It is with mixed emotions that we announce the dates of what will be the final year of Camp Sunrise. This year’s camp will run from July 29 to August 4 at Recreation Unlimited in Ashley, Ohio.
Children impacted by HIV/AIDS have been building summer memories at Camp Sunrise since it was founded in 1994. 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.
Flying Horse Farms provides magical, transformative camp experiences for children ages 8 – 17 with serious illnesses and their families – free of charge. Located in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, the camp first opened its gates in 2010 and hosts about 900 children and families each year. The Flying Horse Farms team is committed to maintaining the vibrant sense of community Camp Sunrise has inspired all these years and welcomes Camp Sunrise participants, families, volunteers, and staff to recreate their community in a new home.
In celebration of Camp Sunrise’s legacy, Camp staff will invite former campers and counselors to a class reunion celebration which will take place Wednesday, August 1, more details will be available in the coming weeks. A memory book will also be prepared that will be available for purchase. Anyone interested in sharing a camp memory or experience in the book may send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.