Why we’re different
Arizona Camp Sunrise was one of the first camps in the world specifically designed to serve children with cancer. In 1983, 23 cancer patients and a staff of eight journeyed to the White Mountains of northern Arizona for the inaugural camp and it became an annual event. In 1985, Arizona Camp Sunrise relocated to the R-C Scout Ranch northeast of Payson, AZ. Within five years of the move, we recognized the important role of our Camp in serving the entire family. In 1988, the Sidekicks program were developed specifically for the siblings of children with cancer, as well as a Family Day Camp to serve children under the age of 8. Today, the programs of Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks are improving the quality-of-life to more than 200 children each year affected by pediatric cancer.
Our Camp Programs & Activities
For more than 30 years, Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks has consistently been recognized as a leader and innovator in pediatric oncology quality-of-life programming. By providing events throughout the year, having fun isn’t limited to summer months. Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks helps to make sure children with cancer don’t have to wait long for their next great experience.