The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Mariposa Program
Today the Addiction Policy Forum recognized Camp Mariposa, a program of The Moyer Foundation, for its innovative approach to serving children with family members struggling with addiction. The program is featured in the Focus on Innovation initiative, which highlights innovative programs across the country that contribute to a comprehensive strategy to address addiction.
What is this program?
Camp Mariposa is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program specifically designed for youth who have been impacted by substance use disorder in their families, with primary goals to delay onset of first use and provide youth with coping skills that will lessen the likelihood of developing long-term issues.
How does this program work?
All participants complete an application and are interviewed to ensure they will benefit from the Camp Mariposa program. Youth and families make a one-year commitment to attend the program’s weekend sessions as well as social activities.
How is this program innovative?
Children impacted by substance use disorder are at a greater risk to suffer from depression, anxiety, health and learning challenges, and develop a substance use disorder of their own. Annually, Camp Mariposa offers over 72 weekend camps at 12 locations around the country for children ages 9 to 12 and their families. At these sessions, campers engage in a combination of traditional, fun camp activities with education and support exercises led by mental health professionals and trained mentors.
How can I learn more about this program?
The full Focus on Innovation piece is available here, and you can visit The Moyer Foundation’s website here.
Focus on Innovation initiative: a series to highlight innovative programs across the country that contribute to a comprehensive strategy to address addiction.
If you or your organization is interested in nominating a program, please complete the nomination form here.