Camp SolarisOvernight Camp
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!
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)
Program Details: 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.
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: The Expedition program delivers 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.
Overnight Camp Details
The following is some basic information about our Overnight Camps.
All meals through out the week will be provided and are included in the cost of tuition. 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, peanut-free snacks items if they choose to do so
*For Journey/Expedition Campers – Please feed your camper before arrival on Sunday night.
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
Solaris Adventures/Journey Campers
Solaris Adventures and Journey campers take a short day trip to our Sonshine – Day Camp location to participate in activities such as the pool, inflatable water slides and more!
Expedition/High School Campers
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.
End of Session Celebration!
At the end of each session, we celebrate by inviting the whole family for an end of session celebration! We share in the memories made during the week and watch a session highlight video! More info found in our summer overnight camp parent guide!
Specific Summer Information
Once registered, feel free to look at the Parent Resource section for detailed information you’ll need to know before your week of camp. The Parent Guide can also be found on our Parent Resource tab along with other helpful materials.
During the week before your session, you will receive an email with more specific information and important reminders!
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 – at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening.
For Solaris Adventures
Drop Off – 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. on Monday Morning!
Pick Up – at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening.
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
Q: How did you get the name "Solaris"?
A: As Camp Sonshine grew, so did our campers! After about 8 years of being open, we saw the need for a place for our teen campers to go. Just when we started praying about it, we were graciously gifted a second site from a Nebraska camp. We named is Camp Solaris!
Solaris comes from two words. “Sol” is latin for “Sun” & “Polaris” is known commonly as the North Star or Pole Star, and is brightest star of the constellation Ursa Minor. Our hope is that Camp Solaris is a guiding light in the lives of our campers.
Q: How are you associated with Camp Sonshine?
A: Camp Sonshine is the name of our non-profit organization, the headquarters, and the site where we host day camps in the summer and events year round. Camp Solaris is a program/branch of Camp Sonshine where we host overnight camps in the summer and events year round!