In preparation for the first Camp Sunshine summer camp, our founder, Dorothy Jordan visited several cancer camps to get ideas. One of those camps, shared their tradition of the friendship bracelet with Dorothy. Since our first camp in 1983, the friendship bracelet has been an important part of our tradition as well.
Friendship bracelets are made with regular fishing swivels, which are linked together to form a bracelet. Each year’s friendship bracelet is different in design and bead color. The friendship bracelets represent the circle of friends and the bonds of friendship established during each summer camp.
The only place and time that you can get a Camp Sunshine friendship bracelet is during summer camp. Your friendship bracelet must be given to you and put on by another camper, volunteer or staff member. Placement of the bracelet on the wrist is always followed by a good ole “Camp Sunshine” hug.
Camp Sunshine Friendship Bracelet
Oh, the Lord's been good to me And so I thank the Lord, For Giving me the things I need The sun and the rain and the appleseed. The Lord's been good to me. Amen.
Camp Sunshine Song
We're at Camp Sunshine, to have a good time
And learn some new skills every day.
We're at Camp Sunshine to have a good time
And make some new friends along the way.
We're at Camp Sunshine and we're feeling fine
And we love to sing this song.
We're at Camp Sunshine, for such a short time
And we're glad we came along.
Sunshine makes me happy There ain't no place quite like you All the picture perfect mornings Covered in dew
I'm a fiend for your affections You're a country coated smile With your doors wide open I'm happy to stay awhile But before I move on
Give me one more moment Give me just one more day There is no place else on earth I feel this way It covers the grey You're an endless sunrise and you just won't let go You're a piece of heaven wrapped up in Georgia Gold
I've seen Rio Dejanero And the southern coasts of Spain But they could never hold a candle To your flame
So even when those buses Round that corner Coming for to carry us back home I keep you deep inside my heart so I never feel alone But before I am gone Give me one more moment Give me just one more day
There is no place else on earth I feel this way It covers the grey You're an endless sunrise and you Just Won't let go You're a piece of heaven wrapped up in Georgia Gold Give me that Sunday afternoon I'm gonna stay all year
Give me that fishing rod and reel Don't let the sunshine disappear Forever let the sun shine on Forever let the sun shine on...