David Black, Founder of Camp Sonshine

David Black, Founder

When David Black was a freshman in college, he wanted to start a camp that was more than just a “daycare” drop-off for busy parents. He thought, “What if there were a place where kids could have fun AND learn how to be successful in the journey of growing up?”.

So in 1981, David started Camp Sonshine right in his mom’s backyard. He and his sister Marsha were the counselors and about 20 kids showed up that first summer.

Fast-forward 30 years: parents are busier than ever, but Camp Sonshine has become a pillar in the community, providing a safe and unforgettable experience for thousands of kids every summer. 

Camp Sonshine creates fun memories where children and youth experience God’s love.

Camp Sonshine Mission

The Camp Sonshine Experience

Camp Sonshine is designed from top to bottom to provide a truly remarkable experience for campers. From the incredibly fun activities like go-karts and swimming, to the carefully selected staff, to the innovative programming, we strive to give each camper a safe and unforgettable summer. We handpick staff from all over the world who love working with children and who intentionally model the kind of behavior parents want their children to emulate.

Programs are tailored to meet the developmental needs of each age group and combine ridiculous amounts of fun with meaningful moments that kids remember. This is Camp Sonshine, a place unlike any other place on Earth!

Legendary People, Legendary Experience

The difference at Camp Sonshine- what brings our campers back year after year- is the special relationship between our staff and campers. We hire incredible individuals from across the United States and around the world who are committed to the development of each camper. In fact, we work closely with respected cultural exchange organizations in order to hire great staff who add a unique, international flavor to your child’s camp experience.

Our staff members know how to help children feel at home from the start, and are intentional as they encourage campers to trust in their abilities, grow, learn, and have fun in an upbeat, positive Christian environment. Above all, our staff members love children and have the determination to make a positive difference in the lives of children.

What sets us apart?

Trained Leadership – Camp Sonshine invests countless hours recruiting the very best counselors from all over the world. All of our counselors are pre-screened and spend over 100 hours in training before the summer begins.

Safety and Security – You can rest easy that your campers will be safe and secure with our trained leadership and quality programs. Camp Sonshine goes through great lengths to retain its accreditation while still maintaining its fun and exciting program.

Quality – We have won multiple awards throughout the years most recently being voted the “best summer camp in the Washington DC area”, by Red Tricycle.

Christian Values – We believe that every child should know that they are loved and cared for. Working together with our families Camp Sonshine strives to provide a safe and loving environment where children and experience God’s love.

Every part of our program was created to give your child an extraordinary experience. From our Trained Leadership you can trust, to our Safety and Security you can rest easy with, to our Quality you can count on, and our Christian Values you can believe in; we help children and families discover how great summer can be. In our 30 years, we believe we’ve found the recipe for success in an atmosphere where kids can explore, learn, and grow. Surrounded by unconditional love and acceptance, your children can be free to be themselves here!

With that in mind, our mission statement speaks volumes about what it is we do around here…

Camp Sonshine creates fun memories where children and youth experience God’s love.

At Camp Sonshine, a great staff means a great summer for parents and children.