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year-round programs

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Camp Sunshine is a place for all seasons; families from all over the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world make the trek to our unique retreat on beautiful Sebago Lake in Casco, Maine. Greeted by yellow-shirted volunteers and mascots Sunny, Chip Chip, and Lupi, family members enter through one of Camp Sunshine’s three yellow doors. Right away, they know that we have each family member’s needs in mind.

With decades of dedication and expertise, staff and volunteers (about 75 in each session) put families at ease. Families can set their worries aside knowing that there is a physician on site. Camp Sunshine is a place where families can really relax and let staff and volunteers take care of every member of the family.

Meeting other families who face the same issues, large and small, is a unique benefit of the Camp experience… being able to talk to other people who know exactly how they feel. Attending one of approximately 25 year-round sessions, families have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities with up to 40 other families. Whether it’s reaching the top of the climbing wall, catching a fish in the lake, enjoying horse-drawn wagon rides in the fall, or learning to ski during our winter sessions, there is fun for every member of the family.

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Range of Programs

Camp Sunshine offers programs for families with a child 18 and younger who has:

  • Cancer

  • Retinoblastoma

  • A brain tumor

  • Kidney disease

  • Solid organ transplant recipients

  • Sickle cell disease

  • Other hematologic conditions including:

    • immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)

    • thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)

    • aplastic anemia

    • beta thalassemia major

    • thrombocytosis

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (age 21 and younger)

  • A bereavement session is also offered for families who have experienced the death of a child from a supported illness

 

Camp Sunshine also offers specialized programs for families and individuals with:

  • Fanconi anemia

  • Diamond-Blackfan anemia

  • Shwachman-Diamond syndrome

  • Dyskeratosis congenita / telomere biology disorders

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