Dorothy Jordan, a pediatric nurse, founded Camp Sunshine in 1982. It began as a summer camp for children with cancer and held its first camp in 1983 with 44 children. Camp Sunshine began to expand to other programs when the first Family Camp Weekend was held in 1987. Today, over 375 campers and 200 volunteers participate in one of two weeks or summer camp.
While summer camp is the largest program Camp Sunshine provides, it is only one of many. Throughout the year, children with cancer and their families benefit from Camp Sunshine through a variety of recreational programs, including family camp weekends, pre-school programs, teen retreats and activities, young adult programs and sibling camp as well as educational and support programs.
In 2003, Camp Sunshine House was opened. This unique non-residential facility is dedicated to the needs of children with cancer and their families. On a weekly basis, children and families attend innovative and much needed support and educational programs at Camp Sunshine. They provide opportunities for family members to share with each other and gain support and knowledge from others who have experienced similar challenges. Programs at Camp Sunshine House also provide educational opportunities with pediatric oncology professionals.
In 2006, Camp Sunshine began expanding throughout the state of Georgia to reach even more families by offering regional activities and programs.