Camp Mariposa

Camp Mariposa is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth who have been impacted by substance use in their families. Camp Mariposa is offered free of charge.

Children ages 9-12 attend transformational weekend camps multiple times a year. Campers participate in fun traditional camp activities combined with education and support exercises led by mental health professionals and trained mentors. Additional educational, social and mentoring activities are offered for campers, teens and their families throughout the year. These activities build knowledge, coping skills, confidence and an opportunity to connect with one another.

Led by mental health professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Mariposa provides a safe, fun and supportive environment critical to help break the cycle of addiction. The camp is led by Oaklawn staff and community volunteers who provide therapeutic activities in a beautiful camp setting.

Click here to download the MENTOR VOLUNTEER APPLICATION (Once completed, please submit application to

Camp Mariposa is currently on a waiting list, click here to complete Wait List Information.

If you would like more information about Camp Mariposa, please contact Liz O’Connor, 574-533-1234 ext. 3298, or

Become a Mentor

During the camp weekend, mentors join Children’s Intensive Services staff on-site for the entire weekend and are responsible for campers assigned to them at all times. Mentors provide a positive, fun, supportive and energetic atmosphere for campers. They participate in sharing activities, eat meals and share a cabin with their assigned campers. Mentors also participate in group activities with youth and their families between camp sessions.

The Moyer Foundation is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction. Founded in 2000 by MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, The Moyer Foundation supports thousands of children and families each year through its free signature programs and services. Camp Erin® is the largest national bereavement program for children and teens grieving the death of someone significant in their lives. Camp Mariposa® is an addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by the substance use of a family member. The Moyer Foundation Resource Center extends the Foundation’s continuum of care by providing robust online resources and personalized support for families experiencing grief or addiction.

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