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Every summer since 1994,

children living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS have been building summer memories at Camp Sunrise. But along with the success of nearly-eradicated mother-to-child transmission of HIV, comes the decline in the feasibility of running a camp solely devoted to serving children living with the disease. In August of 2018, Camp Sunrise staff, volunteers, and campers gathered for a final week of Camp Sunrise.

In August of 2018, Camp Sunrise staff, volunteers, and campers gathered for the final week of Camp Sunrise. Children living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS have been building summer memories at Camp Sunrise since it was founded in 1994. But along with the success of nearly-eradicated mother-to-child transmission of HIV, comes the decline in the feasibility of running a camp solely devoted to serving children living with the disease. During 2016 and 2017 only six and four HIV-positive campers attended the week-long camp.

While we are thrilled with this milestone, we recognize that those children who do live with HIV are no less in need of this unique camp experience. We are therefore pleased to announce that Flying Horse Farms, a member of the Serious Fun Children’s Network, has agreed to include a week of camp for children living with HIV/AIDS to their camp schedule beginning in 2019.

Flying Horse Farms provides magical, transformative camp experiences for children ages 8 – 17 with serious illnesses and their families – free of charge. Located in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, the camp first opened its gates in 2010 and hosts about 900 children and families each year. The Flying Horse Farms team is committed to maintaining the vibrant sense of community Camp Sunrise has inspired all these years and welcomes Camp Sunrise participants, families, volunteers, and staff to recreate their community in a new home.

“Camp Sunrise is a place where you hear people laughing – not just children, but teens and adults alike. It is a place where the worries of the world do not touch a little piece of heaven that we get to live in, even if only for a week.”

— quote from a Camp Sunrise camper —