Camp Sunrise understands. You can be you without hiding.
Camp Sunrise, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is Ohio’s only summer camp program developed specifically for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. Each summer, Camp Sunrise has welcomed as many as 100 children to experience the joys of friendship, the love and support of a caring community, and an encouraging environment free of the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.
In 2014, Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio) welcomed Camp Sunrise to its statewide network. By consolidating with Equitas Health, Camp Sunrise continued its tradition of providing programming specifically developed for children impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Camp Sunrise has provided a unique opportunity experience traditional summer camp activities within a supportive, accepting, and encouraging community. Children have spent their days doing a variety of activities, including arts & crafts, sports, music, swimming, high ropes, and more. Nighttime activities have included campfires, pool parties, movie nights, karaoke, and talent shows.
It is with mixed emotions that we announce that 2018 will be the final year of Camp Sunrise.
In 2014, Equitas Health (then AIDS Resource Center Ohio) helped Camp Sunrise continue by welcoming the camp to its statewide network. 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 the last two summers 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.
In 2016, Camp Sunrise hosted 65 children, including 47 returning campers, mostly between the ages of 6 and 10 years old.
Camp was run by six program staff, 16 counselors, three junior counselors, and one nurse for a total of 26 adults. The program staff consists of two art leaders, two sport leaders, the camp director, and the program director.
Dayton Daily News featured 2017 Camp Sunrise in this inspirational article.
The Atlantic Monthly ran an amazing story about Camp Sunrise in this 2014 article.