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Wildwood Summer Learning Program

Wildwood Summer Learning Program

ACA Accredited Camp | General Camp | Overnight Camp

Wildwood combines a traditional summer sleep away camp experience with experiential science and social development programs.  Campers “learn by doing” and build relationships as they explore the natural world together.  Activities include: swimming, canoeing, nature hikes, rock wall climbing, art-making, ropes course, fishing, and so much more.

Camp at Wildwood is designed to be fun and to give children a chance to relax and enjoy time outdoors—a proven benefit to their healthy development. In addition to spending their days outdoors, physically active and engaged in new experiences, Wildwood programs utilize three key learning experiences to build campers’ skills and abilities through hands-on learning.

Overcoming Challenges: Imagine the effects on confidence and self-esteem of campers as they learn how to swim or conquer a 35-foot high rock wall! The Adventure Challenge Course, a low-ropes course, teaches team-building and problem solving. The Skywalker, our high-ropes course, offers lessons in positive risk-taking and confidence.

Applying Science: Wildwood campers experience a fun, hands-on approach to learning biology and ecology by exploring wildlife and plants in pond, prairie and forest ecosystems. They learn how to identify species and discuss biodiversity—how each organism is important to maintain a healthy environment.

Building Community: A week at Wildwood’s sleep away camp is group living at its best as it includes family-style dining for each meal, living closely with cabin mates (practicing conflict resolution and problem solving skills) and learning in small peer groups.

These three learning experiences build a strong foundation for healthy physical, social and mental habits for Kansas City’s low-income children. For many, Camp Wildwood is a valuable first-time “away from home” experience through which they can make new friends and learn about the world beyond their urban core zip code.

Wildwood works closely with schools and youth-service organizations in the Kansas City metro to connect low-income kids with its summer camp programs. Nearly eighty percent of the youth served by Camp Wildwood each summer require financial assistance to attend! Thanks to the dedication of individual donors like you, Kansas City area youth have access to this valuable opportunity. Our collective future is brighter when we invest in youth and their ultimate success. We invite you to join us in improving the world together. 

Camp Wish List:
400 Camperships @ $375 each$150,000
Total$150,000

Testimonials

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“As we expected camp has been WONDERFUL. The genuine smile on (my daughter’s) face in the pictures I took at drop off and the ones the counselors are sending me are testament to what an amazing thing you are doing. Thank you so very, very much! ”

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“I can see what other kids have gone through and how they survived. It helps me get through & conquer. We are all survivors. That’s a gift.”

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“When I'm at camp, I feel like a normal kid. Some kids don't get to go outside because our parents are just working too much and too hard. At home, I'm just watching movies all day. I don't want to get too old to come to Wildwood.”

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“Without the support of Camps for Kids and the matching fund, CHD Families would be unable to provide a free medically supervised summer camp for kids with Congenital Heart Defects.”

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“I look back on the struggle of my childhood and one of the most important and best childhood memories I have include the time spent at camp with the amazing men and women who treated me like I was normal despite my struggle”

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