Camp Sonrise is a summer day camp serving the community of Lancaster, Massachusetts and beyond. We provide a safe place for children to have fun, make new friends, and learn more about Jesus. Camp Sonrise is sponsored by South Lancaster Academy. Register Now


South Lancaster Academy
198 George Hill Road
South Lancaster, MA 01561

Located in Lancaster, with its picturesque woods and ponds, and across the street from Kilbourne Hill (a.k.a. Dexter Drumlin), which is favored among children for kite flying during summer and sledding during winter.


5 – 12

Camp Registration Fees

One Week $188
Extended morning (7:30–9:00 AM) $25
Extended evening (4:00–5:30 PM) $25

Our Staff

At Camp Sonrise, we are committed to hiring staff that not only provide a safe environment for your children, but also an enriching one. Our hope is that the Christian values taught and displayed by our staff will make a positive difference in the lives of our campers, and that each and every camper will view the Camp Sonrise staff as mentors and friends. In addition to our day camp training program, each of our staff members undergoes an extensive application process that includes government background checks. Our staff to camper ratio at Camp Sonrise is at least 1 to 5 for campers ages 5 and 6, and 1 to 10 for ages 7 to 12.

Joyce Malin, Program Director, is a retired art teacher from the Nashoba Regional School District. She is a Sabbath School teacher, mother of three sons, grammy of three grandsons and has been leading out with Pathfinders (similar to Scouts) for close to 25 years. She has many years of experience integrating and coordinating curriculum and plans a fun and varied experience for each week.

Lauren Jones, Assistant Director, has worked as a counselor at Camp Sonrise since 2011 and will continue to serve as the assistant director this year. She is an Elementary Education graduate of Fitchburg State University. As a member of the College Church, she has assisted in the kindergarten room. Her love of children in addition to her passion for God make her a well-qualified member of our staff. Lauren will run Monday registrations.

This camp complies with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and must be licensed by the local board of health.

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Week 1July 7-11
Insects in the Bible and Beyond
Field Trip The Butterfly Place

Week 2July 7-18
Critters in Pond and Stream
Field Trip Otter River State Forest Nature Center

Week 3July 21-25
God's Wonders in the Night Sky
Field TripAlden Digital Planetarium at the Ecotarium


Day Camp Hours 9 AM–4 PM
Extended Hours 7:30–9:00 AM
(for a fee) 4:00–5:30 PM


Each camper must bring his/her own lunch.


  • Outdoor games
  • Hikes
  • Cooking
  • Worship
  • Singing
  • Nature study
  • Stories
  • Art
  • Crafts
  • Sign language
  • Indoor games
  • Special guests
  • Swimming
  • And many more…

During Week 1, our theme is Insects in the Bible and Beyond. All kinds of insects are found in the BIble. From breathtakingly beautiful butterflies to creepy crawly things. Learn how God created and continues to use them. We will investigate them up close in the fields close to SLA. Campers will create their own insect sculpture out of mixed media. Our field trip will be to The Butterfly Place in Westford, MA.

During Week 2, we will explore Critters in Pond and Stream There is nothing better than getting your feet wet while exploring God's aquatic creation. We will visit local streams and ponds with nets. Learning to be good stewards of God's creation, we will do some conservation work along our waterway.. Our field trip will be to Otter River State Forest Nature Center and Bemis Pond

During Week 3, we will study God's Wonders in the Night Sky. So many stars and planets in the night sky. We will make constellation finders of our favorites. Our field trip will be to the Alden Digital Planetarium at the Ecotarium.

Contact Us

(978) 660-9279


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