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Sunrise Day Camps are the only full-summer dedicated day camps in the nation for children with cancer and their siblings. As a day camp, Sunrise safely meets our children’s needs for fun, friendship and adventure, while allowing them to enjoy the comforts and security of their own homes at night. Children with cancer are often isolated from the normal activities of childhood; rarely do they have a chance to see beyond the closed worlds of home, hospital, and doctors’ offices. Sunrise Day Camp opens the door to a new world by making it possible for campers to enjoy a summer filled with exciting activities daily, enduring friendships and joyful experiences, while paying careful attention to their special medical and emotional needs. Recognizing the extraordinary financial demands that a child’s chronic illness can have on a family, Sunrise Day Camp is offered free of charge.

imagine a day camp… natural settings & phenomenal facilities

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Both Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island and Sunrise Day Camp - Pearl River are situated on campgrounds that are owned and operated by the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds. While each of these beautiful locations is unique unto itself, both boast lush woods, grassy hills, open meadows and private swim complexes. Daily activities include: • Recreational & Instructional Swimming • Mini Golf • Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer • Nature, Yoga • Arts and Crafts • Group Games • Music and Drama ……and so much more!

Indoor air-conditioned facilities complement our outdoor open-air shelters, wooded campsites, lush ball fields, playground, sports courts, multiple swimming pools, and a misting tent for those who are unable to swim. Sunrise Day Camp truly rivals the best sleep-away camps. Yet unlike sleep-away camps, we provide a true camping experience while maintaining our children in the familiar surroundings of home, family, and the treatment centers they have become accustomed to. If a child does wish to attend a sleepaway program for a week or two, Sunrise can fill in the gaps for the balance of the summer.

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led by a caring, experienced team in the fields of camping & childhood cancer All locations of Sunrise Day Camp are members of the Sunrise Day Camps Association. Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island is a project of the Friedberg JCC, and Sunrise Day Camp - Pearl River is a joint project of the Friedberg JCC and the Rosenthal JCC. Both agencies have successfully operated day camps for over 40 years. An expert in children’s programming, the JCC is known not just for its camping programs, but also for its outstanding daycare, preschool, after-school and programs for teenagers. Sunrise Day Camp is affiliated with some of the most renowned hospitals and medical centers working in the field of pediatric oncology, including:

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….and works cooperatively with other medical institutions, resident camps, and other organizations with expertise in children’s oncology camping.


• The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center • The Brooklyn Hospital Center • The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore • Hackensak University Medical Center • Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center • Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai • Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn • Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center • New York Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health and New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital • Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at NYU Langone • Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York • Stony Brook University Medical Center • Winthrop University Hospital Cancer Center for Kids

ok... let’s answer some of those questions you have: Who’s Eligible?

Sunrise Day Camp is open to children ages 3 ½–16 who are in active or follow-up treatment for cancer, including a special, modified, three day a week program for preschoolers. The camp is open on a non-sectarian basis to all children who are coping with any type of cancer at any stage, provided their doctor clears them to participate.

What About Siblings?

The Friedberg and Rosenthal JCCs are happy to include siblings in Sunrise Day Camp. Siblings are welcome to attend whether or not the child with cancer is able to be a camper. Yet we also recognize that each child is unique. As such, the Friedberg JCC and the Rosenthal JCC also offer other camp programs, including theater, travel, arts, general camping, etc. and has relationships with some of the finest sleep-away camps. Working with the family and the sibling—and with Sunrise being one of the options—we will find the best fit for every sibling who wants to go to camp.

Who Staffs Sunrise?

Sunrise Day Camp is staffed by counselors, specialists, assistants, and volunteers, all of whom are specially trained prior to the camp’s opening. Our camp’s onsite Directors have extensive experience with children and camping, and our staff-to-camper ratio often exceeds 1:4 or better, assuring that every need of our campers can be accommodated.

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What About Medical Support?

