Camp Sonshine’s Day Camp Programs offer campers full-day activities and adventures with the ability to head home at the end of the day. Campers may choose to stay on Friday night for an overnight campout experience. 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!
Select the grade your camper will be entering in the fall to see specific program details:
Explorer Camp is for campers entering K-2nd grade in the fall. We cut no corners in giving your child the extra special care and attention that they deserve. We provide an active and structured schedule for these young campers that maximizes fun while ensuring their safety. Activities for this age will include: go-karts*, archery, moonbounce, arts and crafts, inflatable water games, outdoor cooking, pedal carts and nature activities. In addition to an exciting line-up of camp activities, campers will also participate in one of our signature Theme Days each week. Theme Days are always a memorable favorite for Explorer campers. *Explorer campers will ride in a go-kart driven by his or her counselor.
Explorer Campers are grouped with other campers of a similar age and typically the same gender. Explorer groups may be mixed gender when needed based upon enrollment. You may request up to 2 friends to be placed within the same group and your friends must request you as well. We will do our best to honor these requests but cannot make any guarantees.
For campers entering 3rd-4th grade in the fall, Adventure Camp offers a safe and active outdoor experience to build friendships, develop skills, grow in confidence, and create great summer memories! We plan each session to include as many exciting activities as possible. Adventure activities include go-karts, archery, moonbounce, arts and crafts, teambuilding activities, petting zoo, sports and water games, outdoor cooking and nature activities, and more.
Adventure Campers will be grouped based upon similar age and by gender. You may request up to 2 friends to be placed within the same group and your friends must request you as well. We will do our best to honor these requests but cannot make any guarantees.
High Adventure takes adventure to a whole new level for campers entering 5th-6th grade in the fall. In addition to the regular line-up of the most popular camp activities such as archery, off-road go-karts, outdoor cooking, slingshots, sports, water games, kayaking and many others, campers will get to choose a specialized elective activity to participate in during the scheduled elective period.
High Adventure Electives
Electives bring a variety of unique activities and experiences to the High Adventure program that are not part of the regular camp program, but always a highlight. Electives are scheduled twice a week in the afternoons and allow campers to join with other campers with a similar interest but who may not be in his or her regular camper group. A brief description of each elective is provided below. All of the following Electives are available each session of the summer.
- X-Treme Art and Pottery: Take your art to the extreme as you create a variety of art projects using all sorts of techniques and “canvases”. Campers will paint and glaze a ceramic piece to take home with them at the end of the session.
- Airsoft Adventures: A closely supervised environment for campers to safely learn Airsoft as they practice their speed and accuracy. Teamwork and communication are key as each squad of campers attempt to successfully complete a variety of challenges and scenarios.
- Sports Spectacular: Every camper is an all-star in this action packed, game-oriented elective. Groups will participate in a variety of games and sports from a wide range of themes and styles including classic American sports, dodgeball games and international sports.
- Fun on the Farm: Feed and water the animals, harvest crops and taste the fruits of your labor at neighboring JoyLand Farms. Also explore modern farming processes through farm equipment demonstrations at adjacent Hesed Acres.
- Culinary Creations: Try your hand at creating a culinary masterpiece. Add some special ingredients and enjoy the flavor of what could be the beginning of your new secret family recipe.
- Photo Fanatics: Campers will have the opportunity to learn about photography from our media counselor! Campers will get to learn and practice their new skills, some of their pictures might even end up in our end of session video!
- Wet n’ Wild: A closely supervised extra swim time in our new pool!! Campers will be able to swim in our pool, and do other activities like Oasis and other fun water games.
High Adventure 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.
LIT stands for “Leader In Training” and this program is open to all students who will be entering 7th-9th grade in the fall. Teens need to know that they are capable of making a positive difference in their world and Camp Sonshine offers this great program for teens to not only learn valuable lessons on leadership, but to put those lessons into practice in a safe, fun environment. In this program, LITs will get to put their leadership skills into practice as they help monitor and maintain group control, work to create a safe environment for campers, and assist with camp activities. LITs will assist trained counselors with our K-4th grade groups or be assigned to help facilitate or lead one of a variety of activities. Many Teens have used this type of leadership experience to put on applications to such organizations as the National Honor Society and various college & scholarship applications.
LIT Program Highlights (included in tuition):
- Extended Camp Hours – as needed
- Practical Leadership Skills Training
- One-on-One Mentoring with trusted Adult Role Model
- Volunteer Service Hours
- Friday Night Overnighter – LIT participation is highly encouraged
LIT Application Process:
Teens can be registered for the LIT program by a parent utilizing our regular Online Registration process. In addition to the regular application, teens are asked to complete an LIT Application, submit 2 References, and sign the LIT Conduct Agreement Form. The application process is designed to help teens think about their current views and beliefs concerning leadership, what their goals will be in regards to being an LIT, develop realistic expectations for the program, and to gain valuable skills and experiences that will be beneficial to them in completing future job applications.
Day Camp Details
Please send a sack lunch with your child to camp each day. Lunch will not be provided and is not included in the cost of tuition. Please send a nonperishable lunch as refrigerators are not available for camper use.
All campers have the opportunity to sign up for the Overnighter on Friday night of each session. Campers participate in a wide variety of special activities planned specifically for the Overnighter. Large group games, roasting marshmallows, cooking dinner over a campfire, a special bonfire time, and camping out under the stars will create unforgettable summer camp memories! Families are invited to return to camp on Saturday morning at 9:00 A.M. to join with their camper and the rest of the Camp Sonshine staff for our End of Session Pancake Breakfast. After some hot pancakes and a few closing remarks by the directors, campers and their families will enjoy reliving the highlights of the week as they watch an End of Session Video.
Staff-supervised Extended Camp programs are offered both before and after the regular camp day. This option is convenient for both working parents and those just needing some extra time. It’s also the perfect solution for those campers who just can’t get enough camp. Extended Camp starts as early as 7:30 AM and runs as late as 6:00 PM.
If you would like to be placed on a carpool list to be e-mailed out the last week of May, please contact the office. Please know that the interested families will make all the arrangement and that Camp Sonshine can not be responsible for arranging individual carpools.
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.