Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness.
Team Telomere is thrilled to gather with our community at Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine, from May 25 to May 30, 2023!
Camp Sunshine is a unique opportunity to connect with the community, gain valuable knowledge, and build support networks.
Camp Sunshine hosts retreats that combine respite, recreation, and support. Team Telomere partnered with Camp Sunshine in 2010 to host camps for families impacted by Telomere Biology Disorders.
This bi-annual camp is free of charge for our community members. Children and adults can relax and connect with other community members through recreational activities. Each family has a suite equipped with two twin beds, bunk beds, a futon, a full bathroom, a microwave oven, and a refrigerator. Meals are provided in the dining room and are occasions for socializing and unwinding.
Additionally, medical professionals specializing in Telomere Biology Disorders attend these camps to provide information about TBDs according to their specialties. They are available for family consultations during the session.
Apply to Camp Sunshine
Applications can be downloaded from the Camp Sunshine website. All applications must be submitted directly to camp. Options for submission include by email Stephanie Feyler at firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 207-655-3825, or by mail to 35 Acadia Rd, Casco, ME 04015.
Camp Sunshine Frequently Asked Questions
What is Camp Sunshine?
With numerous TBD specialists on site, our global community coming together, and dedicated activities for those of all ages, Camp Sunshine is a truly unique opportunity to connect, gain valuable knowledge, and build support networks. Team Telomere has partnered with Camp Sunshine since 2010 to host retreats that combine respite, recreation, and support for families impacted by Telomere Biology Disorders.
How do I apply for Camp Sunshine?
Download/print application here. Please apply directly to Camp Sunshine. Options for submission include emailing email@example.com, mailing 35 Acadia Rd Casco, ME 04015, or fax 207-655-3825.
Please note that applications must be submitted by April 17! Get your application in today!
What if I need financial assistance to travel to camp?
Camp Sunshine has travel scholarships that they provide to applicants. Additionally, Team Telomere is working to ensure families impacted by Telomere Biology Disorders who want to attend Camp Sunshine can travel to camp without financial strain. We are awarding a limited number of travel scholarships. Apply here.
Who are the TBD specialists that will be on site?
Team Telomere works to bring together TBD specialists from a broad range of specialties that are relevant to our community. These professionals will deliver talks, be available for one-on-one conversations, and host a combined panel.
This year’s TBD specialists include those with expertise in hematology, hepatology, pulmonology, genetic counseling and family planning, psychosocial support, nutrition and wellness, cancer, pediatrics, adult care, young adult transition and care, rare disease advocacy, therapies, transplantation, and TBD research.
The full program will be published closer to the camp dates.
Is there an age limit to attend Camp?
This experience is open to all of our community members, including affected adults, children, siblings, spouses, and our bereaved community. From games, to crafts, to pool activities, support groups, live entertainment, educational sessions, and everything in between, there will be age-appropriate activities for every person in our community!
What are the lodging and meal logistics?
All lodging and meals are provided at camp. Each family or party is given their own private suite with a bedroom, a living area with bunk beds and pull-out futon, small refrigerator, microwave oven, and a private bath.
What if I have school or work conflicts?
We fully understand that our community may have school or work conflicts. The Team Telomere medical board can provide letters for requesting or explaining school/work absence.
Apply for a Travel Scholarship
Team Telomere is working to ensure families impacted by Telomere Biology Disorders who want to attend Camp Sunshine can travel to camp without financial strain. Thus, we are awarding a limited number of travel scholarships. Please complete the following form by May 1, 2023 to be considered for a travel scholarship.