JFCS Youth

About Camp Mariposa®Camp Mariposa

The Eluna Foundation and JFCS are pleased to announce upcoming sessions for Camp Mariposa. In its eighth year, this local program offers free counseling and support to youth, ages 9 – 17*, coping with the substance abuse of a loved one.

CAMP MARIPOSA helps youth…

  • Feel less isolated
  • Understand addiction
  • Stop blaming themselves
  • Connect to others
  • Avoid repeating generational patterns of substance abuse
  • Recognize attributes of a healthy relationship
  • Find available resources and support

Program Overview

  • Program is held at an overnight camping facility in Manatee County
  • Camp consists of traditional fun activities and therapeutic counseling
  • Counselors and camp staff are employees of JFCS, an accredited and licensed substance abuse and counseling agency serving residents of Sarasota and Manatee county
  • Transportation is provided to and from JFCS to camp location
  • All meals are included from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch
  • Weekend program begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. and ends on Sunday afternoon
  • Additional activities are offered to families on selected weekends

*CAMP MARIPOSA is FREE to all youth approved through the Intake process.
Youth must be 9 – 17 years old by the weekends of attendance

Download a Camper Application

Download a Mentor Application

Camp Dates for 2019

Youth Camp Dates – Ages 9 – 12

January 11-13, 2019
March 8-10, 2019
May 3-5, 2019
 June 21-23, 2019
September 6-8, 2019
November 8-10, 2019   

Teen Camp Dates – Ages 13 – 17

 January 25-26, 2019
April 12-13, 2019
July 26-27, 2019
October 11-12, 2019


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. For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org.

To enroll or receive more detailed information please contact Jeanette Altman, Program Coordinator at (941) 780 – 5929 or jaltman@jfcs-cares.org