Kids enjoy traditional camp fun, learn healthy coping skills and build support

Program overview:

Youth ages 9-17 attend weekend camps up to six times a year. Camps offer fun, traditional camp activities combined with education and support sessions led by mental health professionals and trained adult mentors. Additional social activities are offered for youth and their families throughout the year. All program activities are free to families. Camp Mariposa South Bend is part of Eluna’s national Camp Mariposa network. For more information on Eluna, visit

Camp Mariposa:

  • Reduces feelings of isolation and guilt
  • Provides a safe place for youth
  • Fosters peer bonding
  • Educates campers about the disease of addiction
  • Teaches positive life skills

Camp Mariposa-Oaklawn Logo

Camp Mariposa-Oaklawn Logo

Camp Mariposa - Group Activity

Camp Mariposa - Group Activity

Letter to addiction

See how Camp Mariposa makes a difference!



The seven C’s and groups were the most healing aspects of camp.



Camp Mariposa helped Ivy realize her mom’s addiction wasn’t her fault.

Joey D.

Joey D.

After camp, the blame Joey placed on himself began to dissipate.

How you can get involved: 

Become a mentor
  • Make a one-year commitment to attend at least four camp weekends, as well as activities offered outside of camp
  • Create a positive, fun, supportive and trusting atmosphere for campers
  • Facilitate camper and cabin group bonding
  • Participate in and/or facilitate sharing activities
  • Eat all meals and share a cabin with assigned campers
  • Background check required

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, email and ask for an application.

Interest and referral form

If you are interested in applying to Camp Mariposa, complete this form or email

Upcoming Camp Dates

Camp Mariposa is held six times per year and begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and runs through 11:30 Sunday. Camp dates for the year are:

  • February 9-11, 2024
  • March 8-10, 2024
  • April 19-21, 2024
  • September 13-15, 2024
  • October 18-20, 2024
  • December 6-8, 2024

​Teen Camp is held six times per year and begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and runs through 7 p.m. Saturdays. Transportation is provided. Buses take campers from Oaklawn campuses to camp and back. Camp dates for the year are:

  • February 23-24, 2024
  • March 22-23, 2024
  • April 26-27, 2024
  • August 23-24, 2024
  • September 27-28, 2024
  • November 15-16, 2024
Donate to Camp Mariposa

Camp Mariposa is offered completely free to families thanks to Eluna and generous funds from the Oaklawn Foundation made possible by partners in our community. Support Camp Mariposa by making a donation to the Oaklawn Foundation here:

Learn about Eluna

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.

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More information

Have questions or need more information? Contact the Camp Mariposa Coordinator at 574-533-1234 or email

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