Everyone knows that our campers are an extraordinary group of brave children, but not everyone knows that our volunteer counselors are extraordinary, too!

Each has their own motivation for volunteering but every one is a caring, dedicated, responsible and fun-loving individual. They give up a week of vacation time, a week of salary, a week with their own families to live in a cabin, eat camp food, dress in silly costumes and return home incredibly tired. It is quite possibly the best week in their year!

The Camp Rising Sun and Sib Side volunteer experiences are as much a gift to our staff as it is to our campers. They truly become part of the “Camp Rising Sun Family.”

If you have these special qualities and want to share in the fun, please click here for an application. Camp Week 2024 will run from Saturday, August 17 through Friday, August 23.

There are plenty of staff on hand at all times. The overall ratio of campers to staff is two to one. Cabin staff eat, sleep, and participate in activities with the campers. Other staff positions are administrative and include directors, medical staff, program directors and specialized staff.

Camp Rising Sun staff members must be at least 18 years of age and will undergo a background check and a health screening (download medical form) prior to being accepted as a volunteer.  All staff members are also screened by the camp directors.

All Camp Rising Sun volunteers are also given extensive training to prepare them for working with our campers.  This training is aligned with American Camp Association guidelines, and Camp Rising Sun is an officially accredited ACA camp.

Camp Rising Sun’s complete health center is staffed 24-hours a day by a doctor and nursing staff. Children who need chemotherapy or blood tests can get treatment right on campus.

Each child is evaluated daily and monitored to make sure he or she takes any prescribed medicine as necessary.

The medical staff take an active part in the camp. You’ll find them dressed in blue jeans and bright shirts, joining in games and skits, comforting a child, having a quiet conversation with a camper or urging campers to challenge themselves in a new activity.

And as always…please contact us at with any questions. We’re happy to hear from you!