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Established by the American Cancer Society in 1987, Camp Sunrise started with only seven campers. Today, Camp Sunrise is maintained and sponsored by Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center's Division of Pediatric Oncology over 100 patient campers. Camp Sunrise is a week-long, overnight summer camp held in early August in Maryland, for children who have been diagnosed with or have survived cancer. Campers are given the opportunity to establish strong peer relationships with the other children they can relate to that are going through the same experiences and feelings as they are with their cancer treatment. At Camp Sunrise, campers also gain independence from the regimen of cancer treatment, and enhance their self-confidence by trying new activities offered while attending the camp.
Camp Sunrise 2016
This year's Camp Sunrise, "Celebrate 30 years Olympic Style," will be held July 30 through August 6.
Each child who attends Camp Sunrise battles their own medical and personal obstacles. Camp Sunrise allows these children to be themselves and support each other through a therapeutic camping environment.
We would love to have you join our Camp Sunrise Family as a counselor, activity staff or day volunteer!
Camp Sunrise 2015 Highlights
- Watch ABC2 News feature on a week at Camp Sunrise.
COCA-I Gold Ribbon Camp
Camp Sunrise is a member of COCA-1 (Children's Oncology Camping Association, International), whose mission is to strengthen the international community of camps for children with cancer and their families through networking, advocacy, education and other resources. Of the 90 pediatric oncology camp members of COCA-I, Camp Sunrise is one of only 26 that have been awarded the Gold Ribbon Camp designation, an honor camps receive when a camp demonstrates a high level of commitment to serving children with cancer and their families.