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Camp Sunshine is a nationally-recognized non-profit retreat for families with children facing life-threatening illnesses.

Located in Casco in Maine's Sebago Lake region, Camp Sunshine provides a camp vacation at no charge. The camp offers one of the only programs in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family. While attending the various week-long camps, families are able to rebuild relationships together and meet other families facing similar challenges.

Camp Sunshine also is known for strong financial oversight. The organization consistently receives a coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading independent charity evaluator. Each year, Charity Navigator exhaustively analyzes thousands of charity organizations for financial oversight, management and transparency.

Camp Sunshine offers children with life-threatening illnesses and their families a place to relax together for a week, and to take a break from the extraordinary demands placed upon them on a daily basis. The year-round program is free of charge and staffed almost entirely by volunteers. Since its inception in 1984, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for more than 32,000 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. In addition to providing 24-hour on-site medical and psychosocial support, the camp offers a variety of daily activities, including swimming, boating, archery and soccer, and special events such as bonfires and cookouts. To support Camp Sunshine, please call (207) 655-3800 or www.campsunshine.org.

Below is an archived list of more news about Camp Sunshine:


07/02/2014 -- Camp Sunshine Hires New Executive Director

06/17/2014 -- SEALs to Swim Full 13-Mile Length of Sebago Lake for Camp Sunshine on August 21 in Casco, Maine

05/19/2014 -- Camp Sunshine Honored as 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit

04/23/2014 -- New Balance Foundation Provides 300,000 Reasons to ‘Go the Distance’ for Camp Sunshine

02/24/2014 -- Fundraising Participants Bracing for Frigid Ocean Plunge on Saturday in Huntington

02/17/2014 -- Fundraising Participants Bracing for Frigid Ocean Plunge on Saturday in West Haven

02/10/2014 -- Fundraising Participants Bracing for Frigid Ocean Plunge on Saturday at East End Beach in Portland

02/03/2014 -- Fundraising Participants Bracing for Frigid Ocean Plunge on Saturday in Long Branch

02/03/2014 -- Long Island Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Saturday, March 1 at Crab Meadow Beach in Huntington, N.Y.

01/27/2014 -- Fundraising Underway for Colin’s Crew Polar Dip on Feb. 22 in West Haven, Conn.

01/22/2014 -- New Toyota Sienna Mobility Van Presented to Camp Sunshine by Berlin City Toyota after Nationwide Contest

01/21/2014 -- Fundraising Underway for Rhode Island Polar Dip on Feb. 15 at Oakland Beach in Warwick

01/20/2014 -- Fundraising Efforts Underway for Feb. 15 Maine Polar Dip at East End Beach in Portland

01/20/2014 -- Fundraising Participants Bracing for Polar Pool Plunge on Saturday at Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort

01/13/2014 -- Fundraising Underway for A.J.’s New Jersey Polar Dip on Feb. 8 at the Avenue Beach Club in Long Branch

01/03/2014 -- Wachusett Mountain Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Saturday, Jan. 25 at Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort

12/20/2013 -- Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s Polar Dip on New Year’s Day to Benefit Camp Sunshine

12/10/2013 -- Camp Sunshine Honored as 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit

10/11/2013 -- Camp Sunshine Wins New Toyota Sienna Mobility Van in 100 Cars for Good Contest

10/01/2013 -- Camp Sunshine Named Finalist in Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program

09/04/2013 -- Maine Suitcase Party to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Sept. 27 in Private Hangar at Portland Jetport

08/28/2013 -- Camp Sunshine Receives Highest Rank among Maine Charities for Sound Fiscal Management and Transparency from Nation’s Leading Charity Evaluator

08/09/2013 -- Tropical Smoothie Café Donates $515,000 to Camp Sunshine

07/16/2013 -- Camp Sunshine Exceeds $14.5 Million Endowment & Capital Campaign Goal, Securing Future of National Retreat for Families with a Child Facing Life-Threatening Illness

