Camp Mariposa® Sarasota

Camp Mariposa at JFCS of the Suncoast
Endowed By The Rubin Family

A Place Where Kids Transform

Camp Mariposa® Sarasota is a year-round addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth affected by the substance use disorder of a family member. Youth ages 9-12 attend weekend camps up to six times a year. Weekend camps offer fun, traditional camp activities combined with education and support sessions led by mental health professionals and trained adult mentors. Additional social activities are offered for youth and their families throughout the year. Many Camp Mariposa® locations offer programs for teens ages 13-17. All program activities are offered free of charge to families. Camp Mariposa® Sarasota is part of Eluna’s national Camp Mariposa® program. 

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. 

For more information about Eluna, please visit

Camp Mariposa® allows youth to:®

Youth who attend Camp Mariposa® learn coping skills that build resiliency and ultimately break the cycle of addiction.

Social Support

95 %
of campers have made friends at
Camp Mariposa
94 %
of campers report that there are adults they trust at Camp Mariposa

Coping Skills

92 %
of campers can identify 2 ways to take care of themselves
92 %
of campers report that they learned things they can use at home

Positive Outlook

88 %
of campers believe they will graduate from high school
85 %
of campers believe they will accomplish their dreams

Camp Mariposa® strives to intervene early and break the cycle of addiction.

Camp Mariposa® helps Youth:

*CAMP MARIPOSA® is FREE to all youth approved through the Intake process.  

Youth must be 9 – 17 years old by the weekends of attendance

In the event that Covid-19 prohibits in-person camps Virtual Programming will occur 9:00 am – 12:30 pm on the Saturday of following weekends, both youth and teens welcomed.®

Youth Camp Dates – Ages 9 – 12

    • January 20-22, 2023
    • March 24-26, 2023
    • May 12-14, 2023
    • July 21 – 23, 2023
    • September 29-October 1, 2023

Teen Camp Dates – Ages 13 – 17

  • February 10-11, 2023
  • April 21-22, 2023  
  • August 20-21, 2022
  • August 18-19, 2023
  • October 20-21, 2023

Youth (*Chance for Teen Combined*)
November 10-13, 2023  


*Additional Activities to be announced throughout the year


Eluna partners with youth-focused and mental health organizations in local communities to help fund, develop and grow Camp Mariposa® nationwide. For more information, please visit

To enroll or receive more detailed information please contact:
Scott Ruggieri, Program Coordinator at 941-780-5929 or