Our History

Our history

Our Mission

Sunrise Day Camp-Greater Philadelphia is a proud member of the Sunrise Association, whose mission is to bring back the joys of childhood to children with cancer and their siblings worldwide. Sunrise accomplishes this through the creation and oversight of welcoming, inclusive summer day camps, year-round programs and in-hospital recreational programs, all offered free of charge.

The Dream Becomes Reality

Sunrise Association Day Camps began as a “dream” of Arnie Preminger, President & CEO of the Sunrise Association.  After attending a benefit concert for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (a sleep-away camp for children with life-threatening illnesses), the dreaming began.  Having built and operated summer day camps for more than 30 years at the Friedberg JCC, Arnie researched the existence of summer-long day camps for children with cancer, but to his surprise, found none.

Opened in 2006

Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island opened its doors in 2006 as the world’s first full-summer day camp for children with cancer and their siblings. 

But Sunrise is more than just a camp. It’s a place that allows children with cancer and their siblings to be just kids. It is a creative, safe, healthy, supportive and fun-filled community where peers who have a similar and shared experience are supervised by a dedicated and trained staff who are keenly aware of their unique needs. And our year- round and in-hospital programs ensure that our kids are cared for all throughout the year, and while they are being treated in-hospital.

Our Camps

Aurora Day Camp
Atlanta, GA

Horizon Day Camp
Baltimore, MD

Sunrise Day Camp
Long Island, NY

Sunrise Day Camp
Pearl River, NY

Sunrise Day Camp
Greater Philadelphia

Sunrise Day Camp
Staten Island, NY

Sunrise Israel‒Katz
Be’er Sheva, Israel

Sunrise Israel‒Katz
Beit Yehoshuah, Israel

Sunrise Israel‒Katz
Ramat Yochanan, Israel