Childhood Cancer Sucks Run/Walk 2016

Over 15,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year. Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation helps kids affected by a cancer diagnosis with year-round programming, including week-long camps, weekend retreats, day camp, and family camp. Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks offers special programs for children who have or have had cancer, and their brothers and sisters. Fun is the main goal of our programs, with the special needs and safety of those children our top priority.

Come join us for a family friendly Run/Walk to help our kids fight cancer The race will be manually timed with age group awards and a raffle afterwards!

Local runners: We will provide you with a Road ID bib when you arrive. Check in starts at 6:00 am on Saturday, Aug 20th in the parking lot at Road Runner Sports Tempe. The store is located at Tempe Marketplace 43 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281. The race is scheduled to start at 7:00 am, so please arrive early! Water and snacks are provided and your beautiful suncatcher finisher medal will be awarded after the run.

Virtual Race option: Can’t make the date? Choose your own day/time to Run Your Race run on your own to earn your medal, simply report your time. The deadline to complete your race is the end of the race month.

We also offer high quality tech shirts on our web site, so you may show your support proudly. Please visit http://runyourraceaz.com to see the available styles.

Contact Email: Shawn1340@cox.net or call (602) 722-6503

DBacks Pediatric Cancer Awareness Game

It’s that time of year again!! The Pediatric Cancer Awareness game is coming up on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 5:10pm, the Dbacks will be taking on the Dodgers. Camp is selling tickets for $28.00. The Dbacks will be donating $6 for each ticket we sell back to camp! And, with your ticket you will receive a Go Gold Dbacks T-shirt. To get tickets, please contact Barb Nicholas at barb.nicholas@azcampsunrise.org. See the attached flyer for more details. And please feel free to pass the flyer on to anyone you think would be interested in going to the game. Let’s turn Chase Field gold! Come on out and support camp and cheer on the home team!
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Camp Sunrise 2016 – Day 5

The week might be winding down here at Camp Sunrise 2016, but the excitement is ramping up!

Today was the second to last day of classes, with campers enjoying some Science, Outdoor Games, and even a hike to the top of the mountain. At the end of classes, an afternoon activity involving Westerns and Fantasies was enjoyed by all before everyone prepped for dinner.

With the campers and staff in their best story-based costumes, our Leaders-in-Training hosted a night of fine Italian dining, followed by our world-famous dance. DJ Falling Rock and Mix Master Keegs spun tracks well into the night, giving our Sunrise campers the ultimate opportunity to Celebrate Life.

You don’t think the Snurf would’ve dared make an appearance at the dance though right?

Tomorrow is the last full day of Sunrise, and another full day of activities awaits!

Camp Sunrise 2016 – Day 4

Although today might be Wednesday, here at Camp Sunrise we call it Lake Day! After another wonderful breakfast from our kitchen staff, our campers loaded up the buses and headed off to Willow Springs Lake. The campers took advantage of a warm, sunny day by hiking, swimming, fishing, and filling the lake with canoes!

Upon arrival back at Camp, outreach teams from Nike and Storybook Entertainment were waiting to provide the campers with an afternoon of fun activities. Nike played a myriad of outdoor games with the kids, while Storybook sent Princesses Leia and Jasmine to hang out with the campers.

In case that was not enough, we wound down the evening with a movie and popcorn, before the campers mosied back to their bunks after our most active day yet!

Tomorrow is one of our camper’s favorite days, as DJ Falling Rock and Mix Master Keegs light up the night at the annual Camp Dance!

I wonder how the Snurf is enjoying his week? Follow the whole story on YouTube!

Camp Sunrise 2016 – Day 3

Camp Sunrise woke up to another beautiful, sunny day today! After breakfast, the campers continued their adventures in their classes, experiencing everything from Drama, to Dodgeball, to Movie Making.

The weather cooperated this afternoon, allowing the world-famous Jell-O War to commence without any interruption. The campers spent 30 minutes throwing Jell-O to their hearts’ content! The campers encountered a special surprise as the Christopher-Kohls Fire Department hosed down everyone and the sticky situation left over from the Jell-O War.

The senior campers ventured out on their Senior Overnight on the Mogollian Rim where they watched the sun set over the valley before setting up a traditional camp site. As the seniors were camping, our juniors enjoyed a night of S’more Making and a ton science and physics experiments in the dining hall.

