Camp Wilderness

Camp Wilderness

Overnight Camp | Specialty Camp

Camp Wilderness is a five-day, four-night summer camp experience specialized for youth with bleeding disorders. The primary purpose of Camp Wilderness is to provide a camp experience for youth with bleeding disorders who were excluded from participating in traditionally summer camping programs. By providing a camping experience specifically planned, prepared and geared toward youth with bleeding disorders our camp programs empower and motivate youth with bleeding disorders to seek a life of freedom and independence that is not limited by their chronic illness. Camp Wilderness is located at: Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center: 12586 Lake Doniphan Road, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024.

Camp Wilderness has many different people and activities all within a five-day span. Each individual has different reasons and motivations while attending camp. Camp Wilderness has created a focused vision to keep the most important aspects of camp at the forefront. The goal of camp is not to diminish individuals, but more importantly ensure everyone is able to create a camp atmosphere that accomplishes our most important functions.


  • To be a model for bleeding disorder camps by creating the best week ever for kids with bleeding disorders.


  • To equip youth with the confidence to learn something new, the knowledge to become independent, and to build the family/friends to support them.

Core Values

  • Campers are priority here
  • Friends are made here
  • and Fun is had


  • Campers will learn to self-
  • Campers will learn about their bleeding
  • Campers will meet new
  • Campers will try something
  • Campers will be able to be more


  • Campers will have a minimum of one activity during camp dedicated solely to learning self- infusion and/or enhancing their self-infusion skillset
  • Campers will have a minimum of two activities during camp dedicated solely to learning more in-depth practical knowledge about their bleeding disorder
  • Campers will have an opportunity every day to meet someone new from within their cabin or a different cabin
  • Campers will have an opportunity to try a new skill and/or further develop a
  • Campers will leave having the knowledge to be more independent with their bleeding





“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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