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Camp Mariposa

Youth ages 9 to 12 who have been impacted by a family member's substance use are invited to attend Camp Mariposa Eastern West Virginia.

 

"Camp Mariposa is an excellent opportunity for participants to develop trusting relationships with adult mentors and with friends who have faced similar situations," said Camp Director Kait McKay. "The camp is free to all participants. The Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle provides transportation, meals, bed linens, and even hygiene items."

The camp is a year-round addiction prevention and mentoring program that combines traditional camp activities with education and support sessions led by mental health professionals. The Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle holds Camp Mariposa on weekends once a month with participants spending Friday and Saturday nights at camp. The program model was developed by the Eluna Network, a nonprofit organization that supports children and families impacted by grief and addiction. The camp is funded by the Department of Justice.

 

"This is not only an excellent opportunity to help young people affected by the opioid epidemic, but to also working on preventing a future generation from becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol," said McKay. "We want to ensure that every child who would benefit from Camp Mariposa has the opportunity to participate."

 

To learn more about the program or how to register a child, contact Kait McKay at (304) 279-3186 or kmcay@bgcepwv.org.

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