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Welcome to Camp Sunrise!

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 welcomes 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, now in its 23rd year, continues its tradition of providing programming specifically developed for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. Camp Sunrise continues as a program of Equitas Health furthering the mission of both organizations of providing care, empowerment, and hope to people impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Camp Sunrise provides a unique opportunity experience traditional summer camp activities within a supportive, accepting, and encouraging community. Campers are divided by age into cabin groups – each with a theme chosen by campers themselves. Campers ages 16 and 17, known as the Sundogs, participate in teen-focused leadership programming in addition to general camp activities.

Camp Sunrise activities focus on developing friendships, trying new and different things, and having fun. For many campers, particularly the Sundogs, Camp Sunrise is also a place address HIV/AIDS and the role it plays in their lives.

Children spend their days doing a variety of activities, including arts & crafts, sports, music, swimming, high ropes, and more. Nighttime activities include campfires, pool parties, movie nights, karaoke, and talent shows.

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.

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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.

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reasons to join us this summer

Team & Individual Sports

Camp Joy has dedicated soccer and baseball fields and basketball courts.

Performing & Creative Art

Art leaders encourage campers’ inner artists to shine on stage and on canvas!

Swimming & Canoeing

Campers can cool off in the Camp Joy pool and visit the pond for canoeing.


Camp Joy features nature trails for awesome outdoor hiking.

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Meet Our Leadership

Paula Katz
Paula Katz

Program Director & Art Leader

keiffer erdmann
Keiffer Erdmann

Program Director

leontien kennedy
Leontien Kennedy

Program Director