California Alumni Association - Camper Send-off
2:00 PM14:00

California Alumni Association - Camper Send-off

Hello Californian alumni,

This summer we will be sending seven teenagers to Camp Rising Sun from California! You are warmly invited to a send-off party with our 2018 campers and their families.

As our campers are from different parts of California, we will be having two simultaneous events: one in the Bay Area and one in Los Angeles. Both parties will be from 2pm-5pm on Saturday, May 26th. Join us in congratulating our newest campers, sharing your camp stories, and maybe even singing a camp song or two! 

If you're in Northern California: The event will be hosted by Lila Mack ('15) and her family in Palo Alto.

If you're in Southern California: The event will be hosted by alumnus Eric Beckman and his wife Jaynee in Los Angeles.

If you are unable to attend in person but would be interested in joining a videoconference, let us know!

Please contact Sarah Uttermann-Merritt ( for more information.  


Connect with the CA alumni association by liking our page on Facebook:


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Minnesota Alumni Association - Day of Service
8:00 AM08:00

Minnesota Alumni Association - Day of Service

Please join the Minnesota Alumni for a Day of Service at the Center for Changing Lives (See more below)

We will meet at 2400 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis on Sunday the 28th of April at 8 AM, and volunteer until noon.

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Steve DomineDrew Smitz or Dan Pierpont.

Read more about what we will be doing:

Messiah Church and Lutheran Social Service of MN at the Center For Changing Lives build ridges that help individuals connect as human beings and create community. The Vision of LSS is that all people have the opportunity to live and work in the community with dignity, safety, and hope. The Center for Changing Lives offers a web of interconnected services for easy access – breaking down barriers between providers and resources and building a pathway to prosperity. The Food Pantry is a large part of that vision and relies on the support of volunteers to help provide a response to the many challenges faced by people
in the Phillips West neighborhood. 

Help is needed from 8:00 AM until noon on Saturday, April 28. Duties include setting out food items, bagging groceries, assisting people from the community who come, preparing & serving food, and helping with clean up (bilingual volunteers would be a great help).

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Maple Syrup Day 2018
10:00 AM10:00

Maple Syrup Day 2018

Camp is beautiful in the Spring! The trees are blooming, the pond is thawing, and summer is in sight. Join the CRS community to experience every step of making syrup from tapping the trees to bottling. This is a great activity for the whole family for what has become a CRS tradition. 

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NYAA Cocktail Party
3:00 PM15:00

NYAA Cocktail Party

  • We Work Times Square (entrance on 41st Street) (map)
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After the board meeting, come mingle with the board members and local New York alumni over drinks and snacks. Please note that the NYAA reunion, which has been held in January in the past, is now in April.  Use the entrance located on 41st Street.

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Alumni Weekend 2017
to Jul 23

Alumni Weekend 2017

We welcome alumni and friends to Camp Rising Sun for our annual Alumni Weekend. This weekend is perfect to reconnect with the CRS community. 

There will be a special welcome for these notable reunion classes, who can come for free. Email to receive a 100% discount code. 

CRS 1957: Celebrating 60 years
CRS 1967: Celebrating 50 years
CRS 1977: Celebrating 40 years
CRS 1987: Celebrating 30 years
CRS 1992: Celebrating 25 years
CRS 1997: Celebrating 20 years
CRS 2007: Celebrating 10 years
CRS 2012: Celebrating 5 years

Registration and pricing 

  • $200.00  -  Individual Package (Meals and a bed in a shared tent for the whole weekend)

  • $450.00  -  Two Adults (Meals and a private tent for 2 people)

  • $500.00  -  Family Package (Meals and accommodation in a tent, 2 adults and children 12 and under)

  • $125.00  -  Meals Only: Whole Weekend

  • $50.00  -  Saturday Only Pass including meals (Libby and Mandy Day)


(Schedule is subject to change)

Friday, July 21

5:00-6:00 PM: Guest check & Cocktails in the Camper’s Lounge

7:00 pm Dinner

8:15 PM- Board Games in the Dining Hall

Sleeping accommodations at Camp or at local hotel/B & B (your choice). A block of rooms are reserved at the newly renovated Rhinebeck Motel at $120 per night. Please call 845-876-5900 or email RESERVATIONS@RHINEBECKMOTEL.BIZ and mention you are with Camp Rising Sun.

