Camp Sunrise

PL_MO_camp_sunrise… a place for kids with cancer and their families to have fun and enjoy a summer camp experience in a safe atmosphere. This camp is provided free of charge by Your American Cancer Society.

The American Cancer Society Camp Sunrise is offered to local children with cancer and their immediate families. It is a chance to bond and share feelings, but most importantly to let loose and have fun. Families participate in a variety of activities which include exploring the outdoors, arts and crafts, horseback riding, archery, boating, magic shows, and much more.

It is the mission of the American Cancer Society Camp Sunrise to provide a normal, active, and safe camp experience where children can celebrate life while living with, through, and beyond the diagnosis of cancer.

Who attends camp?
Children living in the greater St. Louis area who are 10 years and younger that are diagnosed with cancer are invited to attend Camp Sunrise, along with their parents and siblings. The camping facilities will accommodate up to 45 families.

Camp is held each year over Labor Day weekend. Families check in on Friday evening, and may stay through Monday morning.

Families attending Camp Sunrise enjoy the activities at the serene lakeside location of YMCA Trout Lodge in Potosi, MO. All Camp families and volunteers stay in lodge rooms, which offer spectacular views of the 360-acre Sunnen Lake. Trout Lodge’s experienced kitchen staff prepares well-rounded meals throughout the day.

How much does it cost?
Camp Sunrise is funded by Your American Cancer Society, High Plains Division, so eligible families stay free.

What kind of medical accommodations are provided?
The camp provides the special medical expertise and close monitoring required for children with cancer. Medical personnel are available around-the-clock to administer routine chemotherapy, arrange for blood counts, handle any medical emergencies, and adjust any programs to the camper’s individual needs.

Who staffs Camp Sunrise?
Camp Sunrise is staffed by volunteers who are carefully selected to ensure the safety of all campers. Staff members include physicians, oncology nurses, pediatric oncology social workers, teachers, cancer survivors, and past Camp Sunrise families.

For more information or to request an application, please talk to the Pediatric Oncology Social Worker at your child’s treatment facility. You may also contact your local American Cancer Society at (314) 286-8167 or (800) 489-9730.