Young adults face a unique set of concerns as they begin to develop life skills ... choose a career ... gain independence ... develop relationships with peers and family. These are difficult challenges under normal circumstances, but when they are complicated by cancer it can be overwhelming and incredibly lonely. Camp Sunshine has begun a program especially for young people ages 18-23 that have been diagnosed with cancer.
The Leaders in Training (LIT) Program is designed for those former campers or young adults who have been treated for cancer, ages 18-21, who are interested in becoming summer camp counselors. The program takes place at our annual summer camp and is designed to give participants increased responsibility with supervision and direction from their own specialized Unit Head. Without question, many of Camp Sunshine's LIT graduates go on to become some of the best counselors in camp! If you're interested in becoming an LIT, please contact Tenise Newberg for an application.
Camp Sunshine established a scholarship program to support former campers who have demonstrated a commitment to completing their education. This scholarship is intended to help them reach their educational goals and can be applied toward tuition, fees, textbooks or other educational expenses.
The goal of the scholarships is to provide financial assistance to a student attending a college, university, or technical school. The Camp Sunshine Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to childhood cancer survivors who have attended Camp Sunshine programs and who have overcome challenges of childhood cancer.
Scholarship applications will be available each January with a May deadline. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, please contact Tenise Newberg for an application.
Young Adult outings offer those ages 19 – 21 who are on treatment or who have been treated for cancer, an opportunity to interact with other young adults who have faced similar challenges. Young adults from all over Georgia gather to renew old friendships, make new ones, and share what is going on in their lives.
Camp Sunshine encourages young adults from Georgia to join others from around the country at a week long Young Adults Conference or the Young Adult Survivor's Conference at Camp Mak-A-Dream in Montana. The campers participate in workshops, small group discussions, and special sessions with medical experts. In between workshops and discussions, they are free to go swimming, horseback riding, canoeing or fly fishing. Or they can simply go for a walk and watch the sunset in the spectacular mountains of Montana. The conference maintains a professionally-trained staff.
If you're on LinkedIn, come join this group for alumni and former campers of Camp Sunshine! The group is great for networking, reconnecting with friends and staying connected with each other! Discussions must be kept professional and friendly. All requests to join must be approved by Camp Sunshine staff. All members must be 18 years or older and not current campers at Camp Sunshine.
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