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Camps For Kids

Camps For Kids works to ensure 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 ensure 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.


Dear Friends,

The COVID-19 pandemic presented challenges for all our network camps in 2020 and 2021 and all camps provided in-person camps in 2022 serving over 2500 children and youths continuing to make the unique experience of summer camp available to the special needs and underprivileged communities that we have served since 1981.

By nearly every measure, our children and youth are in distress amid the impact of Covid-19. The value of the camping experience is particularly important for the wellbeing and flourishing of disadvantaged and special needs children and youth given the compounding impact COVID-19 has had on schools, learning, and the social/emotional development of our children over the past several years.

We know kids are learning all the time, our camps provide challenging, enriching learning opportunities for local youth during summer break. Summer overnight camps optimize the school break and offer deep social-emotional wellness, recreational skills, and a variety of educational skills.

Camps For Kids impact does not end with summer. Our camps report that they can serve more kids year-round because of Camps For Kids funding.

It is more important than ever to support organizations that impact all children and families but especially vulnerable ones. Camps For Kids has a continued and heightened role to play and will continue to maximize our impact on the children and families in our community.

As a result, the need for your continued support and funding is greater than ever. Ways you can help:

For updates on Camps For Kids, out network camps visit our website at or feel free to reach out to our Executive Director, Regina, at 816. 839.6464.

Thank you for your continued support of Camps For Kids. With you help we can ensure that the special needs children of our community continue to benefit from the life changing opportunities camp provides, and increase the number and diversity of the camps in our network.

Be safe and well,

The Camps For Kids Team



“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! ”


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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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