05/09/2013 -- Camp Sunshine Receives $200,000 Matching Challenge from the Hermann Foundation to Help Complete Endowment & Capital Campaign

02/25/2013 -- After Three Week Wait, Fundraiser Participants Bracing for Frigid Ocean Plunge on Saturday at Maine Polar Dip in Portland

02/25/2013 -- Fundraising Participants Bracing for Frigid Ocean Plunge at Long Island Polar Dip on Saturday in Huntington

02/13/2013 -- Fundraiser Participants Bracing for Frigid Ocean Plunge at Colin’s Crew Polar Dip Feb. 23 in West Haven

02/06/2013 -- Fundraiser Participants Bracing for Frigid Ocean Plunge at First-ever Rhode Island Polar Dip Feb. 16 in Warwick

02/04/2013 -- Long Island Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Saturday, March 2 at Crab Meadow Beach in Huntington, N.Y.

02/01/2013 -- Fundraiser Participants Bracing for Frigid Ocean Plunge Next Saturday at Maine Polar Dip in Portland

01/25/2013 -- Colin’s Crew Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Saturday, Feb. 23 in West Haven

01/24/2013 -- Fundraiser Participants Bracing for Frigid Ocean Plunge Saturday at A.J.’s New Jersey Polar Dip in Long Branch

01/18/2013 -- First-ever Rhode Island Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Saturday, Feb. 16 at Oakland Beach in Warwick

01/15/2013 -- Fundraiser Participants Bracing for Polar Pool Plunge on Saturday at Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort

01/11/2013 -- A.J.’s New Jersey Polar Dip Set for Jan. 26 at the Avenue Beach Club in Long Branch

01/10/2013 -- Fundraising Efforts Underway for Feb. 9 Maine Polar Dip in Portland to Benefit Camp Sunshine

01/07/2013 -- Wachusett Mountain Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Saturday, Jan. 19 at Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort

12/28/2012 -- Coney Island Polar Dip an Ideal New Year's Day Activity for Family and Friends

12/13/2012 -- Camp Sunshine Named One of Best Reviewed Nonprofits in the U.S. by Two National Charity Evaluation Organizations

12/03/2012 -- Fundraising Effort Underway for New Year’s Day Coney Island Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine

10/31/2012 -- Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival Raises $80,175 to Support Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses and Their Families

10/26/2012 -- MEDIA ADVISORY – PHOTO OP: Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival - Featuring Display of 10,000 Lit Jack-o-Lanterns – in Freeport on Saturday

10/18/2012 -- Organizers Set Goal of 10,000 Lit Jack-o-Lanterns for ‘Gourd’ Time at Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 27 in Freeport

10/04/2012 -- Governor Announces "Ron Eby Day" in Maine to Honor Camp Sunshine Volunteer Nominated for NASCAR Humanitarian Award

09/25/2012 -- First-ever Maine Suitcase Party Raises $60,000 for Camp Sunshine, Provides Dream NYC Weekend for Three Mainers and Their Guests

09/20/2012 -- MEDIA ADVISORY: First-ever Maine Suitcase Party - to Benefit Camp Sunshine - This FRIDAY in Portland, Maine

09/13/2012 -- Camp Sunshine Supporter Ron Eby One of Four National Finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award

09/07/2012 -- Preparations Underway for First-ever Maine Suitcase Party in Maine Aviation Hangar at Portland Jetport to Benefit Camp Sunshine

08/13/2012 -- First-ever Maine Suitcase Party to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Sept. 21 in Private Hangar at Portland Jetport

08/08/2012 -- Tropical Smoothie Café Donates $365,000 to Camp Sunshine and Pledges $1 Million to Endow Session in Perpetuity

06/26/2012 -- Gov. LePage Visits Families, Volunteers and Members of Maine Army National Guard, Proclaiming June 26, 2012 as Camp Sunshine Day in Maine

