A Summer Camp for Kids With Kidney Disease

June 5-9, 2016

Lake Doniphan
Excelsior Springs, MO

Going away to summer camp may seem out of reach for children on dialysis or who have had a kidney transplant. Not at Camp ChiMer! Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, with the support of Children's Mercy Kansas City, is excited to present Camp ChiMer - summer camp specifically geared for children ages nine to 17 who are undergoing peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis or who have had a renal transplant. The camp is held on the scenic grounds of Lake Doniphan, a 100-acre privately owned facility east of Excelsior Springs, Mo. Children participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities while being carefully monitored daily by health care professionals. Here, kids with special kidney conditions can experience camp just like everybody else.

Activities Abound

Two beautiful lakes, a filtered swimming pool and a modern air-conditioned lodge along with nature provide the backdrop for a variety of indoor and outdoor activities including:

Arts and crafts
Jewelry making
Off-ground field trips 

On-Site Medical Care

Parents can rest assured that their child will be well cared for. Healthcare professionals including a physician and nurses are available to monitor vital signs and medications daily, and provide dialysis treatments.


There is no camp fee thanks to funding from generous individuals and corporations. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from camp.

Application Process

  • Download the Camper Application and return to Janice Perez by April 1, 2016.
  • For more information contact Janice.
  • You may also call your dialysis or transplant facility for an application.


To become a RMHC-KC Camp ChiMer Overnight Counselor or Day Volunteer, here are easy steps to follow:

1. Introduction: Review the Camp ChiMer Day Volunteer Description for an overview of the volunteer experience and expectations prior to filling out an application. We are no longer accepting counselor applications at this time. Our needs have been filled!

Application: Fill out a Day Volunteer Application. It will prompt you to create a log-in before completing, so we can capture your contact information and track your volunteer hours. 

  • Counselor application submission deadline has passed. 
  • Day Volunteer application submission deadline is May 2.

Acceptance: We will follow up 3-4 weeks prior to camp to notify you of your acceptance* as a day volunteer. At that time, we will provide you with additional details and updates for camp.

*Acceptance into the program cannot be guaranteed.

Day Volunteers are essential to a fun, safe camp experience for our kids. Questions can be directed to Tara Adler. Thank you for your help and support!


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