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.
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.
The Leadership in Training (LIT) Program is designed for those campers or young adults with cancer (or who have had cancer), ages 18-21, which would like to be counselors. This program is designed to give this group increased responsibility and prepare them for being counselors in the future. Without question, many of Camp Sunshine's LIT graduates go on to become some of the best counselors in camp!