06/25/2012 -- MEDIA ADVISORY: Camp Sunshine Visit by Gov. Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage TOMORROW a.m. (Tuesday) in Casco

06/21/2012 -- 133rd Battalion of the Maine Army National Guard Returns to Camp Sunshine to Lend a Helping Hand with Needed Improvements

06/18/2012 -- Camp Sunshine Receives Nearly $40,000 from Hands On Tzedakah and the UPS Foundation

04/05/2012 -- Camp Sunshine Announces 2012 Summer Programs Available to Ill Children and Their Families from Across the Nation

04/04/2012 -- Barclays/Nets Community Alliance Funds Hematology and Oncology Program at Camp Sunshine for Brooklyn, N.Y. Families

03/30/2012 -- Maine Runner in Homestretch of Grueling Program to Run 500 Miles in March to Raise Money for Camp Sunshine

03/26/2012 -- Barclays/Nets Community Alliance Funds Hematology and Oncology Program at Camp Sunshine for Brooklyn, N.Y. Families

03/20/2012 -- 17th Annual Moonlight Charity Challenge at Shawnee Peak Raises $23,000 for Camp Sunshine

03/12/2012 -- Maine Runner Launches Grueling Program to Run 500 Miles in March to Raise Money for Camp Sunshine

02/29/2012 -- C.J. Sweeney’s Auldwood Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Saturday, March 10 at West Beach in Stamford, Conn.

02/23/2012 -- Colin’s Crew Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Saturday at the Savin Rock Conference Center Beach in West Haven, Conn.

02/09/2012 -- Portland Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Saturday, February 11 at East End Beach in Portland, Maine

01/31/2012 -- A.J.’s New Jersey Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Avenue Beach Club in Long Branch, N.J.

01/24/2012 -- Colin’s Crew Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Savin Rock Conference Center Beach in West Haven, Conn.

01/09/2012 -- Wachusett Mountain Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Saturday, Jan. 21 at Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort

12/27/2011 -- Camp Sunshine Chosen by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation for $10,000 Gift this Holiday Season

12/14/2011 -- Coney Island Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for New Year’s Day, NYC Businesses Encouraged to Form Teams

11/14/2011 -- Pumpkin Festival Raises More Than $50,000 for Camp Sunshine to Benefit Children and Families in Need

10/06/2011 -- Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival, Featuring 6,000 Lit Jack-o-Lanterns, to Benefit Children and Families in Need

09/23/2011 -- Camp Sunshine Receives Highest Rank Among Maine Charities for Financial Oversight and Transparency from Nation’s Largest Charity Evaluator

08/19/2011 -- Camp Sunshine Receives $400,000 Donation from Tropical Smoothie Café

08/08/2011 -- MEDIA ADVISORY: Camp Sunshine to Receive $400,000 from Tropical Smoothie Cafe at Event Tuesday in Casco

07/19/2011 -- MEDIA ADVISORY: Former Patriots CB Roland James and Patriots Charitable Foundation to Visit Families with Children Battling Life-Threatening Illnesses at Camp Sunshin in Casco, Maine on Wednesday (July 20)

06/15/2011 -- Camp Sunshine Volunteer Joseph Cerato Receives New England Patriots Community MVP Award

09/03/2010 -- Camp Sunshine Named a Recipient of $100,000 "Hope Grant" From Hyundai Hope on Wheels

01/21/2010 -- Maine Runner Blaine Moore Entering Grueling Homestretch of Goal to Log 500 Miles in January to Raise Money for Camp Sunshine

01/07/2010 -- First Annual Wachusett Mountain Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Sat., Jan. 23 at Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort

12/22/2009 -- New York Cares Coat Drive Joins Coney Island Polar Dip Fundraiser for Camp Sunshine on New Year’s Day

12/18/2009 -- Outpouring of Support Helps Camp Sunshine Meet New Balance Foundation's $250,000 Matching Challenge

