Camp Sunshine

In 1994 a small group of parents and board members of the ASCC began discussion about the need for a summer program for children with autism. In the summer of 1996, their vision became a reality when Camp Sunshine opened its doors in the youth home of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church.   That same year, Camp Sunshine received the prestigious “Program of Excellence Award” from the NC Council of Community Programs.

Since 1999, Camp Sunshine Summer Developmental Day Program has been held in various school locations of the Cumberland County School system.  It provides an academic program with individualized goals for each camper to prevent the loss of skills during the summer break from school.  In addition, it offers recreational activities and field trips which provide opportunities for social development as well as emphasizing appropriate behaviors in the community.  Equally as important, it provides much needed respite for parents and caregivers.

Camp Sunshine serves children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ages 3-21.  It operates for 5-6 weeks each summer Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Applications are distributed electronically in the January issue of the ECHO newsletter and must be submitted by January 31. All applicants  must have an evaluation with a diagnosis of ASD and must reside in Cumberland County. Please contact the office for more information at (910) 826-3004/3005.