The health and safety of our campers and volunteers are very important to us; therefore, it's with a heavy heart that we've had to cancel Kids Camp 2021 due to the ever-changing nature of the coronavirus.
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Although we can't hold Kids Camp again this summer, we invite you to spend A Day at the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, August 22, 2021.
- This event is open to children with kidney disease (up to 18 years old) and their families.
- Campers are required to be accompanied by at least one adult the entire time the child is at the zoo. In addition to their chaperone, campers may bring up to two more guests.
- Families must provide their own transportation to and from the Detroit Zoo. NKFM will not provide transportation for campers and their families.
- In addition to admission tickets, campers and families will receive food/meal vouchers.
Admission tickets are set for 10:00 AM; however, families may arrive any time afterwards as well. NKFM staff will be onsite from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Families may stay as long as they like.
Due to current Detroit Zoo safety guidelines, we can’t gather everyone together at once, but we’ll all be there on the same day. This will allow the campers to still be part of something communal and in a fun, supportive environment. Campers will still receive a t-shirt which will help identify them so we can greet one another while wandering around the Zoo.
About Kids Camp:
The goal of Kids Camp is to provide children with chronic kidney disease the opportunity to enjoy an exciting summer camp adventure in the great outdoors, complete with recreational activities and new friends. Campers will have the opportunity to enjoy hiking, swimming, ziplines, creating arts and crafts, campfires, and much, much more! In a world where kids spend more and more time using technology, these group activities allow campers to unplug and form authentic bonds with staff and other children. At Kids Camp, campers have “real time” instead of screen time.
The entire Kids Camp staff is devoted to creating a positive experience that will impact the lives of our campers. During the past 34 years, approximately 900 children have participated in the Kids Camp program which is hosted at YMCA Camp Copneconic in Fenton, Michigan.
Kids Camp would not be possible without the support of many dedicated volunteers of nephrologists, nurses, and social workers from the Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Michigan Medicine’s C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, and Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. These trained professionals watch over our campers around the clock and see to their medical needs. Arrangements are made for campers who require dialysis. Peritoneal dialysis takes place in a germ-free environment at Camp Copneconic. Campers requiring hemodialysis are transported to a nearby dialysis facility. All medications are dispensed by our skilled nursing staff.
Attending Kids Camp:
Children 8-16 years old who have chronic kidney disease, are currently on dialysis, or who have received a kidney transplant are invited to attend Kids Camp and join us for a fun summer adventure at Camp Copneconic!
For questions or additional information about Kids Camp, contact Devon Hagerman at 800-482-1455 ext. 2370 or [email protected].