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Summer Camp Week

Filled with traditional camp activities from horseback riding to arts & crafts, special events like a talent show and fireworks, plus over-the-top surprises, it’s no wonder we call this “the BEST week of summer!”

2024 Camp Week: August 18 – 23

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A Typical Day at Camp it’s anything but typical!

  • 8:00 – 9:00 AM All Camp Breakfast

    Campers gather in the Dining Hall for a buffet-style breakfast. Typical fare includes pancakes and bacon or egg sandwiches. Cereal, juice, and milk are always available as well.

  • 9:15 – 12:15 PM Cabin Activities

    Campers and counselors partake in a variety of activities with their cabin mates. These could include traditional camp options like horseback riding, kayaking, or archery. Sometimes we’ll mix it up with some karaoke or video games, and arts and crafts with the Junkyard Dawgs is always fun, too. We often bring in outside activities as well — things like laser tag, Zumba, or visiting the camp spa!

    Each cabin’s set of activities is tailored for the campers’ age and gender, and every day is something new and different!

  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM All Camp Lunch

    After a busy morning, it’s time to head back to the Dining Hall to refuel. We’ll enjoy a variety of hot foods — soups, sandwiches, and chicken fingers are often on the menu. There are always vegetarian options and a scrumptious salad bar available, too!

  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM All Camp Rest Time

    After lunch, it’s back to the cabins for a little R&R. Some of us like to take naps (ahem, Shaun), while others like to read or play a quiet game with cabin mates.

  • 2:30 – 3:45 PM Water Front

    After we’re fed and rested, it’s time to hit the beach! Campers can choose from a variety of activities, including swimming in Triangle Lake, waterslide, taking a ride in a kayak or a canoe, playing beach volleyball, or enjoying whatever wackiness our Program Staff has come up with for the day (cardboard boat making, anyone?).

  • 4:00 – 5:15 PM All Camp Activity

    These are usually related to the Camp Week Theme for the year. For instance, during our TV-themed week, campers split up into teams for an all-camp Amazing Race — teams had to work together to conquer various tasks set up around camp. Activities like these give the older campers an opportunity to spend time with the younger ones as well.

  • 5:45 – 7:00 PM All Camp Dinner

    Time to eat again! Dinner is usually in the Dining Hall, but once a week we head to the beach for our annual beachfront cookout!

  • 7:15 – 9:15 PM All Camp Activity

    After dinner, there’s more fun to be had! Typical evening activities might include a talent show, a dance, or perhaps a movie or a magic show. Wednesday night is always our beach party night, complete with live music and an amazing fireworks show!

  • 9:30 – ??? PM Cabin Time

    The younger cabins are usually fast asleep by this point, but the older campers might hang out around campfires, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs. Senior Lodge campers can usually be found playing games, making crafts, or just enjoying each others’ company. We don’t want to stay up TOO late because tomorrow’s another fun — and busy — day!

Mini-Camp Weekend

Held each spring, this weekend is the perfect chance for new campers to get a taste of what camp is like, and for returning campers to reunite with old friends!

2024 Mini-Camp: April 6 & 7

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Our Camp Counselors

Camp’s counselors are an extraordinary group of caring, responsible, highly trained, and fun-loving volunteers.

1/3 of our counselors are former campers
2:1 ratio of campers to staff
80% of our volunteers return each year

Camp Medical Care

The health and safety of each camper is our #1 priority! Camp Rising Sun’s infirmary is staffed 24/7 by doctors and nurses who can supply hugs and band-aids, administer chemotherapy, and deliver advanced medical treatments as prescribed by each camper’s oncologist.

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  • Claire 13 year old camper

    My first year at Camp Rising Sun and I was really scared! But the minute I walked onto the campground I realized that I was in the right place. There are so many nice people and fun activities. I didn’t have to worry about being the kid with cancer, or people asking me about my scar – I felt like I was a normal kid.

  • Livi 3rd-year camper

    I don’t get treated like I had cancer… I get treated like a normal kid. I like to go to arts & crafts and swim in the lake and go back to the cabin and play with my friends who are so sweet and nice.

  • Lynette 8th-year camper

    I was so scared when I was going through treatment, but at camp I can relate to the other people here. We have fun in everything we do and the bonding that takes place. A camp friend knows you better than anybody because you have gone through the same thing. You may not have the same diagnosis as them, but you understand each other. When I graduate from camp I plan on coming back as a counselor so I can make an impact on the kids like the counselors made on me.

  • Alex 8th-year camper

    The minute I got to camp I was immediately over-joyed…I established a bunch of great friendships and bonds that have continued for the last eight years… for the first time since my diagnosis I found a place that I really fit in.

How to Apply

Camp is open to any child age 5-17 years old (as of August 18, 2024) who has had a diagnosis of cancer, whether they are in treatment or in remission. Siblings of campers are also eligible to attend.

Register for one or both camp sessions through CampDoc, our online registration site.

Returning users can log in with their email address to retrieve information from last year. New users will need to create an account.

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