2018 Camp Sunshine

Our 2018 Trip in Numbers

Our 2018 Trip In Numbers

10 carefully selected chef-volunteers…

668 collective CulinaryCorps volunteer manpower hours

       221 miles walked in/to/from our outdoor pop-up kitchen

21 classes launched for our World of Flavors cooking curriculum for 211 campers and volunteers

Over 844 plates of food cooked by the campers themselves including:

      211 freshly-pressed tortillas

            87-feet of veggie-sushi rolled

                    17 pounds of freshly-smooshed guacamole

                            12 Top Chef Sunshine dishes using…

                                     1 secret ingredient (Surprise! It was farro.)
5 gallons of Jell-O tossed during our 4th Annual Family Foodie Olympics

           5,998 chickpeas in our “Guess the Number of Beans” jar

                  (5,000 chickpeas was the closest winning guess!)

90 pounds of prime steak donated by CulinaryCorps and devoured by the entire camp on the last night

Thousands of heart-expanding moments of joy made possible by…

     3-course fundraising dinner in Boston complete with S’mores pie,

           2 generous corporate sponsors,

                   145 amazing individual donors just like you!

For all your kindness, we offer our infinite thanks.

We’re so close. And we need YOUR help!


Hello CulinaryCorps Friends and Supporters,

Summer is in full swing! And we are beyond excited to be embarking on our fourth trip to Camp Sunshine this August. A retreat for kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families, we will be adding our hands-on cooking classes to their regularly scheduled oncology session programming. With just a few days left until we gather our team in Portland, Maine, we’ve been diligently checking off our to-do list:

  • Have we assembled an incredible team of chef-volunteers chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants? You bet!
  • Did we design an informative, engaging, and fun cooking curriculum that will take the campers and their families on a culinary journey around the globe from Turkey to Mexico and Italy to Japan? Sure did!
  • Have we chosen the Top Chef Sunshine secret ingredient? Yup. But our lips are sealed 🙂
  • Did we raise enough money to buy ingredients, equipment and a camp skit carrot costume? Unfortunately, no 🙁

Will you help us cross our fundraising finish line by making a donation today?

We try not to bombard our donor base with donation requests throughout the year, just when we need it most. And we really do need it now! Currently, our 2018 Crowdrise Team Fundraiser is only 85% funded with only one week left to reach our $10,000 target. Your donation (big, small or anywhere in-between) will help us feed and house our chef-volunteers; buy necessary ingredients and equipment; and allow campers to make homemade spinach cavatelli and hand-pressed corn tortillas for the griddle.

But most importantly, your contribution will put huge smiles on a lot of faces. And for children whose day-to-day consists of hospital visits and doctor’s orders, smiles are worth their weight in gold to these families.

Thank you for considering making a crucial donation to help support this trip. As always, it is 100% tax-deductible and because we are 100% volunteer-run, every dollar is put towards programming (and carrot costumes), not overhead.

Here’s to bringing our brand of culinary magic to the shores of Lake Sebago! And here’s to you for helping us get there.

Christine Carroll, Executive Director & The 2018 CulinaryCorps Leadership Team

ps: Speaking of smiles, the Amazon Smile program is such an easy way to contribute to our trips with a click of the button. Please consider making your Amazon purchases via this link, and thanks for shopping on behalf of CulinaryCorps!

Now Recruiting for our 2018 Outreach Trip to Camp Sunshine!

CulinaryCorps is excited to announce that we will be returning for a fourth time to Camp Sunshine for our 2018 outreach trip. A year-round facility on Maine’s Lake Sebago, Camp Sunshine has been supporting children with life-threatening illnesses and their families for over 30 years. We feel so lucky to have been a part of the magic that happens there each year; and we are honored to be invited to return.

The selected 10 person chef-volunteer team will once again launch our World of Flavors cooking program during the camp’s August 5th-10th oncology session. This  CulinaryCorps designed curriculum includes internationally-inspired hands-on cooking classes for all ages and delicious family-oriented activities throughout the week.

To gain an even better understanding of what this trip will entail, please read our trip summary of 2015’s amazing visit. We will be replicating the same itinerary this year with a few minor changes. And for those of you who are more visual, take a peek at all the incredible camp moments from 2014 here.

Doing good never tasted better. Apply today! Trip details and application below:


Location: Camp Sunshine, Casco, ME

Trip Dates: August 4th (arrive by 2pm in Portland) – August 10th, 2018 (depart by 3pm)

Trip Fee: $375 per person (Includes housing, meals and ground transport. Does not include transportation to/from Portland, ME)

Trip Fundraising Requirement: $600 per person

Managing Trip Leader: Aimee Bariteau

Co-Leadership: Jessica Botta, Thomas Medrow

For general trip FAQs, please click HERE


Application: Click HERE to fill out our online application*

Application Deadline: Friday, May 4th at 5pm EST 

(Selection Notification: On or Before May 10th, 2018)

*If accepted, Camp Sunshine requires a secondary application and background check.


  • 21 years of age
  • Minimum 1 year of professional culinary experience and/or culinary degree (Currently enrolled culinary students are also encouraged to apply)
  • References and background check
  • Personal health insurance
  • Fundraising commitment of $600 plus trip fee of $375


  • Hands-on experience in teaching others how to cook healthy meals.
  • Previous experience working with children of all ages.
  • Flexibility and adaptability both in the kitchen and outside of it.
  • Willingness to get goofy, get dancin’ and get into the camp spirit!


Camp Sunshine supports children with life threatening illnesses and their families.  The camp has the distinction of being the only program in the nation whose goal is to address the impact of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate  family—the ill child, the parents, and the siblings.  Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for over 40,500 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Our CulinaryCorps trip mission is to enhance the camp’s daily programming with cooking classes geared for campers of all ages including parents. Each class will be designed to teach culinary basics as well as healthful alternatives to unhealthy foods. And as always, we aim for every class to be a lot of fun! In addition, we will be hosting evening programming for families that will focus on fostering health and family-bonding through cooking. Finally, our lessons will be put to good use as each age group competes separately in their very own “Top Chef Sunshine” challenge.

It is our hope that cooking with these campers and their families will provide educational entertainment throughout the week, culinary knowledge to bring home to their own kitchens and a whole lot of long-lasting joy.


Throughout the week of service, our chef-volunteers will be tasked with the following:

  • Introduce the flavors and culinary concepts that will be covered in the curriculum on the day of camper arrival through our “Test Your Tastebuds” event.
  • Teach daily hands-on cooking classes for campers as well as the parents around a country’s culinary heritage incorporating not only food but music, books and history.
  • The five 45-minute sessions per day will encompass the nuts and bolts of cooking including knife skills, palate expansion, sautéing, grilling, dough making, and healthy shortcuts as well as highlighting a country of origin.
  • Each class will be slightly modified to fit the skill set of the age group (3-5, 6-8, 9-12, teens and adult) as well as adjust the lessons for allergies and/or disabilities.
  • Facilitate an afternoon of crazy fun with our “Foodie Family Olympics!”
  • Host a “Top Chef Sunshine” competition on the final day of camp where chefs and campers in each age group team up to create a stellar dish using a secret ingredient.
  • High-five, hug, laugh, dance, tell jokes, sing on stage, smile, giggle, act goofy, get silly…all in the name of CAMP!

For a more in-depth description of the daily responsibilities of the CulinaryCorps volunteers, please read our 2014 daily overview HERE.