Camp SonshineDay Camp
Camp Sonshine Day Camp Offers…
Full-day of activities and adventures with the ability to head home at the end of the day.
Group setting designed to grow friendships with friends, new AND old!
Campers may choose to stay on Friday night for an overnight campout experience.
Camp Sonshine Day Camp Programs
Select the grade your camper will be entering in the fall to see specific program details:
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
- Ages: For campers entering K – 2nd grade in the fall.
- Activities: go-karts*, archery, the pool, moonbounce, arts and crafts, inflatable water games, outdoor cooking, pedal carts and nature activities.
- Theme Day Thursday: Theme Day is where we take imagination to the next level! Theme Days are always a memorable favorite for Explorer campers as they are designed to be full of specialized, unique activities created especially for campers to use their imagination!
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.
*Explorer campers will ride in a go-kart driven by his or her counselor.
3rd – 4th Grade
- Ages: For campers entering 3rd-4th grade in the fall,
- Activities: Adventure activities include go-karts, archery, moonbounce, the pool, arts and crafts, teambuilding activities, inflatable water games, petting zoo, sports and water games, outdoor cooking and nature activities, and more!
- Theme Day Thursday: Theme Day is where we take imagination to the next level! Theme Days are always a memorable favorite for Adventure campers as they are designed to be full of specialized, unique activities created especially for campers to use their imagination!
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.
5th – 6th Grade
- Ages: High Adventure takes adventure to a whole new level for campers entering 5th-6th grade in the fall.
- Activities: In addition to the regular line-up of the most popular camp activities, High Adventure campers also participate in off-road go-karts, Archey Tag, slingshots, kayaking, electives and much more!
- Electives: Campers will also get to choose a specialized elective activity to participate in during the scheduled elective period. See more about Electives Below!
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 past electives is provided below. Electives are subject to change week to week.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wet n’ Wild: A closely supervised extra swim time in our pool! Campers will be able to swim in our pool, and do other activities like Oasis and other fun water games.
***In case of inclement weather, High Adventure campers may be transported to Camp Solaris, Camp Sonshine’s overnight location, to take advantage of the ample indoor space!
Leader In Training (LIT)
LIT Training Date: Saturday June 5th, 10:00- 12:00
Ages: LIT stands for “Leader In Training” and this program is open to all students who will be entering 7th-9th grade in the fall.
Why LIT? 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. 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.
What You Can Expect: LITs get the opportunity to be a part of the camp program they love while learning and developing leadership skills as they are given hand-on experience in helping counselors with their group of campers and leading activities. LITs also have the opportunity to sign up for the LIT Overnighter Experience!
A great day to get an understanding of the LIT program, meet other LITs and summer counselors and get your LIT T-Shirt! Parents, if your camper is not able to make it to LIT training, they will be briefed on important information on the Monday of their first session in the summer.
LIT Program Highlights (included in tuition)
- Extended Camp Hours at No Charge (as needed)
- Practical Leadership Skills Training
- One-on-One Mentoring with Trusted Adult Role Models
- Volunteer Service Hours
- LIT Friday Night Overnighter Experience at Camp Solaris
LIT Application Process
1. Register – Teens can be registered for the LIT program by a parent utilizing our regular Online Registration process.
2. Supplemental Application (See Parent Resource Page) – In addition to the regular application, teens are asked to complete an LIT Supplemental Application. 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.
First Year LITs need to download and complete Interest Questions, 2 References Forms, and LIT Conduct Agreement Form.
Returning LITs need to download and complete LIT Conduct Agreement Form ONLY!
Day Camp Details
The following is some basic information about our Day Camps.
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.
Every Wednesday, campers are welcome to and encouraged to dress accordingly, but not required to. Check out the wacky Wednesday for your session in the parent resources page with the TOP TEN!
Late Stay & Overnighter
For the $25 registration fee, we provide dinner and an evening full of activities! Campers participate in a wide variety of special activities planned specifically for the Late Stay/Overnighter. Large group games, roasting marshmallows, cooking dinner over a campfire, and a special bonfire time, will create unforgettable summer camp memories!
Late Stay (Even-Numbered Sessions) – On even-numbered sessions, campers have the opportunity to sign up for the Late Stay on Friday night. Pick up on Friday night at 9 p.m. End of session celebration on Friday night!
Overnighter (Odd-Numbered Sessions) – On odd-numbered sessions, campers have the opportunity to stay for an overnight campout on Friday night! Pick up on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Friday night 10:00 pick up available upon request. End of session celebration on Saturday morning!
Pick Up & End of Session Closure
All family members are invited to join us for an end of session celebration!
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.
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.
Waldo Photos – 2 Great Options To Get Your Camper’s Photos!
FREE GALLERY via Web Browser
Wait until the end of your session and we’ll send you a link to our online Waldo Gallery! You can find your campers photos among all the photos we take during the week.
$10 FOR FACIAL RECOGNITION
- Sign up for Waldo Facial Recognition Service on your Camp Sonshine online portal by Monday morning at 10 a.m.
- Monday or Tuesday you will receive a text message from Waldo Photos with instructions to upload a new photo of your camper and set up your account to get your camper’s photos sent to you throughout the week!
We’re excited to be offering bus transportation services for families who need it. The fun starts the minute campers step on the bus with camp songs, games and other planned activities.
Our specially-trained bus counselors will supervise and make the ride fun & comfortable for campers! For more information, go online or call the office!
Bus Transportation Cost
$25 per camper AM
$25 per camper PM
*No Bus Routes on Friday PM
AM Drop Off Times/Locations
First Free Church (84th & Van Dorn) 7:45 – 7:55
Christ Church (70th & Yankee Hill) 8:10 – 8:20
Horizons Church (27th & Yankee Hill) 8:35 – 8:45
PM Drop Off Times/Locations
Horizons Church (27th & Yankee Hill) 4:40 – 4:50
Christ Church (70th & Yankee Hill) 5:05 – 5:15
First Free Church (84th & Van Dorn) 5:30 – 5:40
Note: To save your seat on the bus, you must sign up by the FRIDAY before your session begins!
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: What are the day camp hours?
Campers enrolled in our Extended Camp program can come as early as 7:30 AM and/or stay as late as 6:00 PM.
Q: When will I receive detailed information about camp?
A: Check out our Camper Parent Guide Here! Also, the weekend before every session, you will receive information in the mail about your child’s session of camp AND a call from your child’s counselor.
Q: What do I send with my camper each day?
Q: What do I send with my camper for the Overnighter?
A: You just need the basics! A sleeping bag, pillow, and an extra set of clothes for the morning! Bonus items would be jammies, a toothbrush, toothpaste. Pro tip: put it all in one bag for easy moving!
Q: Do you have programs for my special needs child?
Want a tour of Camp Sonshine?
Our Open House on May 8, 2021 will be the perfect time to meet camp directors and staff and get a tour of campgrounds! Can’t make it to the Open House? Call the office or fill out the form to schedule a tour!