Camp Sunshine
Camp Sunshine supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The camp has the distinction of being the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate family — the ill child, the parents, and the siblings. Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for over 30,000 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.Families with a child diagnosed with diseases such as cancer, kidney disease, lupus, solid organ transplants, and other life- threatening illnesses attend one of the week-long camps. Our focus is on alleviating the strain that a life-threatening illness takes not only on the sick child but also on other family members. Families have an opportunity to rebuild their relationships together and meet other families facing similar challenges.Free quality services are provided at the camp including accommodations and meals, onsite medical services, counseling services, and recreational facilities. While the camp is in session, each family stays in their own family suite. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served each day.Volunteers, except for those who live nearby, also stay on the property. Camp Sunshine is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, many of whom return year after year. The volunteers reflect the diversity of the families and help with recreational leadership, childcare, food service and whatever else needs to be done.Another distinctive component of the program is the medical facilities and professional staff that are available to address the taxing physical needs of children with intrusive diseases. A physician is located at the camp for the entire session so that families can be secure in the knowledge that the camp offers 24-hour onsite medical support. In addition, a hospital with full-time emergency room physicians and pediatricians is only 25 minutes from the camp.The program is funded in its entirety by donations.
Summer Address
35 Acadia Road
Casco, ME 04015
207-655-3800
Winter Address
35 Acadia Road
Casco, ME 04015
207-655-3800
Camp Reviews — Memories from Real Camp Families
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A Family said... Tweet Share
"You have given us a safe haven and a place of respite, rejuvenation, and lots of fun! Camp Sunshine is a gift and we thank you for it. Know that you have helped more than we can express as we continue our battle with cancer and its aftermath."
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“As a family learning that our little girl was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma was very difficult. We did not even know what it was or what it would mean for us. Camp Sunshine is an awesome place that lets us embrace and interact with others going through the same or similar things."
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“The energy, atmosphere, and loving community gives me hope in the world again- this place is Hope in the World. I cannot express how thankful we are. Thanking you so much for blessing us with your donation. I know that we will pay it forward soon – and make way for another family to have an amazing experience."
A Family said... Tweet Share
“Because a lot of our finances are focused on medical related visits, our family does not travel. To come to Camp, to have the week so generously donated and to experience this as a family has been priceless. Your generosity gave more than just some days in Maine. You gave us courage, strength and energy to keep going and keep fighting.”
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“Words cannot express what this week has been for us. Spending time with other Retinoblastoma families for six full days has been unbelievably strengthening and life changing. Our families and friends that surround us can only understand up to a limit what we have been and are going thru. They can only walk beside us in efforts to be there for us. Spending time with the families this week has been such a support as there are people that actually walk in our shoes; apparently there are others that share our hard time and we are not along in dealing with this in the world."
A Volunteer said... Tweet Share
"I was fortunate enough to first volunteer at Camp Sunshine in September 1999 during my senior year of high school at Holy Name. Not knowing what to expect I was incredibly nervous and anxious. That session forever changed my life. Volunteering at Camp has been the most rewarding experience and over the past 10+ years, the families and volunteers I have met have truly been an inspiration to me."
“I greatly enjoyed speaking with Laurie (Guide at Maine Camp Experience). Thanks to her guidance, ideas and suggestions we truly feel that our ultimate choice is the right one for us. We can trust that our seven year old daughter will have a wonderful summer!”

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