Camp Sonshine’s Overnight Site – Camp Solaris…
- is located just 2 miles south of Firth, NE (25 minutes from Lincoln, halfway between Lincoln and Beatrice).
- offers campers a variety of team and personal challenges and competitions in a loving, community-based camp program!
We are so excited about the opportunity to give our High Adventure-aged and Teen Adventure-aged campers a new overnight camp experience with the same great staff and quality programming families have come to expect from Camp Sonshine.
After you sign up, feel free to take a look at our Parent Guide in the Parent Resource center for all you need to know about your session at Camp Sonshine!
See below for Day Camper Programs, Day Camper Details, Frequently Asked Questions and Much More!
Camp Solaris Overnight Camp Programs
Select the grade your camper will be entering in the fall to see specific program details:
Solaris Adventures: 3rd – 6th grade
Ages: The Solaris Adventures program is available for 3rd-6th grade campers.
Duration: 4 Day, 3 Night Program, Monday Morning – Thursday Evening (See Rates & Dates Page)
Activities: During the day campers will enjoy a variety of favorite camp activities such as archery, go-karts, sports, water games, and more, as well as a whole new line-up of activities unique to Camp Solaris. Evenings will continue to be filled with supervised large group activities, games, spiritual development time and opportunities to share stories and highlights of the day.
This camp program gives campers a taste of overnight camp and allows them to try some of the many great activities and adventures offered at Camp Solaris. Including but not limited to…go karts, archery tag, aerial park, team building, & open choice activities!
Campers can count on building life-long friendships with camp counselors and their peers as they participate in the many great experiences planned for them through out the week. The week will conclude with a special End of Session Cookout on Thursday afternoon for the whole family.
Journey: 5th – 6th Grade
Ages: Campers entering 5th-6th grade in the fall
Duration: 5 Nights, Sunday Evening – Friday Evening
Activities: Days will be filled with a variety of favorite Camp Sonshine activities such a archery, go-karts, sports, water games, electives, and more, as well as a whole new line-up of activities unique to our new location.
Campers are sure to build life-long friendships with camp counselors and their peers as they participate in the many great experiences planned for them through out the week. Evenings will continue to be filled with supervised large group activities, games, spiritual development time and opportunities to share stories and highlights of the day.
Expedition: 7th – 9th grade
Ages: Created for teens entering 7th – 9th grade in the fall
Duration: 5 Nights, Sunday Evening – Friday Evening (See Rates & Dates)
Activities: Delivering an unforgettable combination of favorite camp activities team challenges, community service and off-site field trips. Expedition is sure to give your teen a positive and consturctive community of peers to grow and serve with, while having the time of their life.
Specific Details about field-trips, packing lists and everything you’ll need to know about a week at Camp Solaris will be made available in the Parent Guide -out April 2019! See Parent Resources Section.
High School Camp: 10th – 12th Grade
More Information Coming Soon!
The Assistant Counselor Discount: We’ve seen a rise in the number of high school students investing a week or their entire summer in serving at Camp Sonshine as Assistant Counselors. Contact us to see what kind of discount you can get on High School Camp for participating in the AC program! We want these amazing leaders to have a time to participate in the activities they’ve been leading all summer!
Overnight Camp Details
All meals through out the week will be provided and are included in the cost of tuition. Please feed your camper before arrival on Sunday night. If your child has any dietary restrictions or allergies, you must include that information on your camper’s registration form. Occasional snacks will be provided but we also encourage campers to bring any additional snacks items if they choose to do so.
There are two dormitory buildings on the camp grounds. Each building is divided into two separate halves with separate restroom facilities. Campers will be grouped based on gender and age and will be assigned to a specific building and sleeping area along with his or her group and counselor. Campers will need to pack their own bedding to include a pillow and either a sleeping bag or sheets and a blanket.
Campers will be grouped by gender and with campers of the same or similar age. You may request up to 2 friends to be placed with your child in the same group. Your camper’s friends must also request to be grouped with your child. We will do our best to honor these requests but cannot make any guarantees.
Day Trip Excursions
Our Expedition campers will participate in various day trips throughout their session. Possible excursions may include destinations such as state parks, swimming facilities, ropes courses, service project sites, and more. Journey campers may take a shorter day trip on occasion but is not a normal part of the Journey program schedule.
End of Session Family Cookout
Families are invited to attend our End of Session Cookout on Friday afternoon. This is a great time to hear stories from the week, enjoy a meal with your camper and the counselors, take a tour of the camp site, and to meet some of your camper’s new life-long friends. There is no additional cost to families for this meal.
Specific Summer Information
Once registered, you will receive a packet of information including our summer Parent Guide which will be sent in early May, along with the camp schedule for each of your campers. The Parent Guide can also be found on our Parent Resource tab along with other helpful materials.
Here are some brief answers for some of the most commonly asked questions about camp. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the office.
Q: When and where do I drop off my overnight camper?
A: All campers attending Camp Sonshine’s overnight camp program will need to be dropped off and picked up at Camp Solaris’ multipurpose building The ARKK.
Camp Solaris is located at 2349 NE 34B Spur, Firth, NE 68358.
Directions from Highway 77: Drive to Cortland, NE. Turn East on Apple Rd. Turn South on 34B Spur Highway. Drive .8 mile to Camp Solaris.
Journey, Expedition & High School Camp
Drop Off – 6:30-7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening
Pick Up – by 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening.
Families are invited to come early on Friday evening at 5:30 PM for our End of Session Cookout.
For Solaris Adventures
Drop Off – 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. on Monday Morning!
Pick Up – by 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening.
Families are invited to come early on Thursday evening at 5:30 PM for our End of Session Cookout.
9th Inning Baseball Camp
Drop Off – 6:30-7:00 PM on Sunday evening
Pick Up – by 6:30 PM on Thursday evening.
Families are invited to come early on Thursday evening at 5:30 PM for our End of Session Scrimmage at the Firth Baseball Field & a Cookout at Camp Solaris.
Q: What do we need to pack?
A: A complete packing list will be included in the Parent Guide and also sent to you prior to your session. Here is a brief list of the most important items for campers to pack:
- Bedding (Sleeping Bag or Sheets and a Blanket)
- Personal Toiletries (i.e. toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc.)
- Bath Towel
- Swimming suit and beach towel
- Closed-Toe Shoes (old tennis shoes are the best)
- Change of clothing for 5 full days of camp (shorts, shirts, underwear, etc.)
- Refillable water bottle
- Bible, Journal and Pen
Want a tour of Camp Solaris?
We’d love to show you around! Call the office or fill out our contact form to schedule a tour today!