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Camps For Kids works to assure that no Kansas City area child will be turned away from summer camp because of low income, or physical or developmental disabilities.

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The Camps For Kids Mission:

Camps For Kids works to assure that no Kansas City area child will be turned away from summer camp because of low income, or physical or developmental disabilities.

Camps For Kids was founded in 1981 by Marjorie Powell Allen and other community leaders, who appreciated the positive values of summer camp and wished to extend those values to children in need. Camps For Kids solicits funds from foundations, corporations, and individuals.  These funds are used to match camp-dedicated funds that arrive between April 1 and July 31 each year.

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Dear Friends,

The COVID-19 pandemic presented continuous challenges for all our network camps in 2021, still over 2000 children and youth were served and no child was turned away because of inability to pay. Camps For Kids serves all physically, emotionally, medically, and financially challenged children and youth in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Prior to Covid we served over 3500 children and youth a year.A majority, 91%, of our 22 network camps proceeded with their summer camps in 2021 either virtually or in person, continuing to make the unique experience of summer camp available to the special needs and underprivileged communities that we have served since 1981. Camp directors and staff worked to adapt to the new realities and met the unique needs of the children and youth they serve.

The value of the camping experience is especially important for the wellbeing and flourishing of disadvantaged and special needs children and youth given the compounding impact COVID-19 has on schools and education the past two year.

As a result, the need for your continued funding and support is greater than ever.

Ways you can help:

Use the AmazonSmile website to place orders. When you shop on AmazonSmile the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. You can find us listed as Camps For Kids (location Mission, KS) @ https://smile.amazon.com/ch/43-1244326

Participate in our events: https://campsforkids.org/event/  

Donate online @ https://campsforkids.org/donations/

For updates on Camps for Kids, our network camps, and changes in the status of any ongoing Camps For Kids’ events, visit our website at https://campsforkids.org/ or feel free to reach out to our Executive Director, Regina Weir, at (816) 839-6494.

Thank you for your continued support for Camps For Kids. With your help, we can ensure that the special needs children of our community continue to enjoy the wonders of summer camp in 2022.

Be safe and well,

Camps For Kids

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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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