12/07/2009 -- Camp Sunshine Receives $55,000 from Wal-Mart Foundation to Support Retreat for Sick Children and Their Families

12/01/2009 -- Camp Sunshine Making Progress, But Still Needs $50,000 in New Balance Foundation's $250,000 Matching Challenge

11/25/2009 -- Fourth Annual Coney Island Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for New Year’s Day at Coney Island

02/16/2009 -- Camp Sunshine Kicks Off 25th Anniversary with $250,000 Matching Challenge from the New Balance Foundation

01/26/2009 -- Shawnee Peak’s Moonlight Charity Challenge Ski-A-Thon on Feb. 6 in Bridgton to Benefit Camp Sunshine

01/15/2009 -- Camp Sunshine’s Maine Polar Dip Set for Feb. 7 at East End Beach in Portland

11/25/2008 -- Camp Sunshine Chosen as Co-Beneficiary of Riverview Foundation's "Kids who Care" Kick-a-Thon

10/21/2008 -- Camp Sunshine's Maine Pumpkin Festival Can't Be Topped for 2008

10/20/2008 -- Camp Sunshine's Boston Pumpkin Festival Amasses 15,000 Lit Jack-o-Lanterns, Raises Awareness and Thousands of Dollars for Good Cause

10/16/2008 -- Camp Sunshine Gearing Up for Another World Record Attempt at Boston Pumpkin Festival on Saturday

10/15/2008 -- Thousands of Heart-Carved Pumpkins will Glow in Celebration of Life at Camp Sunshine's Boston Pumpkin Festival on Saturday

10/08/2008 -- Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival Raises $100,000 for National Retreat for Sick Children and Their Families

10/03/2008 -- Camp Sunshine's Boston Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 18 Seeks to Break World Record for Lit Jack-o-Lanterns

10/02/2008 -- New York Pumpkin Festival in Central Park on Oct. 25 to Feature Huge Pumpkin Tower Display - Thousands of Lit Jack-o-Lanterns

09/25/2008 -- Ten Wal-Mart Stores in Region Hosting Charity Pumpkin Carving Events This Saturday in Pursuit of World Record

09/22/2008 -- Camp Sunshine's Pumpkin Festival in Maine This Saturday Seeks to Break World Record for Lit Jack-O-Lanterns

09/10/2008 -- Camp Sunshine Receives Award for Sound Fiscal Management, Outperforming Most Charities in America

08/27/2008 -- Camp Sunshine Awarded $35,000 Grant from Wal-Mart Foundation to Support More Families

02/05/2007 -- Camp Sunshine Receives $35,000 Raised from 12th Annual Moonlight Charity Challenge at Shawnee Peak

01/31/2007 -- Camp Sunshine Announces 2007 Programs

01/08/2007 -- Shaw Brothers Construction Pledges $250,000 to Camp Sunshine to Help Expand Facilities and Program

10/24/2006 -- Jack-o-Lantern Lighting Events Set Guinness World Record and Raise Nearly $500,000 for Camp Sunshine

08/28/2006 -- Hancock Lumber and Hancock Family Members Pledge $100,000 to Camp Sunshine

08/08/2006 -- Hannaford Charitable Foundation Pledges $50,000 to Camp Sunshine

06/29/2006 -- 'Life is Good' for Camp Sunshine, Thanks to T-shirt Purchase by Harvard Pilgrim

06/23/2006 -- Camp Sunshine Among the Most Fiscally Responsible Non-Profits in the Country

06/10/2006 -- TD Banknorth Commits $200,000 to Camp Sunshine to Help Expand Programs for Families of Sick Children

05/22/2006 -- New Balance Foundation Commits $250,000 to Camp Sunshine to Help Expand Year-Round Programs

05/16/2006 -- Camp Sunshine Announces Summer 2006 Program

05/08/2006 -- Camp Sunshine Announces $14.5 Million Endowment Campaign