Camp registration begins for kids diagnosed with cancer

Cancer does not have to be the reason for a child to miss out on all the fun and excitement of summer camp. Children ages 5 to 17 that have ever been diagnosed with cancer are invited to attend Camp Rising Sun, located at Camp Jewell YMCA in Colbrook, for free from Sunday, Aug. 18 through Friday, Aug. 23.

Camp Rising Sun has been in operation since 1983 and is a place where kids with cancer go to have fun, while providing support, camaraderie and building lifelong friendships. Week-long activities may include traditional camp activities like swimming, arts and crafts, campfires, hiking, horseback riding and boating, as well as a cookout on the beach culminating in a private fireworks display, laser tag and visits by special guests.

“The kids do everything that any other camp would do along with meeting the physical, psychological, and emotional needs of young cancer patients ” said Tina Saunders, Camp Rising Sun coordinator.

On average, between 100 and 110 children attend Camp Rising Sun each year. The majority of campers are from Connecticut, but campers from other states are also welcomed.

At Camp Rising Sun, there is a pediatric oncologist and at least four nurses available on site, 24 hours a day, allowing those still in treatment to attend. Camp Rising Sun is staffed by volunteers who come to camp from all types of backgrounds, including teachers, firefighters, police officers and students. All share the mission of giving the campers a safe and fun-filled week. Camper to staff ratio is 2 to 1.

For more information, an application to register for Camp Rising Sun or to make a donation to camp, contact Tina Saunders at [email protected] or call 203-379-4762 or visit

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