Camp Sunrise

COVID-19 Update: Camp Sunrise

We are pleased to notify you that WE WILL offer Camp Sunrise this summer. This summer camp will look extremely different from our traditional program. We ask that you review the plans below before making a decision if it will be a good fit for your child.  Here are some of the known details at this point:

  • The location of Camp Sunrise is still TBD. Children will be placed in groups of no more than 10 with each group having 2 staff assigned to their group. These groups will be completely self-contained and not mix with other groups. Right now, we are allowed to have 30 kids enrolled in camp. We will be applying for a waiver to allow us to have up to 50.
  • Each group will have a dedicated indoor space that will not be shared among groups.
  • There will be no field trips initially and free swim will also be cancelled at the beginning of the summer and only resumed if deemed safe by the health department and all parents are notified.  
  • Staff will plan indoor and outdoor activities to keep campers engaged throughout the day.
  • We will utilize technology to allow for “virtual” interaction among the groups in the different spaces.  
  • The cost of camp will remain the same (while there may not initially be field trips, additional supply costs and costs for PPE and increased cleaning will be incurred).
  • We will not be able to provide daily transportation given State guidelines. Anyone registered for daily transportation will be refunded for this portion of camp.

Camp Sunrise will also follow all state guidelines for safety in day camps including:

  • Maximum group size of 10 children with no mixing of groups (as indicated above)
  • Daily Health screenings of staff and campers including temperature checks with an infrared thermometer
  • All staff will be required to wear masks or shields; campers are not required to do so 
  • Increased frequency in cleaning

We are still working out all the details and logistics behind these guidelines, confirming our location and developing additional safety protocols we are looking to put in place.  As soon as details are finalized, additional information will be posted.

Program Overview

Camp Sunrise is sponsored and operated by the Parks and Recreation Departments in Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Newington, Glastonbury and Cromwell. In summer, 2020, Camp will run from June 22-August 7. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. The program will meet at the Naubuc School. Each group participates in a variety of activity periods each day which include games, sports, art and crafts, nature walks and field trips. You may sign your child up for anywhere from one to seven weeks. There will be no camp on July 3rd. Dates are subject to change based on school cancellation days.

A typical camp day consists of several planned activity periods throughout the day including sports, nature, arts and crafts and special events. Campers will swim at the Addison outdoor pool and your weekly schedule for camp will detail on which days your child swims. Please make sure your child brings a lunch every day (except where noted) and a towel and bathing suit on days they are swimming. 

Camp Sunrise Criteria Checklist
Camp Sunrise has established criteria to safeguard all personnel and program participants. With this, the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department, as well as the Camp Sunrise staff, can provide safe, fun and enjoyable leisure experiences to all of its participants. Carefully read over the criteria and be certain that your child is qualified to apply for the Camp Sunrise program. 

  • Applicant must have some form of Physical, Intellectual, Developmental, and/or Other Health Impairment.
  • Applicant must have a reported educational or medical diagnosis.
  • Applicant must be a resident of Glastonbury, Rocky Hill, Cromwell, Wethersfield or Newington.
  • Applicant must be fully independent (or able to work with assistance from a high school age volunteer) unless the Parent/Guardian or Outside Agency provides a paraprofessional, nurse’s aide or nurse.
  • Applicant must have an acceptable Teacher Assessment Profile (See Teacher Assessment Profile for what is acceptable). Behavior must be manageable by recreational staff and should not hinder or interfere with other participants’ recreational opportunities and/or experiences.

EXCEPTION: Camp Sunrise will accept applicants who meet the following criteria established for the Camp Sunrise program. These participants will be required to complete all paperwork and pay an increased weekly fee for camp.

  • Applicant is a typical child and is a sibling of another camper or child of a staff member.

Registration packets can be picked up at the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department, 2143 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or the Parks and Recreation Department of a participating Town. CLICK HERE to download the application. REGISTRATION BEGINS TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2020. Checks should be made payable to "Camp Sunrise". If possible, full payment with registration is encouraged. While there is no registration deadline, early registration is recommended since the program does fill quickly. RETURN COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO:

C/O Glastonbury Parks and Recreation
2155 Main Street PO Box 6523
Glastonbury, CT 06033

The cost of Camp Sunrise is $135/Week; $165/Week (Typical Sibling). The fee cannot be prorated for the number of days your child will attend per week. Admission for all field trips, as well as juice for the morning and juice for lunch is included in the cost. A minimum deposit of fifty percent (50%) is required at the time of registration. There is a separate fee for transportation to and from camp (see Transportation).

Refund Policy
Please review your registrations carefully:

  • Refunds will be automatic is a program is canceled.
  • To avoid classes being canceled at the last minute due to insufficient enrollment and in order to accommodate waiting lists in a timely fashion, refund requests must be made no later than five (5) business days before the program begins. Refund request received after this point will be subject to a $10 processing fee.
  • Refunds cannot be given on trips, special events, facility reservations and passes.
  • Refunds are generally not given once a program has begun, however, in the event of injury or illness, a refund request will be considered if accompanied by a doctor's note.
  • Registrations processed by credit card will be credited to the card used. All other refunds generally take 2-4 weeks to process.

