Our History

Our history

Our Mission

Sunrise Day Camp-Staten Island is a program of the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island and is a proud member of the Sunrise Association.

Our mission is to bring back the joys of childhood to children with cancer and their siblings world-wide, through the creation of Day Camps, Year-Round Programs and In-Hospital Recreational Activities, all offered free of charge.

The Dream Becomes Reality

Sunrise Association Day Camps began as a “dream” of Arnie Preminger, President & CEO of the Sunrise Association.  After attending a benefit concert for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (a sleep-away camp for children with life-threatening illnesses), the dreaming began.  Having built and operated summer day camps for more than 30 years at the Friedberg JCC, Arnie researched the existence of summer-long day camps for children with cancer, but to his surprise, found none.

Opened in 2016

Sunrise Day Camp-Staten Island opened its doors in 2016. 

But Sunrise is more than just a camp. It’s a place that allows children with cancer and their siblings to be just kids. It is a creative, safe, healthy, supportive and fun-filled community where peers who have a similar and shared experience are supervised by a dedicated and trained staff who are keenly aware of their unique needs. And our year- round and in-hospital programs ensure that our kids are cared for all throughout the year, and while they are being treated in-hospital.

Our Camps

Aurora Day Camp • Atlanta, GA

Horizon Day Camp • Baltimore, MD

Horizon Day Camp  •  Metro DC

Sunrise Day Camp • Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Sunrise Day Camp • Chicago, IL

Sunrise Day Camp • Greater Philadelphia

Sunrise Day Camp • Long Island, NY

Sunrise Day Camp • Pearl River, NY

Sunrise Day Camp • Staten Island, NY

Sunrise Israel • Be’er Sheva, Israel

Sunrise Israel • Beit Yehoshuah, Israel

Sunrise Israel • Ramat Yochanan, Israel

SunriseVX • Virtual Experience