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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.
This year's Camp Sunrise, "Movie Mania," is being held August 2 through August 8 for campers. For the staff, the camp will run August 1-8. This week-long overnight summer camp is cost free to each child who attends. Normal camping activities such as rock climbing, karaoke, swimming and archery give cancer patients and survivors the chance to participate in normal summer activities in a judgment free and understanding environment.
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!