On Sunday, July 21, children ages 8-16 who have chronic kidney disease, are on dialysis, or who have a kidney transplant will head to YMCA Camp Copneconic for the week through Saturday, July 26. This year marks the 33rd consecutive year that the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) has hosted Kids Camp in Fenton. There will be a wide range of activities for the campers all week including swimming, boating, arts and crafts, zip lining, hiking woodland trails, high ropes, horseback riding, bonfires and much more.
Children with kidney disease often have limited options for outdoor activities at traditional camps because of their need for dialysis treatment or medical attention. Kids Camp is a special week of outdoor fun, games and laughter, giving participants the opportunity to just be a kid for one week.
Volunteer medical personnel monitor the campers onsite and provide medications and treatments. Children who are on dialysis spend a half-day at Fresenius Kidney Care in Flint, where staff come in on their day off to handle dialysis and care for the children. The young people who attend are able to have life-changing camp experiences with others their age, all while being cared for by dedicated medical volunteers.
The 2019 Camp is funded in part by the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation.
Thanks to fundraising, generous donations and sponsorships, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is able to offer Kids Camp at no cost to participants.
For more information about the NKFM’s Kids Camp, visit nkfm.org/kidscamp.