Camp Sunrise, in operation since 1986, is a camp for children who have been diagnosed with cancer. It is a special place where kids with cancer can simply smile, laugh and play; a place where they are not treated as "different" or "sick," a place where 4 to 18 year olds can just be happy, fun-loving kids again.
Camp Sunrise is held for one week each August at Camp Glyndon, in Glyndon, Maryland (near Baltimore). The camp offers two programs - both free of charge. The day camp is designed for children 4-5 years of age and the residential camp is for children 6-18 years of age.
The Day Camp offers younger children a chance to familiarize themselves with the camping experience, without having to spend the night away from their family. As "Day Campers" they participate in select activities with the older campers, as appropriate.
The Residential Camp offers older kids a traditional one-week, overnight camping experience. Activities include swimming, tennis, clowning, dancing, arts and crafts, sports, nature hikes, and much more.
These experiences are an important source of strength and support for all children. Campers walk away with team building skills, self confidence, friendships, and memories.
It is also an opportunity for families to get a much needed rest, knowing that their children are getting the best of care.
Camp for Brothers and Sisters
Sun Sibs is a program that recognizes that siblings, of children with cancer, have special needs too. To address these needs, a sibling camping weekend was developed in 1996. The Sun Sibs program meets one weekend a year, separate from the dates of Camp Sunrise.
Young Adult Program
This program, created in 1997, is designed specifically to meet the needs of current and former cancer patients 18-25 years of age. The goal of this program is to bring young adults together to share experiences and to gain support systems. The Young Adult Program meets one weekend a year, separate from the dates of Camp Sunrise.
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