Camp Sunrise is a volunteer-driven, cost free, week-long, overnight summer camp held during the first week of August. Our 187-acre campground has hiking trails throughout and diverse ecosystems including wetlands, creeks, old growth trees, and forests. At the hub are rustic wood cabins, a “Funny Farm,” where campers receive onsite medical care, a dining hall with full kitchen, a fully accessible pool, covered pavilions, a basketball court, and large playing fields.
Our unique environment allows campers to lean on eachother, share their thoughts and fears, and come together to share similar experiences. Campers who are currently being treated, have completed treatment, or have undergone a bone marrow transplant are eligible to attend the camp.
Campers must be between the ages of 4-18, and includes a day camp for ages 4 and 5, a residential camp for ages 6-16, and a Leader-in-Training Program for campers 17 and 18 years of age. Activities throughout the week include swimming, arts and crafts, sports and games, newsletter, field trips, campfires, archery, nature walks, and the fun-filled Friday night dance, and so much more! Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology physicians and nurses volunteer their time and are on-site 24/7 to ensure optimal medical care during the campers’ time away from home.
Contact our Camper Coordinator with application questions.
Camp Sunsibs is a volunteer-driven, cost free, weekend overnight camp for siblings of children who have been diagnosed with cancer, held each Memorial Day. Siblings of our Camp Sunrise campers, ages 5-17, come together to have fun as they better understand the emotions and impact a cancer diagnosis brings to an entire family. The program offers each participant the opportunity to experience their own uniqueness and spend time with other children who have suffered the difficult emotions that accompany having a sibling with cancer. Through an exciting camp experience, campers are given opportunities to establish strong peer relationships with others who share similar experiences, and enhance self-confidence by
trying new activities offered at camp. The camp offers campfires, swimming, nature hikes, archery, sports and games, arts and crafts, special events and a dance.
Held at Johns Hopkins Hospital the same week as Camp Sunrise, a similar camp experience is available for patients who are too ill to attend our overnight Camp Sunrise. Each day there are new activities including arts and crafts, newsletter, games, sports, movie night, etc. and through the newsletters at both Camp Sunrise and Camp at Hopkins, each camp can keep in touch with each other and see what their partner camp is up to!
“At Camp Sunrise, it didn't matter if you had hair or had surgery, because everyone else had done it too. Everybody knew what it was like, so they understood if you were feeling nauseous or sick and why.”
- Talia, Camp Sunrise Camper
“At camp, I met and made so many friends who all understood what I went through when I was sick. After being known as the kid with cancer at my school, I finally found a place where I felt normal, like everyone else.”
- Ava, Camp Sunrise at Hopkins and Camp Sunrise Camper
“My name is Haby and I’m nine years old. My brother, Oumar, had cancer. It was so hard for me because we were so close, but now he is no longer here. My brother may not be here. He is in my heart. And SunSibs, you are like my brothers and sisters.”
- Haby, Camp SunSibs Camper