Sunrise Day Camp has a private, air-conditioned Wellness Center. The camp is staffed by on-site pediatric oncology nurses and supported by volunteer pediatric oncology doctors from area hospitals. Medications can be easily administered, and ample indoor areas are provided for children to just “cool down”. In the unlikely event of an emergency during the camp day, rapid transportation by ambulance is provided.

How Long Is The Camp Season?

Camp runs for 7 ½ weeks, Monday through Friday, and is divided into sessions, ranging from 1 ½–2 weeks each. Campers may sign up for any or all sessions depending on their summer schedule, and special accommodations can easily be made depending on when a child is able to attend! At Sunrise, we recognize that children may not be able to attend camp every day, and so our program is designed to assure that no one “misses out” because of an absence. The camp day runs from approximately 9:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m., excluding transportation times. To accommodate working parents, extended hours are available starting at 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

And Speaking Of Transportation...

Sunrise is a day camp program, and as such is within driving distance of its local communities and surrounding boroughs. Therefore, we encourage parents to drive their children directly to and from the camp, so as to limit their time on buses and keep them in the most comfortable environment. For those families for whom driving is not an option, limited bus transportation is available from select locations on Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester and New Jersey. Additional special transportation arrangements can be worked out to accommodate the differing needs of families.

What Type Of Food Is Served?

One of the great advantages of day camping is that children can bring their own favorite lunches from home, so they never have to wonder what’s on the menu today (of course, we’ll refrigerate it). But that’s all they need to bring, since we provide several snacks during the day as well as juice and other drinks whenever needed. Need something special? No problem; just let us know, we’ll get it. Note that all food served by the camp is strictly kosher.

Can Parents Get Involved?

Our parents are our strongest resource, and as such, numerous venues are available for parents to keep in touch with us. From participation on our Parent Subcommittee of our Advisory Council to focus groups and just plain old-fashioned telephone calls, communication with our parents insures that we always remain responsive to the ever-changing needs of our children and families.

year-round programs Is Sunrise Day Camp Only A Summer Program? Our kids have so much fun at camp that we just had to expand into the school year. During the school year, we host Sunrise Sundays and Sunrise Fun-days—special activity days for our campers and prospective campers—utilizing many of the same staff they have become attached to and enjoy playing with during the summer months. Our year-round programs make it possible for our campers to see their friends throughout the year while enjoying summer fun all year long. These “camp” like activity days include sports, crafts, special shows & programs, delicious snacks, and

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when available, swimming in an indoor pool! Campers bring their own lunch and, as during camp, there are always drinks and special snacks provided to round out the day. Some of our year-round programs are family events, where parents and children alike enjoy the specially scheduled fun-filled festivities. And yet, transportation is available if needed, with pick ups at the same locations as in the summer time. Children, ages 3 ½–16 who are interested in joining our Sunrise family who were not campers the previous summer are always welcome to attend our year-round programs. Just let us know if you are interested in starting your Sunrise Day Camp experience during the school year and we will work with you to make it happen. Sunrise Sundays and Fun-days are held at our summer camp site on the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, or at other sites that provide Sunrise Day Camp with exclusive use.

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sunrise in the hospitals Sunrise On Wheels

Sunrise On Wheels is completely changing the dynamic of the pediatric oncology units in many of our area hospitals when we roll in with a giant tie-dyed trunk filled with of toys and a staff ready to place smiles on children’s faces. So many of our Sunrise Campers spend countless hours waiting for check-ups, treatments, and followup routines; the day can be long, monotonous, and sometimes even frightening for them. All of this is now changing as we bring camp into the hospitals through Sunrise on Wheels and our ‘magical’ trunk! On the outside, it is a classic camp trunk bursting with every color of the rainbow. On the inside, it is a treasure chest filled with toys, puzzles, games, arts and crafts, and even special surprises! A daily group activity is always a part of the fun so that everyone can play together. We even have laptop computers with wireless Internet. Of course, we know that the day is taxing and tedious for parents and caregivers as well, so we also have special "age appropriate” activities for adults! Our Sunrise On Wheels team consists of highly trained staff and volunteers. The children and families are so happy to see our team in clinic each week, as their clinic is "the funnest hospital ever!"

