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 1,500 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


October 21-23, 2022

A fall family weekend will be available for scheduled campers who had a short session at camp or were unable to attend in Summer 2022. Kidney camp will return in Summer 2023, along with a family weekend for new campers in spring! Please contact Maya Doyle for more information if you are interested:

We have also made a Kidney Camper Family Weekend Interest Survey for this weekend available for you to fill out:


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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