The COVID-19 pandemic presented serious challenges for all of our network camps in 2020. A majority, 91%, of our 22 network camps proceeded with their summer camps in 2020, 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 meet the unique needs of the children and youth they serve. No surprise here: for many this involved delayed start dates and new logistical issues for volunteers and medical staff.
Two camps proceeded with in-person camps with fewer numbers due to safety precautions.
Four camps proceeded with in-person and virtual camps.
Twelve camps held virtual camps: These camps provided various direct services and supports including: tablets, Wi-Fi-hot spots, meals, staff prepared videos, Zoom meetings, hand written notes, encouraging signs in campers yards, camp t-shirts, weekly camp-in-a-box activity material and safety supplies including disinfectant wipes, disinfectant sprays, antibacterial hand sanitizer, masks, etc
Three camps canceled.
Due to an increase in revenue we were able to add 3 new camps to our network in 2020.
As a result, the need for your continued support is as great as ever.
A camp director noted the impact of our program.
“Without the support of Camps For Kids, CHD Families would be unable to provide a free medically supervised summer camp for kids with Congenital Heart Defects.” -Camp Director
The overarching goal for the program is to provide funding and assistance to twenty non-profit camps to guarantee they have the necessary funds to assure that no child will be denied the camping experience because of low income or developmental or medical disadvantage.
As campers and a parent commented:
“At camp, I feel like a normal kid and can do everything a normal kid can do and make friends”. a ten-yr. old camper
“Thank you for this amazing gift. My son would never have been able to attend camp this year without your help. He learned so much and had so much fun he can’t wait for school so he can show off all his new knowledge!” – a parent
“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.” a twelve year old camper
Thank you for your gift!
You can donate directly to the Camps For Kids Campaign
We are very excited to again host one of our favorite fundraising events, Cocktails & Camp Tales: Under the Stars. This year, the event will be Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Foundation Event Space in downtown Kansas City. We hope you will be able to join us! The evening includes cocktails and dinner, a brief program, a silent and live auction, and dancing. For more information and to register, please call 816.839.6494.
Join in, and help out a camp! Email Regina Weir at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask a camp directly what support they need.
“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”