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Camp Sunrise

Camp SunriseCome Camping This Summer!

2018 Summer Camper Application
Download to complete application in Acrobat Reader.
Then print, sign and return to YouthCARE

Summer Adult Staff Position | Camp Sunrise Volunteer Opportunities

A crew (8 campers 13-18 years old and 2 adult leaders) in the
last stretch of their three-day canoe trip on the St. Croix River.

2018 Sessions

What to Bring to Camp

Session 1: Boys
Saturday, June 16-
Friday, June 22

Session 2: Girls
Saturday, June 23-
Friday, June 29

Session 3: Boys
Saturday, June 30-
Friday, July 6

Session 4: Girls
Saturday, July 7-
Friday, July 13

Session 5: Co-ed
Saturday, July 14-
Friday, July 20

Session 6: Co-ed
Saturday, July 21-
Friday, July 27

Session 7: Co-ed
Saturday, July 29-
Thursday, Aug. 2

Call the YouthCARE office for an application (612) 338-1233 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About the Program

Camp Sunrise, a program of YouthCARE, is a year-round outdoor education program and camping facility. Camp Sunrise is located on 279 acres along the St. Croix River near Rush City, Minnesota, about 60 miles north of the Twin Cities. During the summer month’s camp offers one- and two-week long sessions and serves 38-40 youth per week. Activities offered include canoe trips, arts and crafts, fun STEM activities and state park field trips.

  • Who can attend? Youth ages 13-18 from Minneapolis & St. Paul
  • Cost? Free
  • How long is each session? Camp sessions are from Saturday-Friday
  • Registration is open and is first come first serve so register early!
  • Questions? Call Isiah Jones, camp director, at (612) 338-1233 ex.15 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Awards and Recognition

In addition to numerous media features, Camp Sunrise has received significant recognition for its impact on the community over the years.

  • 2014 Certificate of Recognition from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton for participation in the Adopt-a-River program on the St. Croix River
  • 2008 Access to the Outdoors Award from the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota
  • 2000 Nonprofit Mission Award for Anti-Racism from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • 1993 National Park Service Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding contributions to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
  • 1991 American Red Cross Community Service Award
  • 1990 Minnesota Clean River Project Certificate of Commendation from Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich
  • 1989 President's Environmental Youth Award from President George H. Bush
  • 1988 VIP Volunteers in Parks Program from St. Croix Wild and Scenic River
  • 1987 President's Citation for Private Sector Initiatives from President Ronald Reagan
  • 1986 Distinguished Service Award from the Mayor of Minneapolis
  • 1985 Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence from the Fund for the Advancement of Camping