About Us

Since 1922, Rochester Rotary Sunshine Camp has provided a summer camp where children with disabilities can simply have fun, without any barriers. Today, this 157-acre camp in Rush, N.Y. meets the needs of thousands of children with disabilities and their families. Every year, more than 2,500 kids get the chance to enjoy a camping experience that they cannot get anywhere else.

Pretty much any activity a child wants to do at summer camp is here. A climbing wall … splash pad … archery … boating … fishing … mini golf … swimming … arts and crafts … digital photography … music … nature trails … and other sports. One of the most exciting adventures for many kids is riding the zip line through the woods. The newest attractions are “My Treehouse” and the Gizzi Family Sensory Center, which features a variety of activities to stimulate the visual, hearing, smell, touch and taste senses.

While at the camp, kids with disabilities get the chance to just be kids. And their parents get a much-deserved respite as well.

For two weeks every summer, the Rochester Rotary Club offers the Sunshine Camp to children with disabilities for free, thanks to generous contributions from Rochester Rotarians and from the community. During the rest of the summer, the camp is enjoyed by campers from our partner agencies.

If you are interested in applying for the Sunshine Camp please complete our online application or contact Brandi Koch,Sunshine Camp Director, at (585) 533-2080 x103 or via e-mail at brandi@rochesterrotary.org.

No Disability is Too Complex

Our staff members are experienced and highly trained to work with children facing all kinds of physical challenges. The types of disabilities we serve include:

  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Asthma/Allergies
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Head injury
  • Hearing, Speech or Visual impairments
  • Heart conditions
  • Learning disabilities
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Seizure disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Terminal illness