Camp Sunshine Seeks New Host Parks
Camp Sunshine International, a non-profit organization inspired by the successful Camp Sunshine program in Casco, Maine, seeks RV park and campground program hosts to help provide valuable “family vacations” to critically ill children and their families across the U.S. and Canada, according to a news release.
In 1984, Dr. Larry Gould, owner of Point Sebago Resort in Casco, hosted 43 families of critically ill children at his RV resort. Recognizing the importance and impact of this one-week family camp experience on the families as well as the park staff, Dr. Gould opened his park facility six weeks a year in the slower shoulder seasons of spring and fall to host Camp Sunshine programs. In 2002, a permanent campus at Point Sebago was completed, allowing families access to week-long programs throughout the year.
Endeavoring to expand this important service, Camp Sunshine partnered with Yogi Bear Jellystone Resort in Wisconsin and Rincon Country RV Resorts in Arizona to provide pilot programs modeled after the flourishing Camp Sunshine agenda to needy families in the Midwest and Southwest. Their success demonstrated that this program could be replicated worldwide, providing affected families a meaningful respite, while making an enormous difference in their lives.
Camp Sunshine International was formed in 2005 with the objective of offering regional programs in campgrounds and resorts worldwide so that every child with a life-threatening illness and his or her family could attend a program within commuting distance.
To meet this goal, Camp Sunshine International seeks program hosts. RV parks and campgrounds that are interested in hosting this life changing program (and meet the hosting criteria) will be provided with in-depth support and training.
Parks interested in learning more about working with Camp Sunshine International may contact Executive Director Eric Lake at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Gorin at David@CampgroundBusiness.com.