Health & Medical Forms
Each camper is required to submit a completed “Camp Sunrise Health Form” prior to his/her arrival at camp. A doctor must perform the required medical exam. If your child will require medication during the camp day, you must also complete the "Authorization for the Administration of Medication Form" enclosed.

Camper Assessment
Please give the camper assessment profile to your child's teacher to be completed and returned with your application. Information in the form will be used to establish proper group placement for your child.

Transportation for field trips is provided for ALL campers. Daily transportation to and from camp is provided from each Town at a cost of $25/week. If you elect to receive transportation, and have questions regarding pick-up and drop-off locations, please contact the appropriate person from your town below:

Parks & Recreation

Anna Park

Natalie Morrison

Rocky Hill
Livia Jacobs

Karen Gallicchio

The Staff
Camp Sunrise consists of a Director who oversees all of the groups and maintains communication with the Parks and Recreation Department. The Assistant Director reports to the Director and assists each of the Group Leaders with daily tasks and coordinates all volunteers. Campers are grouped by age and ability into different groups. Each of these groups has their own Group Leader and share an Assistant Group Leader. We also utilize many high school age volunteers throughout the summer. New this year, Camp Sunrise will have a part-time nurse to assist with campers that require medication, tube feeding and management of other medical conditions. The camper to staff ratio is usually around 5:1. Our staff consists of college age or older individuals who have had experience working with special needs children. Many of our staff members are studying to be teachers or special educators. The Director and Assistant Director are certified in first aid, CPR and medication administration. All staff has received “PMT (Physical/Psychological Management Training)”.

Schedule of Activities
Typical activities include arts and crafts, swimming, sports and other special event activities. A weekly schedule will be e-mailed, brought home with your camper on the first day of each week of camp and posted to this website after camp begins. It contains important information regarding field trips, special events, etc. It is essential that you read through the information thoroughly, as specific requirements may differ for each trip. Prior to the beginning of camp, you will also receive a program calendar that covers all seven weeks of camp and details swimming days when your child should bring a bathing suit, towel and change of clothes. We strongly suggest that campers apply sunscreen in the morning prior to camp. Additionally, we encourage campers to have spray sunblock (minimum SPF 15) with them at camp at all times as campers are outside on a regular basis. We are unable to apply topical sunscreen.

Campers, staff and volunteers will be bussed to and from Addison pool for swimming as listed on their weekly schedules. This is a free swim and does not include any formal lessons. You must send your child to camp with a towel, bathing suit, and change of clothes on any day they have swimming on their schedule. Most Group Leaders and volunteers will be in the water with the campers. Those campers with little or no swimming ability will be in the shallow end with swimming aids and one to one assistance from camp staff/volunteers or in the wading pool. Campers with a higher swimming ability may swim in the deep end of the pool. Certified lifeguards ensure safety at the pool with support from our staff. If your child is not toilet trained or is prone to accidents, they MUST wear swim diapers.

Field Trips
Campers will attend at least one group field trip per week. There is typically also one whole camp field trips each week. Parents/ Guardians are encouraged to attend any field trips, but you must provide your own transportation and admission costs. You may call Camp Sunrise to obtain directions and expected arrival information. All field trip days are detailed in your weekly schedule. Transportation by school bus and/or van is provided to and from all field trips.

Last Week of Camp
The last week of camp is devoted to color games which are similar to camp Olympics. There are no field trips that week. The last day of camp is a half day (11:45 a.m. dismissal) to prepare for the end of camp banquet.

Additional Fees
On occasion trips may suggest additional fees to cover the cost of items for special events/activities (i.e., ice cream, pizza, etc.) These are always optional and for those who choose to participate. Additional spending money for off-site activities is not required, but is recommended. Please put a note in your child’s backpack if you are sending money for a specific reason. Please be as detailed as possible with correspondence.

Camper Shirts
All campers will receive 1 Camp Sunrise shirt which corresponds with the color of their group. This is a thank you for registering, as well as a safety measure. We ask that campers wear their camp shirts on all field trip days. Additional shirts are available for purchase at a cost of $10/shirt ($12 for XXL or Larger).

Progress Notes
Each week, your child’s Group Leader will send home at least 1 note to let you know how your child is doing at camp. These notes are meant to keep you informed of special things that have happened at camp. Please make sure to check their bags on a daily basis. Staff has many responsibilities throughout the day. If you have specific concerns, have sent something with your child to camp for a specific purpose or would like more feedback from staff, please contact camp directly. Progress notes are NOT meant to be the only communication between parents and staff and will only provide a snapshot of the weekly activities.

Campers must bring lunch to camp every day. If your child has special dietary concerns, please indicate so on your application. Fruit juice for lunch and snack will be provided.

Camp Sunrise Phone and Phone Numbers
All phone contact with the camp should be directed through the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department prior to the start of camp at (860)652-7679. For questions related specifically to transportation, contact your local Parks and Recreation Department. The Camp Sunrise Phone will not be activated until the start of camp. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THAT NUMBER UNTIL CAMP BEGINS!

  •  Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department (Anna Park) (860)652-7679 (Press 5)

Camp Sunrise Pre-Camp Parent/Camper Orientation
Stay tuned for details!