Camps For Kids is a Kansas City based non-profit organization dedicated to helping disabled and disadvantaged youth experience the wonders and the benefits of summer camp. Founded in 1980, Camps For Kids will provide critical funding for 21 summer camps in 2016.
It is often difficult to explain how important the camping experience can be, especially for children who may be medically or financially disadvantaged. The following is a comment from a parent demonstrating that impact:
"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 cried leaving her, but not for the reason I thought I would be crying at drop off. I cried because I had a place to leave my child that I felt she fit in and I felt good about ... in our world that just doesn't happen often. This camp has been a blessing and I thank you so much for the time, energy, stress and love you put into making it ALL that it is to so many!"
These are comments from campers who attended a camp focused on helping children suffering from severe burns and demonstrate what the camp experience can mean:
"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."“One week of camp does more for a burn survivor than years of therapy.
Participating philanthropies include The Hall Family Foundation, The Sarli Family Foundation, The H&R Block Foundation, The Sprint Foundation, The Sosland Foundation, Vivian & Hymie J. Sosland Charitable Trust, The R.A. Long Foundation, The Oppenstein Brothers Foundation, W.J. Brace Charitable Trust, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Lorraine and Norman Martin Gift Fund, the Don Harman Memorial Fund, and others.
We envision a community that recognizes the unique developmental benefits of the summer camp experience for our children, that organizes to provide sufficient resources, that "takes care of our own," and that passes this salutary process on to subsequent generations.
Camps For Kids works to assure that no Kansas City area youngster is denied the benefits of summer camp due to medical disability or financial disadvantage.
Founded by Marjorie Powell Allen and other community leaders, Camps For Kids stepped in to help when the federal government withdrew assistance for youth summer programming in 1980.
For the past three decades, Camps For Kids has provided financial support to more than 65,000 campers who otherwise would have been unable to benefit from the valuable experience of summer camp.
Spina bifida, cancer, epilepsy, diabetes, developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, severe burns, crohns and colitis, poverty and neighborhood crime these are some of the challenges facing our campers.
Our camping network includes 27 camps in 59 different sites/programs, specializing in serving this very deserving population. The Camps For Kids Network is generating life-affirming results for our campers as well as new skills, sound decision-making, and values and friendships that last a lifetime.
The Hallmark Corporation Foundation brought the Summer Dreams idea to Kansas City in 2006. Camps For Kids was selected as the lead agency for Kansas City's Summer Dreams based on Camps For Kids 25 years of experience in assisting medically and financially disadvantaged campers. The Hall Family Foundation, H&R Block Foundation, Sosland Foundations, Sarli Foundation and several others continue to be among the largest supporters of the Camps For Kids Campaign (which increased this non-profit's reach from 7 camps in 2005 to 27 camps in 2013.)
Area philanthropies invest by establishing a fund for special needs campers