Who We Are
Sunrise Day Camp-Greater Philadelphia brings the simple pleasures of childhood back to children struggling with cancer, changing months of loneliness and isolation into summers filled with sunshine, laughter and happiness. And because Sunrise is a day camp, it does all this while allowing the children to continue their medical treatment and enjoy the comfort and safety of their own homes at night.
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 activities, all offered free of charge.
What We Do For Kids with Cancer and Their Siblings
Sunrise Day Camp-Greater Philadelphia is a full-summer day camp for children with cancer and their siblings, provided completely free of charge. Sunrise accepts campers who are between 3½ and 16 years old, who are on active treatment for cancer or have been treated within the past 5 years, and the sibling(s) of a child who meets this criteria. Unlike most oncology sleep-away camps that are offered for 1-2 weeks each summer, Sunrise Day Camp allows children to attend camp as often as they like.
For questions or more information, please contact Randi.
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“The best thing about camp this summer was the abundance of joy and anticipation that all of my children experienced every camp day!"
Questions and Answers
Registration is open year-round and continues throughout the summer. So, that means it is never too late to register your child for a summer of fun! We also offer year-round programs, so if it’s after the camp season, contact us to enroll for these.
To register your child, click the “Enroll Today” button in the middle of this page.
Feel free to contact Randi at email@example.com for help or additional information.
Sunrise Sundays – Our kids love camp so much that we just had to extend the fun beyond the summer. During the school year, our camp hosts Sunrise Sundays — special activity days for our campers — along with many of the same staff who helped to make their summers so wonderful. Our year-round program makes it possible for our campers to see their friends throughout the year while enjoying summer fun all year long. These camp-like activity days include sports, crafts, as well as special shows & programs. Some of these days are family events, where parents and children enjoy the fun-filled festivities together. Free transportation is available if needed. As with all our programs, these are offered to our families at no charge.
Sunshine from Sunrise – Whenever we become aware that one of our campers is hospitalized, parents can request a “Sunshine Visit”, from camp counselors or year-round camp staff, who will visit with a few special surprises and a cheery smile. They will sit at bedside and play, share stories of camp days, and even give mom or dad a drop of respite so she or he can go home for a few hours, change clothes and maybe have a hot meal. The continuity from camp to bedside helps our campers feel connected to their counselors, friends and fun, lessening the sense of isolation and fear that a hospital admission can bring.
Sunshine from Sunrise is just that – a burst of cheerfulness during the darkest times, bringing sighs of relief to parents and smiles to their children.
When a child has cancer, it affects the entire family. Siblings, too, may face tremendous challenges socially and recreationally as the family’s focus understandably turns to their brother’s or sister’s medical needs. But at Sunrise, siblings can play and interact as other brothers and sisters do; they are free to be with friends in a very normal, fun way while escaping the constant worry often found in a home with a chronically ill child.
At Sunrise, siblings learn to better understand and deal with their brother’s or sister’s illness and their own feelings. Siblings are welcome to attend whether or not the child with cancer is able to be a camper.
Children bring their own favorite lunches from home, so they never have to wonder what’s on the menu today (of course, we’ll refrigerate it). We provide snacks and water throughout the day whenever needed.
Allergy Aware: We strive to be a nut free environment. Because a large number of our campers have nut allergies, we request that any food sent to camp be nut free.
Need something special? No problem; just let us know and we’ll get it. Note that all food served by the camp is kosher.