believes no child or family should experience childhood cancer alone. It is the support and compassion from our campers, volunteers, medical team, and staff that create the essence of Camp and bring us together each year.
Camp Sunrise’s mission is to provide joyful and nurturing camping experiences that foster confidence, friendship, and fun for children and families on their cancer journey.
A pathway of healing, hope, and lifelong well-being for children after childhood cancer.
Camp Sunrise, Inc. is in its 35th year! Each year we have three volunteer-driven, cost-free camping experiences for children with cancer and their siblings: Camp Sunrise, Camp SunSibs, and Camp at Hopkins.
Camp Sunrise is supported by incredible volunteers, counselors, staff, medical staff, donors, charitable organizations, and families that continually work hard to help manage the camp and fulfill our commitment to providing campers with a safe, enjoyable, and stimulating camping experience. One hundred percent of Camp Sunrise donations are directed towards planning, managing, and operating our three camps, managed by our Executive Director, Stephanie Davis, and our Board of Directors.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) established Camp Sunrise in 1987, and Camp Sunsibs in 1997. Two ACS staff members solely and generously oversaw management, camper support, and assumed all fundraising responsibilities for the operation of both camps. They attended all volunteer planning committee meetings and were on-site during each camp session.
In 2009, the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology, under the leadership of Division Director, Dr. Donald Small, assumed administrative, legal, financial, and medical support for Camp Sunrise. Camp SunSibs became active again in 2013 and Camp at Hopkins was established in 2018.
The camps have grown tremendously over the years and in 2020, it was decided to continue the non-profit activities of the camp under a newly formed nonprofit organization, Camp Sunrise, Inc., to enable the camp to grow and more effectively use its resources to benefit the community. The Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology, on an annual basis, will continue to provide the Medical Director and the 70+ medical volunteers who staff the camps.
We all found camp in our own way- some of us have been here since day one, others are former campers and still others are new to our Camps – but we share one thing in common – we are dedicated to ensuring the vibrancy of our mission— providing joyful and nurturing camping experiences that foster confidence, friendship and fun for children and families on their cancer journey.
We are a dedicated group of volunteers, 19 years of age and older consisting of parents, teachers, cancer survivors, college students, young adults, and professionals.
Our Board of Directors
Alex Johnston, Chairman
Barbara Castle Johnson, Secretary
Donald Kirk, Vice-Chair
Melissa Metzger, Treasurer
Patricia Kirk, Vice-Chair
Stephanie Davis, Executive Director
I found out about SunSibs from my sister Mimi because she attends Camp Sunrise and told me all of her adventures that she experienced. I love camp because I can connect with others who share the same story.
Camp SunSibs Camper
I LOVE Camp Sunrise! It is truly a magical place where children with cancer can experience summer camp with no restrictions.
Previous Camp Sunrise Camper
After finishing 28 months of treatment, I’m still excited to return each summer and see the friends I’ve made at camp. I can’t wait to be a counselor when I’m old enough so I can help kids like me feel more comfortable about having cancer and have as much fun as possible.
Camp Sunrise Camper