Camp ChiMer

Camp ChiMer

Overnight Camp | Specialty Camp

The National Kidney Foundation of Kansas & Western Missouri, with medical support from Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, is excited to host a fun and unique summer camp experience.

Camp ChiMer is a 5-day overnight summer camp for children ages 9 to 18 who are undergoing peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, or have had a renal transplant. Here, campers will have the chance to participate in exciting activities like fishing, team-building activities, rock wall climbing, sports, learning to cook, making lifelong friends, and yes, even swimming in our filtered pool. We also offer off-site activities such as going to a local sporting event or attending a dance party.

Camp ChiMer is located in a beautiful 100-acre privately owned facility in Kansas City, Missouri.

Camp will be staffed by physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacist, social workers, and volunteers 24 hours a day. Campers are medically-supervised and dialysis treatments will be provided on-site. Campers form friendships and share common bonds and experiences with others who are “just like them” all while enjoying the therapeutic benefits of the great outdoors.

Campers who have attended Camp ChiMer in the past have developed higher self-esteem, formed long lasting friendships, and have developed leadership skills. Camp ChiMer offers a self-esteem workshops where the focus is positive self-image. Leadership workshops are also provided, as well as other leadership opportunities, such as; high ropes course, scavenger hunt, and volunteer activities throughout camp. Campers learn teamwork by participating in various team building exercises and independence by having campers take care of their own personal hygiene.

Most importantly, Camp ChiMer allows campers to feel just like everyone else. Chronic Kidney Disease in children is very rare. When campers come to camp and see other kids with their same medical condition, they can be themselves. Campers can get to know other kids who are just like them. In addition, campers who are on Hemo-dialysis during camp can still experience regular camp activities, such as swimming, boating, and playing in any water related activity.

Counselors and volunteers have learned to create a safe environment for campers. Campers can be themselves while at camp and try things they have never done in the past. Camp ChiMer has been able to provide those first-time opportunities for campers such as; archery, rock wall climbing, and even horse back riding.  

Camp ChiMer is truly a unique experience where our campers can be themselves and form friendships for a lifetime.

“I had an amazing time at camp I met so many great people and had the time of my life I never wanted it to end!”- Chase



“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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