Saturday, July 22 - Libby & Mandy Day

8:00-9:00 AM: Breakfast at Camp

9:15 AM-12:00 PM: Attend LAJF Board Meeting at Camp, pool will be open

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch & Libby & Mandy Day Program

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Instructions & Projects

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: SST (Self-structured Time), pool will be open

6:30 PM- 7:30 PM: Dinner

8:30 PM- 10:30 PM: Alumni Council 

Sleeping accommodations at Camp or at local hotel/ B & B (your choice). A block of rooms are reserved at the newly renovated Rhinebeck Motel at $120 per night. Please call 845-876-5900 or email RESERVATIONS@RHINEBECKMOTEL.BIZ and mention you are with Camp Rising Sun.

Sunday, July 23

9:00 AM- 10:00 AM: Breakfast at Camp or on your own

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM: Community Meeting

12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Lunch- either bag lunch or sit down

1:00 PM-3:00 PM: Trips to local Vineyard or Red Hook Golf Course or SST


Notable reunion year, Student, Committee Member discounts

20% Discount for active committee members. Email to receive the code if you are currently serving on a committee.

50% Discount for all full-time students! If students use the discount code, they will be asked to volunteer 3 hours of their time at the reunion. Please email to receive the code.

100% Discount for alumni celebrating notable reunion years (listed above). Email to receive the code.

Camp season staff will receive either a free individual package or meals only package. Email to receive the code if you will be on summer staff.

No one will be turned away if they cannot afford reunion. Please email Helene at

How to Get There

Camp Rising Sun Clinton
Rising Sun Lane 6
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
United States

By car: 

It is a two hour drive from New York City. If you are driving and have spare seats and would like to carpool, please let us know in the registration form. 

By train: 

The nearest train station to camp is Rhinecliff. There are trains to Rhinecliff from Penn Station (NYC). It is a 15 minute car ride from the train station to camp. We will provide rides from Rhinecliff to camp on Friday for selected train arrivals in the afternoon.  In addition to filling out the registration form, please email if you wish to be picked up from the train station.  We will also coordinate rides to get to the train station on Sunday. 


We look forward to seeing you here! 

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Volunteer Weekend
to May 22

Volunteer Weekend

We will be raising the tents on the hill and uncovering the pool. We also have special projects and need many hands to paint, help construct an Adirondack shelter, repair banisters and more! In return for your hard work will be delicious food from our new smoker, good conversations and a campfire Saturday night. 

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Spring Break Service Week at Camp Rising Sun
to Mar 14

Spring Break Service Week at Camp Rising Sun

We would like to invite all alumni and friends of CRS to join us from the 11th through the 14th of March, and to give a hand with building the new shelter on tent hill and other spring-time projects. There will be in- and outdoor projects, syrup-making and instructions! All in all, a spring-break with all the camp-spirit we remember.

Click here to register

If you are up for an extended weekend of project time and fun, you can sign up clicking here. Everyone is welcome – even if you are not able to come for the entire Spring break, but just want to come up for a day or two. This event is free. We will provide food and lodging in thanks for your hard work.

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New York Winter Reunion
4:00 PM16:00

New York Winter Reunion

Join in a wonderful celebration with New York area alumni. Meet and greet new and old friends. Enjoy a buffet dinner and some Camp songs. 

Click Here To Register

Event Admission

 Student (Complimentary admission)

 Camp Years 2008-2011 - $20.00

 Camp Years 2001-2007 - $30.00

 Camp Years 1991-2000 - $40.00

 Camp Years 1981-1990 - $50.00

 Camp Years 1980 and below - $60.00

 Reunion Classes 07, 97, 92, 97, 87, 77, 67, 57, 47 (Enjoy complimentary admission if you are celebrating a big reunion anniversary!)

Guests $40.00

 Drink Ticket - $20.00 (3 drinks for $20 !)


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Giving Tuesday
12:00 AM00:00

Giving Tuesday

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. 

Please include LAJF in your philanthropic plans. Did you know that you can credit your gift to your regional alumni association? Or that you can set up monthly giving. 

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Wear Your CRS T-Shirt: International Camp T-shirt Day 2016
2:00 AM02:00

Wear Your CRS T-Shirt: International Camp T-shirt Day 2016


We hope you are excited to show off your Camp Rising Sun t-shirt! As in the past, we are getting ready to celebrate International Camp T-shirt Day on Thursday, November 15th, along with many other summer camps around the world. 

Bring out your camp t-shirt, bring back the memories and let's share a moment of great joy, across country borders and time-zones! It’s the only reunion where everyone can attend, no matter where you are!

