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Mini-Camp Weekend FAQs

Here are some of the most common questions we get about Camp Rising Sun’s Mini-Camp Weekend…

Do you offer transportation to Mini-Camp?

Yes, we offer bus transportation from the Milford, Connecticut area, as well as southeast Connecticut and RI/MA. Please call (203) 481-7277 for more details.


Should I send snacks with my camper?

We ask that you do not send snacks to camp. We try to limit food in the cabins to help with cleanliness and deter critters. We provide snacks at various times and dessert each evening. Overindulging in snacks and sweets often leads to bellyaches in the cabin.


What if my camper’s medications have changed since I completed their camp application?

Any changes to your camper’s medical information or medications can be faxed to (203) 654-7886, and we will update your CampDoc registration. It is very important to do this before coming to camp to allow our medical staff to review it and address any questions.


What type of medical staff is at camp?

Your camper is actually closer to medical care at camp than at home. Whenever camp is in session, there is a pediatric oncologist on-site as well as at least six registered nurses running The Doc Joe Camp Rising Sun Band-Aid Barn.


What’s the weather like during Mini-Camp Weekend?

Mini-Camp is held at the beginning of April each year. Since the northwest corner of the state can be a bit chillier, we could experience anything from seasonable spring-like weather to snow. Therefore, we often finalize our packing list after the weather report comes out.


Will my child be in the same cabin during the summer and Mini-Camp Weekend?

We create our cabin rosters with both fun and safety in mind. Due to lower enrollment during Mini-Camp, we often have fewer cabins. However, if your child makes a new friend during Mini-Camp, there will be plenty of all-camp activity opportunities to hang out with their new friend, even if they are not in the same cabin during the summer.


What type of activities do you do during Mini-Camp?

The activities at Mini-Camp depend on the weather. The program staff creates schedules for both good and inclement weather. The good weather schedule includes outdoor activities such as sports and Gaga ball. The inclement weather schedule takes us indoors to the gymnasium of Centennial Lodge and other buildings throughout the complex for activities like arts and crafts, tasty treats, karaoke, and a variety of other activities. Most of the time, it is a combination of the two.


Should my child bring their phone?

Camp is a great opportunity to unplug, so we do not allow campers to have their phones at camp. The signal is actually horrible up there anyway. Should you need to contact your camper during the weekend, you can call or text us at (203) 481-7277. Remember, we don’t even have a great signal while we’re there. However, if it’s an emergency, you should call Camp Jewell at (860) 379-2782.

CAMP is generously sponsored by:

  • Connecticut Childrens
  • Saint John Bosco Parish
  • Premier Subaru Branford
  • New Haven Catholic
  • East Haven Rotary Club
  • Yale New Haven
  • Westcott and Mapes Inc
  • Hartford HealthCare
  • Focus CT
  • Lions International