Prizm News / June 12, 2018 / By Bob Vitale
Photo by SnowRowe, courtesy of Camp Sunrise

Advances against HIV transmission to children mean fewer campers have been attending; Flying Horse Farms to host kids starting in 2019.

 

(Correction: Because of a source’s error, the original version of this story stated that in the last two years, only four and six children attended Camp Sunrise. That is actually the number of children living with HIV who attended the annual camp.) 

 

By Bob Vitale

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After 24 summers of arts and crafts, swimming and sports, campfires, talent shows and pool parties, the sun will set on Ohio’s Camp Sunrise after this year’s session in August.

Equitas Health says its decision to close the annual camp for children affected by HIV/AIDS comes “with mixed emotions.” While the experience allowed young people ages 6 to 17 to make friends and enjoy a week free of the stigma surrounding their condition, officials say vertical transmission—transmission of the virus at birth—has been nearly eradicated.

Camp Sunrise has hosted as many as 100 children yearly over its history. During the last two summers, only six and four campers living with HIV attended.

This year’s session is scheduled for July 29-Aug. 4 at Recreation Unlimited in the Delaware County village of Ashley. Starting in 2019, Equitas says, children living with HIV/AIDS will be invited to a week at Flying Horse Farms, a camp in Morrow County for children with serious illnesses.

“While we are thrilled with this milestone (of declining transmission to children), we recognize that those children who do live with HIV are no less in need of this unique camp experience,” an Equitas Health statement reads.

Equitas Health is the publisher of Prizm and PrizmNews.com.

In celebration of Camp Sunrise and its legacy, a reunion celebration of former campers and counselors has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 1. A memory book also is planned; share your Camp Sunrise memories or experiences at campsunrise@equitashealth.com.

Bob Vitale
Bob Vitale is the editor of Prizm. A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, he has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield. Contact: BobVitale@prizmnews.com