By Mariana Zapata, originally published on Atlas Obscura
Summer camp is a great American tradition. And one completely out of reach for the so-called children of the night the name given to children who are allergic to the sun.
This rare condition, xeroderma pigmentosum, constructs summer camp, or any daytime outdoors activity, painful and even fatally dangerous. Fortunately, there is a place that seeks to reclaim the tradition for children afflicted with XP: Camp Sundown.Opened in 1995, the camp is celebrating its 21 st anniversary this year, as it continues to grow in attendance and in its efforts to bring attention to the condition.
Directed by Liza Mandelup, this video takes us into the world of Camp Sundown, where the hours are inverted and everyone comes out as soon as the sunshine is down. Situated in Craryville, New York, it allows children to form a family with others who understand their condition. They swim, has played, watch movies, and roasted marshmallows, all under the covering of the night.
Some of the camp counselors, themselves veterans of life with XP, devote us an insight on what life is like for attendees. The message, it seems, is that while life is not easy, theres always a light of moonlight to be found.
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