Camp Wildwood

Camp Wildwood

ACA Accredited Camp | General Camp | Overnight Camp

At Wildwood, we believe kids grow better outside.

Wildwood combines a traditional summer camp experience with programs that build confidence, social and emotional skills, and a love for science and the outdoors. Campers paddle canoes, catch fish, invent in our innovative maker space, hike on trails, sing around a campfire, make new friends—and so much more!

For many campers, 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 zip code.

They explore the natural world by living in it. They have fun, 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, hit a bullseye with an arrow, catch their first fish, or conquer a 35-foot high rock wall! Wildwood programs are designed to help campers overcome challenges and build confidence in oneself.

Applying Science: Wildwood campers experience a fun, hands-on approach to learning biology and ecology by exploring wildlife and plants in the pond, prairie and forest ecosystems. They put their creativity to work in bio-inspired Makerspace challenges. 

Building Community: A week at Wildwood’s sleepaway camp is group living at its best. By living closely with cabin mates (practicing conflict resolution and problem-solving skills), participating in daily communal tasks,  and learning in small peer groups, campers build a sense of belonging and community at camp.

These three learning experiences build a strong foundation for healthy physical, social and mental habits for low-income Kansas City area youth.

Approximately 75% 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 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



“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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