Camp Mariposa® to Help Washington State Children Break Cycle of Family Addiction

Contact:  Pam Damron, Office of the President / CEO
c/o Tom Sebastian, President / CEO Compass Health
Josh Lohmer, MCo Public Relations / 303.995.8884

Camp Mariposa® to Help Washington State Children Break

Cycle of Family Addiction

New partnership between Compass Health and The Moyer Foundation is announced to support children impacted by addiction in families


Everett, Wash. – Compass Health is partnering with The Moyer Foundation to bring Camp Mariposa® to Washington State to support children ages 9-12 who are affected by a family member’s addiction.

The first 2014 session in partnership with Compass Health will be held September 26-28, 2014 at Warm Beach Camp with additional sessions to follow. Space is limited, and campers are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Megan Boyle at (425) 349-8153 or for application information.

Created in 2007 by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Mariposa is a first-of-its-kind program that offers fun, traditional camp activities such as hiking, swimming, and art and crafts combined with therapeutic and educational elements. Professionals and trained volunteers help children understand and express their feelings while teaching them about the lifelong impact of substance abuse.

The camp environment allows for self-esteem and confidence building while reducing the sense of isolation often felt by children impacted by addiction. Ultimately, Camp Mariposa is designed to give children the knowledge, tools and coping skills to stop the cycle of addiction in their families.

“Knowing that 95% of chemically dependent adults begin using drugs or alcohol before their 18th birthday, preventative programs like Camp Mariposa are critical to the work we do in our community,” said Tom Sebastian, Compass Health President/CEO. “Statistics show that without help, children living with an addicted family member are likely to follow suit, and the cycle of addiction claims a new generation.”

For more than 110 years, Compass Health has provided mental health services to children and adults suffering from mental illness. They are one of the largest mental health agencies in Western Washington serving over 18,000 people per year in their behavioral health programs. Camp Mariposa Washington will be available to children currently served through Compass Health programs as well as children in the community at large in need of the support Camp Mariposa provides.

Approximately 8.3 million children in the U.S. live in a home with at least one parent in need of treatment for alcohol and/or drug dependency. These kids are four times more likely to develop substance abuse issues of their own.

“We know how difficult it is to deal with a family member’s drug or alcohol addiction. No child should have to face that kind of struggle alone,” said Karen Moyer, Co-Founder and Vice President of The Moyer Foundation. “Camp Mariposa creates a safe and fun environment where campers learn that they didn’t cause and can’t cure the addiction that is impacting their lives. Despite dealing with very adult problems, campers get to feel like kids again. We’re proud to be partnering with Compass Health to help return hope to so many young lives that are otherwise at risk,” said Moyer.

Children with addiction in their families are often embarrassed, ashamed and scared to come forward and seek help. In addition to feeling isolated and alone, these children are also three times more likely to be abused, four times more likely to be neglected, and are at greater risk than their peers to suffer from depression, anxiety and difficulties with learning.

One of six locations nationwide, Camp Mariposa was established in Washington seven years ago. This is first year the program will be held in partnership with Compass Health. Since its inception in 2007, Camp Mariposa has provided free weekend sessions to more than 1,600 campers nationwide.

Compass Health is currently seeking volunteers for camp and donations to support the program. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Tom Kozaczynski, Associate Director of Development, at

More information on dates and camper registration is available at  and


About Compass Health

Compass Health’s mission is to champion the quest for well-being and advance behavioral health in Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Snohomish counties. For more than 110 years, Compass Health has been providing innovative mental health services to children and adults of all ages and cultural backgrounds.  As one of the largest and most well-respected mental health agencies in Western Washington, Compass offers a comprehensive range of programs, such as inpatient, outpatient, residential, crisis, triage, and chemical dependency treatment to more than 18,000 people annually.


About The Moyer Foundation

The Moyer Foundation is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide comfort, hope and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction. Founded in 2000 by World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, The Foundation created and supports two signature programs. Camp Erin® is the nation’s largest network of free bereavement camps for grieving children and teens ages 6 – 17. Camp Mariposa® is a free, first-of-its-kind program for children ages 9-12 impacted by a family member’s addiction. For more information on The Moyer Foundation and its programs, please visit