What is Camp Keaton? (formerly Camp Erin Hamilton)


Since 2013, we have been offering a children' bereavement camp because we know that children grieve differently and often through play. We first partnered with the Moyer Foundation and their Camp Erin. The camp was named in memory of Erin Metcalf, a remarkable young woman who died of cancer at the age of 17 who often expressed concern for how children would cope after the death of a loved one.


A special thank you to our videographers, Aron Safranyos and Chris Smith, for production of the Camp Erin Hamilton 2017 video.
Music Credit: Going Higher - Bensound (Royalty Free Music)
Days Are Long - Silent Partner YouTube Audio Library
[No Copyright Music] Energy - Bensound

Camp Keaton

In 2019, we are excited to rename our camp after a local young boy who inspired others like Erin. Camp Keaton is named after Keaton Millar. Keaton Millar was a vivacious and spunky 4 year old when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2007. He went through 3 years of radiation and chemotherapy in Hamilton, Ontario. Seven year old Keaton lost his courageous battle on December 4, 2010 leaving behind his family, many young friends and his 3 year old sister Ella. He loved to laugh and live life to the fullest taking every opportunity to stop and smell the flowers. He touched many lives during his short time here in this realm. Keaton's nickname was "Key" and thus we have incorporated the symbol of the key into the new camp logo. For Camp Keaton the symbolism of an old key represents the safe passage from one realm to the next.

Camp Keaton (formerly Camp Erin Hamilton) is a bereavement camp for children and youth ages 7-17 grieving a significant death. Camp Keaton provides a traditional, fun and high-energy camp experience, combined with grief education and emotional support. The camp is staffed by bereavement counsellors and community volunteers professionally trained by child bereavement experts.

You MUST Download the PDF form and save it on your computer before filling in the information, open the saved document, complete and save.  Email the completed application as an attachment directly to Karen Nowicki, Camp Keaton Administrator, knowicki@kemphospice.org by March 25, 2019.

Thank you for your interest in Camp Keaton Hamilton.  We are no longer accepting volunteer and camper applications.  All spots have been filled for 2019.

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