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Camp Sunrise Campers

Camp Sunrise 2019: July 28 - August 3

CAMPERS

To apply for Camp Sunrise, please fill out the online application by July 7, 2019.  

Online Registration

Instructions for creating a profile on the application website.

For questions about Camp Sunrise or applying, contact Lauren Murphy, 410-707-9938 or campsunriseapplications@gmail.com or talk to your Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology child life specialist.

Campers often say “Camp Sunrise is the best week of the year.” That makes us smile because we believe kids should be kids — especially kids with cancer.

It's often a place where children reclaim a piece of themselves before cancer.

Campers

"Camp at Hopkins" takes place at Johns Hopkins during the week of Camp Sunrise for kids who are unable to come to the campsite due to their medical treatment. Camp Sunrise staff and child life work together to bring new and fun activities to the hospital each day. The highlight of Camp at Hopkins 2018 was all the delicious ice cream from SubZero Nitrogen Ice Cream!

Free of Charge

More than 120 campers attend Camp Sunrise each year and over 50 patients attended Camp at Hopkins. Through the support of all our volunteers and donors, Camp Sunrise is 100% cost-free to each of our campers — and a welcome respite for their families.

Camper Qualifications

Patients who are currently being treated or have completed treatment for oncological diagnoses or who have undergone a bone marrow transplant. Campers must be between the ages of 4-18; this includes a day camp for ages 4 and 5, a residential camp for ages 6 to 16, and a Leadership in Training Program for campers 17 and 18 years of age.

We Provide

  • 24-hour pediatric oncology medical care
  • A team of trained counselors and staff
  • Three balanced meals per day including healthy snacks and refreshments
  • Opportunities for campers to develop socialization and leadership skills
  • Small and large group activities
  • T-shirts, prizes, keepsakes, and other giveaways

Camp Activities

  • Swimming
  • Nature hikes
  • Sports and games
  • Arts & crafts
  • Archery
  • Cabin time
  • Rock wall
  • Drama/music
  • Pottery
  • Jewelry making
  • Newsletter
  • Face Painting
  • Rest period
  • Yoga
  • Karaoke
  • Campfire sing-a-longs
  • Camp dance
  • Polar bear swim
  • Talent show
  • Dive-in movie night
  • Rope courses
  • Group games
camp activities

Activities are divided up and rotated by cabin so that every camper has a chance to participate in the different activities offered. There is also a special "your day" where campers create their own schedule, choosing from various activities such as karaoke, sports and games, or arts and crafts. 



After dinner each night, a special evening activity takes place that involves everyone at camp. These special events include: a dive in movie, a film projected next to the pool so campers can swim while viewing a movie, a scavenger hunt, obstacle courses, karaoke night, and a dance party celebration complete with a DJ on the last night of camp to conclude a very special week.

Every year the entire camp gathers to celebrate the lives of the survivors and the departed in Celebration of Life. Staff and campers decorate ornaments in honor of or in memory of their friends and have a chance to share about their favorite camp memories and the friends they've made. They plant a tree together, and children and staff place their ornaments on the newly planted tree.

Leadership In Training Program

The Leadership in Training Program (LIT) is available for all 17 and 18 year olds who attend Camp, regardless if they have been a previous camper or not.  As a Leader in Training, you are required to be present for the entire week of Camp (including staff orientation on the Saturday before campers arrive) and attend at least 2 out of the 3 trainings offered during the summer. The LIT program also offers two tracks. The Counselor Track and the Logistics Track. The decision to place a LIT participant in one of the two tracks will ultimately be up to the LIT Program Directors and will take into account the LIT participant’s completed application, essay included with application, and interview conducted during the first training.

Annual Reunion

A year is a long time for our campers to be away from each other, so we host an annual winter reunion for the campers, siblings, and their families.