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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.

Camp Mariposa® is a free, weekend overnight camp program that supports children between the ages of nine and 12 who are impacted by substance abuse in their families. For many of our campers, one or both parents struggles with a substance use disorder. Camp Mariposa gives these children the knowledge, tools, and coping skills to prevent them from developing an addiction of their own and to help break the intergenerational cycle of addiction. The Moyer Foundation partners with accredited mental health and youth-serving organizations to facilitate Camp Mariposa in communities across the country. Camps are held every other month and children are encouraged to attend multiple times.

Campers participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, camp fires, and arts and crafts combined with therapeutic sessions designed to teach children a variety of problem-solving and self-care strategies. Small group discussions and activities give children a chance to create relationships with fellow campers who can understand what they are going through. Finally, structured educational components teach children about the physical and mental effects of drugs and alcohol, as well as their own predisposition to addiction.


The impact of addiction on kids and family members is a significant but little discussed issue.

  • There are approximately 20 million Americans who are living with an addiction and 80 million family members who are impacted by addiction in someone they love. (Shatterproof)
  • According to the federal government, 8.3 million children in the U.S. live in a home with a parent in need of treatement for alcohol and/or drug dependency. (SAMHSA)
  • Children living with an addicted family member are four times more likely than their peers to become drug or alcohol dependent themselves. Many of these children struggle in school, develop physical and emotional issues, witness or are the target of family violence or sexual abuse. (SAMHSA)


  • Reduces feelings of isolation and guilt
  • Connects campers with other kids facing similar situations
  • Educates campers that addiction is a disease and that it is not their fault
  • Builds confidence
  • Teaches critical life skills to help manage feelings and practice self-care
  • Offers positive choices in life
  • Gives kids a place to have fun


  •  "Camp makes me feel good. When I am here, I feel listened to, accepted, and respected." - Girl, age 12
  • "What I liked about this camp was the rock climbing, the camp fire, and going to the bat cave. I even found out one of strengths, not giving up! I really enjoyed Camp Mariposa." - Boy, age 11
  • "The other kids here are wonderful. I feel they are like my family - my brothers and sisters. I love them." - Girl, age 10
  • "Camp is my second home. My dad died of his alcohol addiction and I was very upset. At camp, I learned how to deal with it and now know that there are other people out there to help me." - Boy, age 12 


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 August 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:
August 28-30, 2015
October 23-25, 2015
November 20-22, 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 941-600-6104 or 

Camp Location:
Day Spring Conference Center - Parrish, FL

Camp Dates:
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:
The Oaks at SouthPaw Farm - Mishawaka, IN

Camp Dates
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 Hollywoodland - Los Angeles, CA (for February camp)
Camp Round Meadow - Angeles Oaks, CA (for May and August camp)
Camp Oakes - Big Bear, CA (for September camp)

Camp Dates
August 21-23, 2015
September 18-20. 2015

Camp Mariposa - New Orleans
In partnership with Youth Empowerment Project
For more information on Camp Mariposa New Orleans, to register or get involved, please contact Kathleen Whelan at 504-914-6159 or

Camp Location:
Camp Whispering Pines

Camp Dates:
September 11-13, 2015
November 13-15, 2015
January 8-10, 2016
March 11-13, 2016
May 20-22, 2016

Camp Mariposa - Pennsylvania 
In partnership with Penn Foundation
For more information on Camp Mariposa Pennsylvania, to register or get involved, please contact: Candis Ubiles at 267-404-5007 or

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

Camp Dates:

August 14-16, 2015
October 9-11, 2015
December 11-13, 2015

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:
August 14-16, 2015
October 23-25, 2015
December 4-6, 2015
February 5-7, 2016
April 15-17, 2016
June 3-5, 2016

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 Killoqua - Everett, WA

Camp Dates:

September 11-13, 2015
November 20-22, 2015
January 20-22, 2016
March 11-13, 2016
April 22-24, 2016
June 10-12, 2016


Check out the Camp Mariposa E- Reporter!  The Camp Mariposa E-Reporter is a special newsletter for Camp Mariposa campers filled with activities, resources, and fun things from camp.  To sign up to receive the newsletter, email us.  


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 
  2015 Camp Mariposa Schedule