This year Helene Mattera, the Executive Director of LAJF, has pledged to donate $1.00 for every person who wears their t-shirt and posts a picture on this event. 

Here's what you have to do: 

  • Step 1: Wear your CRS T-Shirt

  • Step 2: Meet up with alumni around you (if possible)

  • Step 3: Take a picture

  • Step 4: Using # post it on our Facebook page and on Instagram

  • Step 5: Reminisce about being a camper and part of this community! 

If you do not have your t-shirt anymore, don't worry and use your imagination, you can take part all the same!

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10:00 AM10:00

Family Day at Camp Rising Sun - Boy's session

Dear CRS'16 parents, 

We invite you to visit Camp Rising Sun on August 26th. It will be a day full of activities and a great opportunity to visit the place where your sons are creating so many memories. If you wish to take part in the celebration, please register in advance at your earliest convenience. For more information, the schedule, and to register please follow this link or paste the following on your browser: 

Regardless of whether you will visit us or not, transportation for all campers will be provided to go back to New York City (The Cloisters). Please keep in mind that we are counting on host families to open their homes again at the end of camp for 2 nights. Campers will  work out hosting arrangements with our assistance and we will do our best to inform you about your guests at least 1 week before camp ends. 


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2016 May Alumni Retreat / Tent Weekend
to May 22

2016 May Alumni Retreat / Tent Weekend

  • Camp Rising Sun Clinton (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

CRS 2016 May Alumni Retreat At Camp Rising Sun   

Meet your campmates, old friends, and new friends at the CRS Alumni May Retreat at Clinton on May 21st and 22nd.  Join fellow alumni and their families in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Activities will putting up tents, other projects to prepare for the 2016 season, and fun for all ages. Sleepover in the tents on tent hill or bunk in twin beds in the cabins. 

Sign up today and reserve your spot at what promises to be a beautiful spring weekend in Rhinebeck and a unique opportunity to connect with fellow alumni, sing camp songs, sit around the council fire and help build the future for Camp Rising Sun.  Space is limited so sign up today.

TRANSPORTATION: If you plan on taking the train to the retreat, we are prepared to meet the Amtrak train #63 on Saturday morning.  That train departs New York Penn Station at 7:15 am and arrives into Rhinecliff at 9:00 am.  Tickets are available starting at $28, but prices may increase as the travel date approaches.  We are also prepared to bring guests to the station on Sunday for Amtrak train #238 departing Rhinecliff at 12:52 pm and arriving into Penn Station at 2:45 pm.  Tickets are available starting at $28.  If you expect to travel by train and will be arriving/departing at a different time, taxis are available at the station.  
If you plan on being on the designated train on Saturday, please let us know no later than Thursday May 19, 2015.   

GUESTS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD: If you are under 18 and attending this event, you must have a parent/guardian complete a permission form for you.  That form is available online: click here.

Can't attend but still want to have a meaningful impact?  Sponsor a ticket for a young alumnus/a!  Your donation of $25 helps provide food and purchase needed supplies.  To make your donation, use the "Register Now!" link below, visit our website at, or call us at (212)686-1930

PAYMENT: Pay below. The fee is $25 per person. Family/ Friends are welcome.

Our activities for the Retreat Weekend:

Saturday, May 21

The assembly bell is ringing at CRS! We'll share a fun day of projects at Camp.   

Noon: Arrive to Clinton. Please bring your own lunch. 

10:00 am: Arrive to Clinton.

10:00-1:00: Help put up tents and work on making Clinton camper-ready for 2016!

1:00: Lunch - Please bring your own lunch or head to local General Store for sandwiches

2:00-5:00: Project time: Clear trails, help prepare main building, scrape paint in Willy/Willhelmina to get ready for a fresh coat. 

6pm: Dinner and evening Campfire

Sunday, May 22

9:00am: Breakfast and discussion

10:30: Remove pool cover

Possible post-retreat trips to local vineyards for wine tasting, farmers markets for local produce, or downtown Rhinebeck for local strolling.  

Let us know you're coming by May 16.

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CRSCAAA Winter Reunion Potluck - "New Year, New Campers"
2:00 PM14:00

CRSCAAA Winter Reunion Potluck - "New Year, New Campers"

Join us in a winter reunion and welcoming some of our recent CA alumni away at college home just in time for the holidays!  Activities will include socializing, food, and singing, progress on 2016 CA selection, planning for our April Month of Service, and progress on the Red Hook revitalization efforts.

Contact Sarah Uttermann-Merritt for more information.

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