Founded in 1987 by Lisa Tanzman & Elaine Mermelstein, principals of Creative Concepts Unlimited, ( CAMP ERUTAN is a 501(c)3 non profit tax exempt organization.


To enhance the lives of abused and neglected children by exposing them to nature and whenever possible, to reunite siblings who have been split up in the foster care system.




  • Since 1987, we have been giving abused and neglected children in foster care a chance to be a kid. Whenever possible we reunite siblings who have been split up in the foster care system and give them a week to be together. While at CAMP ERUTAN children are introduced to nature and provided with an opportunity to strengthen bonds with the benefits of therapeutic play, education and the philosophy of CAMP ERUTAN: AWARENESS, BALANCE AND CHOICE
  • To establish ERUTAN Communities (EC) as a meaningful and sustainable long-term alternative to foster care. EC is envisioned as a residential, educational community dedicated to reuniting families separated by the foster care system while creating a supportive domestic and educational setting that measurably improves life outcomes for these young people. more info
  • To establish ERUTAN Parent Centers to provide rehabilitative services to parents who have been abused and neglected as children in order to help establish healthier bonds and families and break the cycle of abuse and neglect. more info
  • To provide resources that can be used by children in foster care and those transitioning out of foster care as they establish independent lives of their own.
  • To educate and inspire foster youth and former foster children to the possibilities available to them.