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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Health, Health Care, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness. Camp Sunshine is the only program in the nation offered year-round with the distinction of having been designed to serve the entire family in a retreat model. The program is free of charge to families and includes on-site medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement sessions are also offered for families who have experienced the death of a child from a supported illness.

Results: Over the past 32 years, Camp Sunshine has served more than 48,900 family members from 50 states and 27 countries.

Target demographics: Just as an illness does not target a specific demographic, Camp Sunshine's programs and support is available to all families, regardless of economic or cultural backgrounds.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 750-800 families, or 3,000 - 3,200 family members.

Geographic areas served: National / International.

Programs: Families of children diagnosed with cancer, hematologic conditions, renal disease, systemic lupus, those who have undergone solid organ transplantation, and families of children with other life-threatening illnesses attend illness-specific sessions of varying lengths. Families have the opportunity to solidify their relationships and meet others facing similar challenges. Bereavement programming is also provided for families who have lost a child to the illnesses served at Camp.

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amanda254

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine stole my heart. This summer was my first time volunteering, and I can see why so many people return year after year. I know I will be from now on. It is an incredible environment filled with incredible people. It was touching how much work went into making these families happy. The volunteers were wonderful, the staff was appreciative and kind, and the families I will never forget. Camp Sunshine is such a special place. I think back to the week I spent there constantly and cannot, absolutely cannot!!, wait to go back. Camp Sunshine is like no other.

David370

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the great pleasure of being involved with Camp Sunshine for the last 28 years. I first went to camp as a patient with my family in 1988 and the experience was so unbelievable, we went back for years as counselors. Everyone from the Drs. to the kitchen staff, Anna Gould, Mike Katz, etc...do an awesome job and treat everyone with respect and it makes you want to go back year after year. To see the difference between the first day families get there and the last night singing "That's what friends are for" is amazing and I hope to get back to volunteer again soon. Try volunteering just once and you will fall in love with Camp Sunshine!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at this amazing place the past two summers and based on my experience, I can easily say this is the greatest place in the world. People say Disney is the most magical place on earth, but spending just hours at Camp Sunshine, there is no question this place beats Disney. Camp Sunshine has changed my life as a volunteer, for the better, but the impact it has had on me, is because of the families it serves. These families who have struggled through the impossible challenges of having an extremely ill child, deserve every little and special aspect this place has to offer. It is truly a safe haven for parents, siblings, and most importantly patients.

Lillie L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has been volunteering at this AMAZING place for families who have a child going through a life threatening disease since our son Carter turned 16 and could give back and volunteer as a counselor.

This camp is a respite for the whole family! Cancer truly impacts the entire family and this beautiful place in Maine understand how to bring love and support, fun, laughs and lots of entertainment for all campers!

Hands up Camp Sunshine:) You have cultivated a beautiful experience filled with hope and love - keep it up!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine is the most amazing place on earth!!! Kids and families get a break and have a blast while gaining support from each other!!! Our family started as campers and now we volunteer several weeks a year!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering there in college and I've continued throughout medical school. The relationships you build with the families are invaluable and the perspective the whole experience gives you is extremely unique. I'll continue to volunteer there as often as I can and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Colleen P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Camp Sunshine for the past 12 years. Volunteering during different weeks and weekends in different areas. The opportunity that Camp Sunshine gives to families going through a difficult medical issue with their child is awesome. To bring fun, joy, knowledge, sharing etc, to parents and children has brought joy to my life each time I volunteered. Each week or weekend is special for all involved and have special memories. Some of my favorite memories are:
1). The smiling face of a 6 year old making a craft for their parent or sibling.
2).The toddlers having a "parade" with Musical instruments.
3). The teens winning the "Love Cup"
4). The ice cream soda dessert and little kids watching the foam rise.
One can go on and on about the wonderful loving experience Camp Sunshine families and volunteers provides. It surely is a special place!

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Camp Sunshine 10 years ago as a chaperone for our high school group. I have bought about a dozen students each year to volunteer each summer at Camp Sunshine. I have also recruited my husband to volunteer. We have even volunteered on other weeks and weekends without having to chaperone my high school students because we believe in the program that Camp Sunshine offers the families in attendance. The connections you make with the families, other volunteers, and Camp staff are special.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been volunteering for years. I work as a pediatric critical care nurse so Camp Sunshine is absolutely astonishing to me. The very best place for ALL kids to be kids. Not patients, not a sibling of a sick kid. Camp Sunshine is filled with huge hearts and understanding minds.

1 Alexis14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm from Michigan and let me tell you, the road trip out to Camp Sunshine is worth every mile! As a volunteer I get to see the miracles that happen every day to every person involved. You become a more humbled, honored, loved, and grateful human being every second of every session. It is the definition of sunshine and I am so blessed to have volunteered there for 4 years and counting!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Camp Sunshine at 16, as soon as I was able, and since then my life has never been quite the same. Camp Sunshine further confirmed my aspirations to be a Registered Nurse, and showed me true resiliance. Through the love and pure strength I recieved from the families, I learned a lot about life at a young age and feel so blessed to be a part of the Camp Sunshine community. There is no better feeling than making a sick child smile, and there are plenty of smiles to go around at Camp Sunshine. The staff are incredible and extremely dedicated. Every single person in that environment has a determination to help others, and it is a beautiful thing to witness. I've been many places, but Camp Sunshine remains my favorite place on this earth.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In a nutshell, the week I spent volunteering at Camp Sunshine was the best week of my life! I am so excited to go back, and work with all the wonderful counclers and campers. Camp Sunshine is a wonderful place full of people with such big hearts. I spread the word as much as I can, so more people will go volunteer. Every child is given a week not only to be "normal" but to be extraordinary. It is so wonderful to see the parents having a good time, and see how happy all of the kids are. It is a contagious feeling in the atmosphere. Without a doubt, I'd call it the best place on earth, and I'm only a volunteer. I can't even begin to fathom what the children must feel. There is not a place the can compare to Camp Sunshine!