About Us



Camp Sonshine is a non-profit, Christian summer camp and conference center organization located just minutes south of Lincoln, Nebraska. Camp Sonshine’s day and overnight summer camp programs give kids a safe place to experience personal growth, make new friends, and overcome challenges.

Camp Sonshine offers a unique environment for families to experience the love of God through innovative programs, fun activities, and genuine relationships with committed and loving, Christian role models.


“Have a vision so big that unless God intervenes it will fail.”  These were the words that motivated the founding directors to start camp. The vision of Camp Sonshine, Nebraska is the result of Jeff & Trisha Keiser seeking God’s heart in how He desired to use their strengths and experiences. The couple’s call to fulltime children’s ministry began during their college years and continued as they married and moved to Maryland to serve at Camp Sonshine together. After having spent a combined total of 10 years on staff at Camp Sonshine in Maryland, and having seen many lives transformed, they felt led to extend the impact of that day camp ministry to the growing number of families in and around Lincoln, Nebraska. In September of 2006, the Keiser family stepped out of the boat and moved to Nebraska.

Summer of 2007. After nearly ten months of planning and preparation, Camp Sonshine, Nebraska opened its doors to its very first campers on July 9, 2007.  Four weeks of camp were offered the first summer and by the end of those weeks well over 100 children had experienced the love of God through the staff and volunteers serving at Camp Sonshine.




Jeff Keiser

Founding Director

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Trisha Keiser

Founding Director

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Kyle Schwerdtfeger

Director of Programming

Camp Solaris Overnight Camp Co-Site Director

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Lauren Schwerdtfeger

Director of Recruiting

Camp Solaris Overnight Camp Co-Site Director

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Adrianna Tarin

Director of Communications/Marketing

Camp Sonshine Day Camp Site Director

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Lulu Friend

Program Manager

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Lori Bigler

Office Assistant & Event Booking

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Don Sands

Site Project Manager

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Darrel Schrader

Pat Schrader

Lonnie Schrader

Mike Friend


Michelle Steckelberg

Milt Wilnerd

Terry Barber

John Parish



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