Sunshine From Sunrise

Sunshine from Sunrise is our In-patient Hospital visitation program. Should a Sunrise Day Camper be hospitalized for any reason, one of our staff or volunteers from camp will visit them with a fun-filled bag of goodies and toys! All of our Sunrise families know they can pick up the phone to call, send a text message, or e-mail to let us know where their child is being hospitalized, and we’ll take it from there. We’ll confirm our visit directly with the family and then stop by to say hi, bring some "sunshine", and more. (The children and the families tell us that they love visits from their camp counselors and staff all year long!)



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To find out about Sunrise On Wheels at your local hospital just give us a call.


here’s how you can get started:


Applications for Sunrise Day Camp may be obtained through your doctor, social worker, child-life specialist or other medical professionals, or directly through our camp offices: Sunrise Day Camp - Long Island: (516) 766-4341 Sunrise Day Camp - Pearl River: (914) 741-0333


For first time enrollees, it may be comforting to hear first hand about other parents’ experiences with Sunrise. Call us, and we’ll connect you with a parent of a current camper who can provide you with that special perspective that only another parent would have. Who knows—you might even walk away with a brand new friend. For families with children already enrolled in camp, we have arranged for you to be able to have “cyber” conversations with other parents on a secure internet site. You too, can stay connected year round with other parents!

Ready. ..Set. ..Go !

funding Sunrise Day Camp and its Year-Round Programs are offered free of charge and exist only though the generosity of others. Government grants, support from UJA Federation of NY and private donations by foundations, businesses and very special individuals help offset the costs of running these incredible camps and Year-Round Programs. Sunrise Day Camps are a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization and all donations are taxdeductible under federal guidelines. For our Long Island camp, checks may be made out to Sunrise Day Camp- Long Island or the Friedberg JCC, or by calling the development office at (516) 766-4341. For our Pearl River location, checks may be made to Sunrise Day Camp - Pearl River or the Rosenthal JCC, or by calling the development office at (914) 741-0333 x23 for more information on gifting opportunities.

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Sunrise Day Camps Association 15 Neil Court • Oceanside, NY • 11572 (516) 766-4341

Arnie Preminger, MSW, President and CEO Michele Vernon, MSW, Senior Vice President for Camping Services Bonnie Flatow, MT, Senior Vice President for Hospital and Community Relations Beth Fetner, Senior Vice President for Development

Friedberg JCC

Ted Richman, Board Chair Joni Center, Executive Director Deanna Slade, Camp and Year-Round Programs Director Dulcie Auerfeld, Sr. Coordinator of Sunrise on Wheels Leah Spindell, Coordinator of Sunrise Services Mark Atlas, MD, Medical Director Gila Klein, Advisory Board Chair Honorable Harvey Weisenberg, Honorary Chair: Member of the NY State Assembly

Rosenthal JCC

Jessica Morgenthal, Board President Ellie Aronowitz, Executive Director Sandor G. Haft, LMSW, Associate Exec. Dir. /Camp Director Karen Tanenbaum, RN, Hospital Liason Mark Atlas, MD, Medical Director Alison Rubin, Director of Development Robin Rosenberg, Administrative Director and Advisory Board Chair

Sunrise Day Camp Locations Long Island

75 Colonial Springs Rd • Wheatley Heights, NY 11798 (516) 766-4341 • email:

Pearl River

667 Blauvelt Road • Pearl River, NY 10965 (914) 741-0333 • email:

Sunrise Day Camp - Long Island is a project of the Friedberg JCC and Sunrise Day Camp - Pearl River is a joint project of the Friedberg JCC and Rosenthal JCC. Sunrise Day Camp - Long Island and Sunrise Day Camp - Pearl River are members of the Sunrise Day Camps’ Association and are affiliated with The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Hackensack University Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center, Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York Prespyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health and New YorkPresbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at NYU Langone, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center or New York, Stony Brook University Medical Center and Winthrop University Hospital Cancer Center for Kids. Sunrise also maintains cooperative relations with other prominent NY and NJ hospitals.

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