Camp Rising Sun
A place where kids with cancer HAVE FUN and SMILE!

Online Camper Registration -- Coming in January

Mini-Camp Weekend: March 21 & 22, 2015

The Latest CRS Scoop

It's Newsletter Time!

Our Fall Newsletter is now available! Find out what it's like to be a new counselor at Camp Rising Sun, see who in the CRS family got married over the summer, catch up on our inventor camper, check out a recap and photos from Camp Week 2014, and much, much more!

Camp Week -- Our Most Entertaining Week Ever!

Camp Rising Sun campers got to experience all of their favorite shows without ever turning on the TV as we celebrated CRSTV week. From Survivor to the Amazing Race, American Ninja Warrior and You Think You Can Dance (with a CSI-like mystery to solve, just for fun) we had tons of fun with friends new and old. Check out all of the fun in our photo albums.

Our Biggest Fundraiser Ever -- The $100,000 Challenge!

We are excited and pleased to announce that the $100,000 challenge was a HUGE success! The Yvette and Arthur Eder Foundation offered to match every donation made to Camp Rising Sun between June 1 and July 15. Our amazingly generous supporters rose to the challenge and hit the $100,000 mark, meaning CRS will receive the full matching grant. Thank you, thank you to everyone who donated!

Help Camp While You Shop!

Camp Rising Sun has partnered with the Amazon Smile program. Simply use the link below when ordering on Amazon, and a portion of your purchase price will go to benefit Camp Rising Sun. Easy, huh? And perfect for all of your holiday shopping!

Camp Rising Sun Charitable Foundation Inc

Camp Store
We are in the process of putting together a Camp Store -- Camp Rising Sun goodies for you, extra funds for us -- win win! Our newest addition -- CRS car magnets! Head on over to the CRS Store to get yours!

Join Our Mailing List!
We're putting together an email list so we can send out periodic updates -- upcoming fundraisers, event announcements, that sort of thing. We promise not to fill up your inbox! Click here to join!

Who We Are

Camp Rising Sun Charitable Foundation
The Camp Rising Sun Charitable Foundation was formed to provide long-term financial support and stability to the Camp Rising Sun through Annual Fundraising. We are pleased to support the campers, families, and program of Camp Rising Sun.

Although the long-term goal of the Camp Rising Sun Charitable Foundation is to ensure that all children in the future will have the opportunity to attend camp free of charge, the Foundation currently supports Camp Risng Sun in many ways, including:

  • Providing $85,000 in direct support
  • Hosted 2013 Staff Training Weekend, attended by 54 Camp staff members
  • Supplying CRS staff with three laptops, software, printers, and other accessories
  • Purchasing Camp Rising Sun sweatshirts for campers
  • Constructing a stage at Camp Jewell's waterfront
  • Sponsoring the welcome reception at Staff Training
  • Funding "True to Life" presentation at Staff Training

This website is owned and operated by the Camp Rising Sun Charitable Foundation

Camp Rising Sun Mission Statement
It is our mission at Camp Rising Sun to provide a safe nurturing environment to kids who have faced the diagnosis of cancer, so that they may grow and learn from their experiences to become the best they can be.

Camp Rising Sun is a camp for children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Children ages 5 - 17 attend camp free of charge. Our 'Senior Campers' (16- and 17-year-olds) can apply to be part of our "Leader in Training" program. Run by former camper Katie Link, the LIT program is designed to give campers who may want to come back as counselors an opportunity to take on more responsibility, help with younger campers, and plan activities.

Camp is staffed by volunteer counselors who give a week of their time, love and energy. We have a pediatric oncologist and three nurses on campus 24-hours a day to tend to medical needs.

Camp Rising Sun started with 8 children in its first year and has grown to over 100 campers. 2013 will mark our 30th anniversary!

Check out our informational video on!

Situated on the shores of Triangle Lake in the northwest hills of Connecticut, Camp Jewell YMCA offers:

  • Modern, heated cabins with fireplaces, carpeting and lounges
  • 500 beautiful wooded acres
  • Waterfront with sandy beach
  • Playing fields, basketball and tennis courts
  • ROPES course
  • An infirmary
  • Well lit ampitheater for performances, dances and ceremonies
  • An arts and crafts studio
  • Working farm

Children participate at their own level and take part in all activities under careful, qualified supervision.

Click here to visit the Camp Jewell YMCA website and for more information on the facility!

We are pleased to announce that our camp is an accredited camp of the American Camping Association. Click here for more info!



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