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“Thank you Karen and Jamie. For these children, the possibilities are still so limited. You are offering a wonderful gift. Don't ever underestimate the role even a brief camp experience could play in their lives. These kids are waiting to know they are not alone, that someone knows, that there are people whom they can trust.... that recognize they are still children with all the beauty children hold. The likelihood of their internalizing that is so much greater in an age appropriate experience. I have seen those miracles. So thank you.”

– Claudia Black,
M.S.W., Ph.D.

Did you know? At least 11% or 8.3 million children in the U.S. live in a home with a parent in need of treatment for alcohol and/or drug dependency.

These children are at greater risk than their peers to suffer from problems such as depression and anxiety, physical health challenges and learning problems; three times more likely to be abused, four times more likely to be neglected, and face four times the risk of developing substance abuse issues.* Knowing that 95% of adult addicts start to use drugs before the age of 20, Camp Mariposa strives to intervene before a problem develops.

“I was shocked to learn that programs for children in this situation simply did not exist, and that’s when I knew The Moyer Foundation could help. Thanks to the leadership and guidance of our partners, and the support of our community, Camp Mariposa will continue to grow and expand like Camp Erin, giving more children hope and the opportunity to break the cycle of addiction for generations to come.”
– Karen Moyer, Chairman of The Moyer Foundation


Created and funded by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Mariposa is a first-of-its-kind program designed to help meet the needs of children and teens facing the difficult challenges associated with an addicted or co-dependent family member.

Camp Mariposa is a traditional, fun, multi-day camp providing counseling and emotional support, while teaching participants a variety of problem-solving and self-care strategies. The camp gives children a chance to laugh, play, explore and learn, as well as to create friendships with other children who relate to them and understand what they are going through.

Camp Mariposa seeks to increase campers' understanding of drug and alcohol abuse and their impact on the family; raise campers' awareness of resources available to help them; reduce their sense of isolation and fear; and help them avoid repeating generational patterns.

The idea and model of Camp Mariposa was developed in 2007 by The Moyer Foundation’s Chairman Karen Moyer and nationally-recognized expert in addiction, Claudia Black.  Youth Eastside Services (YES), an organization dedicated to serving multiple issues facing at-risk youth, designed the curriculum and became the first Camp Mariposa partner in late 2007 serving children in the Seattle and surrounding community. 


The Moyer Foundation is pleased to continue its national expansion with seven camp locations across the United States. An eighth Camp Mariposa location will open in New Orleans in 2015. With the support of a giving community, Camp Mariposa is free to all children who apply.
Camp Mariposa - DC
In partnership with National Center for Children and Families
For more information on Camp Mariposa Washington DC, to register or get involved, please contact: Krystal McKinney at 301-365-4480 x112 or

Camp Location:
Camp Wabana - Edgewater, MD

Camp Dates:
January 9-11, 2015
March 13-15, 2015
May 1-3, 2015 
August 28-30, 2015

Camp Mariposa - Florida
In partnership with Jewish Family & Children's Service of Sarasota-Manatee
For more information on Camp Mariposa Florida, to register or get involved, please contact: Jeanette Altman at 941-364-7509 or 

Camp Location:
Day Spring Conference Center - Parrish, FL

Camp Dates:
December 5-7, 2014
February 6-8, 2015 
April 17-19, 2015
June 12-14, 2015 
August 7-9, 2015
October 23-25, 2015
Camp Mariposa - Indiana
In partnership with Oaklawn Psychiatric Center
For more information on Camp Mariposa Indiana, to register or get involved, please contact: Michelle Olson at 574-533-1234 or

Camp Location:
Camp Friedensweld - Cassopolis, MI

Camp Dates
February 6-8, 2015  
April 17-19, 2015
June 5-7, 2015
August 7-9, 2015
October 2-4, 2015
December 4-6,2015

Camp Mariposa - Los Angeles
In partnership with Shields For Families
For more information on Camp Mariposa Los Angeles, to register or get involved, please contact: Danielle Lowe at 323-242-5000 x 4133 or

Camp Location:
Camp Oakes - Big Bear, CA (for May and June camps)
Camp Round Meadow - Angelus Oaks, CA (for August and September camps)
Camp Bloomfield - Malibu, CA (for October camp)

Camp Dates
April 4-6, 2014
May 2-4, 2014
June 6-8, 2014
August 13-15, 2014
September 12-14, 2014
October 10-12, 2014

Camp Mariposa - Pennsylvania 
In partnership with Penn Foundation
For more information on Camp Mariposa Pennsylvania, to register or get involved, please contact: Rachel Baker at 267-404-5848 or

Camp Location:
Camp Men-O-Lan - Quakertown, PA

Camp Dates:

April 11-13, 2014
May 30 - June 1, 2014
August 22-24, 2014
October 3-5, 2014
December 12-14, 2014

Camp Mariposa - San Diego
In partnership with San Diego Youth Services
For more information on Camp Mariposa San Diego, to register or get involved, please contact: Lucy Jasso at 619-258-6877 x 3215 or

Camp Location:
Pine Valley Bible Conference Center - Pine Valley, CA

Camp Dates:
March 14-16, 2014
May 16-18, 2014
August 22-24, 2014
October 17-19, 2014
December 5-7, 2014

Camp Mariposa - Washington 
In partnership with Compass Health
For more information on Camp Mariposa Washington, to register or get involved, please contact: Megan Boyle at 425-349-8153 or

Camp Location:
Camp Warm Beach - Stanwood, WA (for September camp)
Camp Killoqua - Everett, WA

Camp Dates:
September 26-28, 2014
November 21-23, 2014
January 23-25, 2015 
March 20-22, 2015
May 15-17, 2015
July 10-12, 2015

For more information on Camp Mariposa, a location near you or to get involved, please contact Brian Maus, Camp Mariposa Program Manager at

  Camp Mariposa Brochure

* According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.