When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the days of playing ball and going swimming are often replaced with clinic visits and hospital admissions. Yet at Camp Sunshine’s Summer Camp, a camper can receive chemotherapy in the morning and be horseback riding by the afternoon. Here children with cancer are able to experience summer camp just like other kids. Two one-week sessions are held; a session for children ages 7 – 12, and a session for teens 13 – 18. Each week is packed full of fun, excitement, inspiration and age appropriate activities.
After attending Camp Sunshine, campers bring home more than just dirty laundry
They bring home unforgettable memories and long lasting friendships. They bring home tales of tasks accomplished that before were thought of as unattainable. They come home feeling more confident in themselves and more secure with their illness. It is amazing how one week at Camp Sunshine can truly make a difference in their lives.
2017 Summer Camp Dates
Summer Camp Application Process
Summer Camp is available to campers ages 7 - 18. The application process opens early in the year, normally in January. Applications for campers are accepted on a first come, first served basis with precedent given to new campers or those currently on therapy. Online registration is available once the process is open and the due date is usually in May. If you have questions about Summer Camp, please contact our Camp Director Deanna Warren at 404-325-7979.
Location and Activities
Camp Sunshine takes place at Camp Twin Lakes-Rutledge, located approximately fifty miles east of Atlanta. Camp Twin Lakes opened its doors to special needs children in 1993, and provides a totally accessible facility - a modern camp with air-conditioned cabins, nestled in the country.
We offer many of the same activities found at traditional summer camps:
Swimming, archery, horseback riding, tennis, pottery, ropes course, zip line, climbing wall, arts & crafts, fishing, biking, canoeing, boating and more!
Volunteers and Medical Staff
Over two hundred dedicated volunteers attend camp every summer to make each camper's experience memorable. With a ratio of one counselor to every two campers, there is never lack of supervision. Camp Sunshine also provides an experienced medical staff consisting of doctors and nurses who specialize in the care of children with cancer. The 24-hour on-site medical facility is equipped to provide any specialized treatment or necessary medical attention.
A Typical Day at Camp
Prior to Camp
- Attend orientation for first time campers at Camp Sunshine House Family Night
- Have a positive family attitude
- Give gentle encouragement that missing home is "ok"
- Avoid phrases such as "If you stay until Wednesday then we will come and pick you up" or "You can call me everyday".
- Discuss expected camp activities
- When writing letters to your child, avoid phrases such as "we miss you," "wish you were here" or detailed accounts of what siblings and the family are doing
- Ask about camp activities, counselors, special programs, etc.
- Set a positive and encouraging tone in your letter.
- Express your confidence in his/her ability to be away from home and that the counselors are there to assist them if they should need anything.