Camp for Kids with Kidney Disease

In 1975, Frost Valley YMCA, in partnership with the Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation and the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, established the nation’s first mainstream camp experience for children with kidney disease. Over 45 years later, Frost Valley has welcomed more than 2,000 kidney campers. Each child has the traditional sleepaway camp experience for 12 days, in villages with same-age peers, while gaining confidence and independence in what may be their first time away from home. Campers meet other children with medical problems like theirs and share their story with their counselors and cabinmates. They learn new skills and improve techniques for managing and coping with their medical condition. Parents are able to see their child make friends, gain independence, and have fun. Kidney campers are free to just be kids!

View the Kidney Camp Brochure

View Testimonials from Kidney Campers

We can’t wait to see our campers for Kidney Camp 2024 at Frost Valley!

All of our campers are generously provided with full camperships by the Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation.



Once your child is registered, you will need to complete Frost Valley’s requirements (link sent via email) and return the following paperwork to our coordinator Maya at

  1. Kidney Camp Medical and Psychosocial Info 2024
  2. Kidney Camp Treatment + Photo Consent
  3. Camp Dialysis Content – Dialysis Only
  4. Transient Dialysis Forms – Dialysis Only
  5. Kidney Camp Transfer Forms

Once medically reviewed, campers are scheduled based on the session requested, medical needs, and available space. Spaces are filled as we get applications, and accepted until we have no more room, we do run a waiting list if needed.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact the coordinators or medical director at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore at (718) 655-1120 or by email (fastest!) if you have any questions or require any additional information. You can also contact the Partnerships Director at Frost Valley, Shawn Blagmon,

Maya Doyle, LCSW, PhD
Social Work/Coordinator

Shawn Blagmon
Partnership Director


Camperships and Funding are provided by the Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation.

You can also visit the RGKF Facebook page or YouTube page


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