About this event
Camp ChiMer was started in 1986 by Dr. Brad Warady, dedicated volunteers, and health care professionals, all of whom shared a common goal to create an opportunity for children with end stage renal disease to participate in a camping experience and develop peer relationships, regardless of their medical needs.
Camp ChiMer is a 5-day overnight summer camp for children ages 9 to 18 who are undergoing peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, or have had a renal transplant. Here, campers will have the chance to participate in exciting activities like fishing, team-building activities, rock wall climbing, sports, learning to cook, making lifelong friends, and yes, even swimming in our filtered pool. We also offer off-site activities such as going to a local sporting event or attending a dance party.
The National Kidney Foundation, with medical support from Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics, is excited to host a fun and unique summer camp experience. Camp ChiMer is located in a beautiful 100-acre privately owned facility in Kansas City, Missouri.
Camp will be staffed by physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacist, social workers, and volunteers 24 hours a day. Campers are medically-supervised and dialysis treatments will be provided on-site. Campers form friendships and share common bonds and experiences with others who are "just like them" all while enjoying the therapeutic benefits of the great outdoors.
Are you a Camp ChiMer alumnus wanting to relive your experience? Or maybe you just want to be part of the force that makes children affected by kidney disease feel accepted and safe? Either way, Camp ChiMer has several volunteer opportunities for the upcoming year. We’d love to have you.
THE MISSION OF THE CAMP
The mission of Camp ChiMer is to provide an opportunity for children with end stage renal disease to participate in a camping experience and develop peer relationships, regardless of their medical needs.
- Rock Wall Climbing
- Ropes Challenge Course
- Arts & Crafts
- Sports Games
- Fishing & Paddle Boating
- Scavenger Hunts
- Dance Classes
- Leadership Opportunities
Thanks to donations alone, Camp ChiMer was made possible. While a child's week at camp would typically cost $1,200, we offer it to them free of charge. We want to continue providing these children the opportunity of a lifetime at our camp, but we need your help. Make someone's summer by donating today- every penny counts.
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP CHIMER
Download a checklist of what to bring to camp, including our Cell Phone Policy.
Download our FAQs.
For more information about this event contact Janice Perez at Janice.Perez@kidney.org / 913.262.1551 ext 475