We are calling it an early night here at Camp Sunrise in order to be well rested for Lake Day tomorrow!

Camp Sunrise 2016 – Day 2

Day 2 of Arizona Camp Sunrise is in the books!

After breakfast, the campers ventured off to their first day of classes. In addition to traditional favorites like fishing, hiking, and archery, this year’s campers enjoyed classes like Outdoor Games, Lego Master Builders, and Spy Camp.

The afternoon brought a wet and wild Water Day, thanks to a mountain of water balloons, frozen t-shirts, and a make-shift Car Wash.

After drying off and enjoying some cabin camaraderie, the campers descended on the fire pit for a night of singing, dancing, an good old fashioned camp fun.

Until tomorrow, good night from AZ Camp Sidekicks! Remember to check out Facebook for updates throughout the week!

Also, here’s the next episode of Storytime with Uncle Bob! Subscribe to our YouTube channel for real time updates.

Camp Sunrise 2016 – Day 1

Our AZ Camp Sunrise campers arrived at R-C Ranch in Payson, AZ this morning, and wow, what a day! Day One has been filled with lots of excitement and adventure. The campers were escorted to camp by the ACE Corvette Club and greeted with a full-day planned with cabin activities, camp tours, group activities, and of course getting their iconic lanyard photos taken.

This week’s theme is “Adventure is out there,” a wild and wooly ride through storytelling and adventure. We kicked off the theme with a rousing edition of Storytime with Uncle Bob (featuring a cameo from Lizard), and wound down the night with each cabin group imagining and creating their very own cabin characters and mascots.

The campers might be falling asleep in their bunks, but we are already looking forward to another full day tomorrow and lots of sunshine!

This week, follow along on YouTube as we tell the story of the Snurf who Snarfed Camp Sunrise!

Camp Sidekicks 2016 – Day 6

As the 2016 edition of AZ Camp Sidekicks comes to an end, we look back on an incredible week. Our Sidekicks enjoyed a day at the lake, a day filled with water activities, several field days, a myriad of classes, a night of dancing, and so much more!

Today, we capped off the week with two of our favorite activities! After the final set of daily classes, the campers and counselors put on their finest clothing for the world-renowned Jell-O War. Only at AZ Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks can you launch Jello at your closest friends!

Finally, the night wound down with Chuck Roast hosting our camper talent show! All the cabin groups shared their incredible talents with camp. Special appearances from the comedy and dance classes helped bring the night to a close.

But you can never forget the Rootbeer Float Social hosted by the Spiders!

Once again, Camp Sidekicks proved that Cancer can’t keep any of us down. It can’t keep our Sidekicks from smiling and laughing. Camp Sidekicks is a very special place where kids can be kids, and we celebrate life every day!

Until next year!

Camp Sidekicks 2016 – Day 5

The week might be winding down here at Camp Sidekicks 2016, but the excitement is ramping up!

Today was the second to last day of classes, with campers enjoying some basketball, ultimate frisbee, and even a hike to the top of the mountain. At the end of classes, an afternoon activity involving Westerns and Fantasies before everyone prepped for dinner.

thumb_DSC02451_1024With the campers and staff in their best story-based costumes, our Leaders-in-Training hosted a night of fine Italian dining, followed by our world-famous dance. DJ Falling Rock and Mix Master Keegs spun tracks well into the night, giving our Sidekicks the ultimate opportunity to Celebrate Life.

Tomorrow is the last full day of camp for our Sidekicks, and another full day of activities awaits!

Camp Sidekicks 2016 – Day 4

Although today might be Tuesday, here at Camp Sidekicks we call it Lake Day! After another wonderful breakfast from our kitchen staff, our campers loaded up the buses and headed off to Willow Springs Lake. The campers took advantage of a warm, sunny day by hiking, swimming, fishing, and filling the lake with canoes. Not even the early afternoon wind could deter the fun!

Upon arrival back at Camp, outreach teams from Nike and Beads of Courage were waiting to provide the campers with an afternoon of fun activities. Nike played a myriad of outdoor games with the kids, while Beads of Courage helped the kids make symbolic jewelry.

In case that was not enough, we wound down the evening with a movie and popcorn, before the campers mosied back to their bunks after our most active day yet!

Tomorrow is one of our camper’s favorite days, as DJ Falling Rock and Mix Master Keegs light up the night at the annual Camp Dance!

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