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About Camp Rising Sun

Welcome to Camp Rising Sun!

Camp Rising Sun in a Nutshell

Camp Rising Sun welcomes any child aged 5-17 who has faced a diagnosis of cancer to a week of fun and friendship.  Campers can be in treatment, in remission, or anywhere in between.  Camp is held in the beautiful hills of Colebrook, Connecticut at the facilities of Camp Jewell, a YMCA campground.  Campers stay in heated cabins with other children in their age group along with a dedicated staff.  Thanks to our generous supporters there is no cost to attend camp.

Our StaffIMG_9896-001

Camp Rising Sun’s staff members come from a variety of backgrounds in “the real world”, but all share a passion for helping to make Camp Week the best week of the year for our campers.  Cabin counselors, activities leaders, directors, even the medical staff all volunteer their time, talents, and energy to make Camp Rising Sun the special place that our campers can come back home to year after year.

Our Supporters

Camp Rising Sun is 100% donation-driven and we are thankful to all of our donors and supporters.  Every donation, large or small, helps to keep Camp going and ensure that it remains cost-free for our campers.  Please consider joining our legion of dedicated supporters!

Our Board of Directors

  • Michael Donahue
  • Jill Eder
  • Shaun Heffernan
  • Jeff Holt
  • Irvin Jennings, M.D.
  • Bob Kaufman
  • Joseph McNamara M.D.
  • Tina Saunders

Advisory Board:

  • Jason Atkins, Assistant Director, IT
  • Fred Samoskevich, Assistant Director, Camper & Staff Recruitment
  • Barbara Samsel, RN – Head Nurse
  • Pat Gardiner, Arts Director
  • Sue Hotchkiss, Program Director
  • Amanda Altieri
  • Filipe Araujo
  • Johnny Boanno
  • Cindy Brenner
  • Scott Capozza
  • Jen Edwards
  • Jon Edwards
  • Ben Gardiner
  • Lynn Kelly
  • Gaby LeMarier
  • Katie Link
  • Melissa Pandolfi
  • Amy Rawden
  • Bill Turley