly incredible transformations take place at Camp Erin and Camp Mariposa. these counter-transformations of healing are what the Moyer Foundation provides, so that children can accept and work through profoundly difficult emotions. so far, over 22,000 children have attended Camp Erin, the Moyer Foundation’s bereavement program for youth, and soon the foundation will opening up its 50th camp.
and that’s not all that the Moyer Foundation does for children. starting in 2007, the Moyer Foundation created Camp Mariposa, a national addiction prevention and mentoring program designed to help children who have been impacted by substance abuse in their families. “these camps are a necessary part of dealing with the opioid problem in our country,” Mrs. Moyer explains. “we have army kids coming in, and kids from all walks of life who all have a parent with an addiction. right now, kids who come from a family with an addiction are four times more likely to struggle with addiction themselves. but with the right resources, education and support, they can break the generational cycle of addiction.”
the main reason why Camp Erin and Camp Mariposa are so powerful and transformative for children, Mrs. Moyer says, is because it brings children together. every kid there has a struggle in common. they have each deal with a lost loved one or with family addiction, and they can all feel the “empowerment… from being together with other kids just like them. they’re no longer isolated, facing emotions that they don’t understand how to deal with.” the camps are also transformational, Mrs. Moyer says, for the volunteers, many of whom become “addicted to volunteering,” and some of whom actually attended Camp Erin themselves, when they were younger.
coming together with a candlelight ritual and healing. that wonderful idea is what the Moyer Foundation is all about, and what glassybaby is all about, too. Mrs. Moyer is grateful for the connection: “we love glassybay. we're so excited for this partnership: we are constantly fundraising to maintain our camps and open new ones around the country, so every donation means so much.”
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