New Mexico Camp Rising Sun

Get Involved with Camp Rising Sun

Camp Rising Sun is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is part of The Autism Programs at the University of New Mexico, Center for Development and Disability. As an Autism program, the camp seeks funding from grants, civic organizations, local businesses, and individuals to help make the camp a reality for deserving campers and to fulfill the Camp Rising Sun mission.

Actual cost for each camper is approximately five times as much as an individual camper is charged in camper fees. We rely on generous contributions from our supporters to offer the camp experience at a significantly lower the cost. Over 40% of campers are not able to pay the cost of camp. Donate Now

Below are more ways to support Camp Rising Sun.


Volunteers are an integral part of the Camp Rising Sun experience. The camp recruits interested and caring volunteers, students, and community professionals to participate as counselors and program leaders. If you, or someone you know, is interested in getting involved, please contact the camp (505-272-5142), or complete an application for involvement. Applicants are screened and interviewed. The camp also works collaboratively with college and universities (both inside and outside of New Mexico) to provide course credit for a volunteer's hands-on experience working at camp. These volunteers also receive specialized training.

Camp Rising Sun Wish List

The Camp Rising Sun Wish List is a list of items the camp needs for the upcoming season. Camp operates solely on the generous donations of the community. If you know of someone, or you yourself are able to help us, your kind and generous donations are greatly appreciated.

Please follow the link to access our Wish List.

Workplace Giving

Please remember to designate Camp Rising Sun as the recipient of your United Way Campaign donation in the workplace.

Donate by Mail

Please send donations to:
Camp Rising Sun
UNM Center for Development and Disability
2300 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107

Your donations will help provide:

  • Camperships for campers who need financial assistance
  • Horseback riding, Kayaking, and other specialized activities
  • Camp T-shirts
  • Staff Training
  • Photo Program
  • Ropes course
  • Arts and crafts materials
  • Snacks
  • Develop new program opportunities
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Apply Now as:

  • Camper: Teen/Camper age 13-17 with ASD
  • Peer: Teen/Camper age 13-17 without ASD
  • Counselor in Training: Ages 15-17
  • Volunteer/Staff Application: 18+
    • Counselor
    • Program Specialist
    • Team Leader
    • Rover
    • LEND counselor
  • Return Staff Application
    • Counselor
    • Program Specialist
    • Team Leader
    • Rover
  • Camp Assistant Application (Adult 18-26 with ASD)

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Camp Social Story
Directions to Camp
Camp Wish List

Camp Job Descriptions

Counselor/Staff Volunteer
Counselor in Training
Camp Assistant

Staff Training

Camp Rising Sun Overview
Introduction to ASD
Helping Campers Succeed; Being Proactive
8 Ways to Support
Summer of Purpose Russian Project Overview
Counselor in Training Program
Camp Assistants


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