Throughout our 42-year history, Camps For Kids(C4K) has remained committed to an ideal: Camp Changes Lives. As you know the COVID-19 pandemic presented challenges for all our network camps in 2020, 2021, 2022 and all camps were open in 2023 to make the unique experience of summer camp available to the special needs and underprivileged communities that we have served since 1981. This reaffirms our belief about what’s most important: family, friends, health, and the support of our community for those most in need.
But the challenges continue. By nearly every measure, our children and youth are in distress. The value of the camping experience is especially important for the wellbeing and flourishing of disadvantaged and special needs children and youth given the compounding and continuing impact COVID-19 has had on schools, learning, and the social/emotional development of our children over the past several years. The work we do is especially crucial for the wellbeing of disadvantaged and special needs children and youth and is paramount to the health of our community.
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.
But C4K impact doesn’t end with summer. The support our camps receive from C4K ensures that no child who wants to attend summer camp is turned away due to their inability to pay, but many of our 22 camps offer year-round continued relationship building, educational and social-emotional programs both after school and on weekends for which scholarship dollars are always needed. Funds received from C4K enables them to extend the reach of their support and make sure kids who need help receive it. Our camps report that they can serve more kids year-round because of C4K funding. Not all students receive services through school districts or only receive a small portion of support.
It is more important than ever to support organizations that impact all children and families but especially vulnerable ones. C4K and our camps have a continued and heightened role to play. C4K will continue to maximize our impact on the children and families in our community.
C4K remains committed, more than ever, to our mission: to see that every Kansas City area special needs and underprivileged child can experience the joy, benefits, and discovery of summer camp. Simply put, camp is impactful, C4K loves being part of that impact.
As a result, the need for your continued funding and support is greater than ever in 2024.
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
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, Camp Out at the KC Zoo on Saturday June 10, 2023. Hope you can join us! For more information and to register, please call 816.839.6494.
Join in, and help out a camp! Email Regina Weir at: email@example.com
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”