Camps for Kids
5960 Dearborn, Suite 225
Mission KS 66202
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Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 8396494
Mission Statement

The mission of Camps For Kids (C4K) is to work to assure that no Kansas City area child will be turned away from summer camp because of low income or physical or developmental disability. 

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Regina A Weir
Board Chair Ms. Stacey Deere
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1980
Former Names
The Camping Connection
Financial Summary
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Source: IRS Form 990

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Mission Statement

The mission of Camps For Kids (C4K) is to work to assure that no Kansas City area child will be turned away from summer camp because of low income or physical or developmental disability. 

Background Statement
The organization was founded by Marjorie Powell Allen in 1981 after the Federal government discontinued a program providing summer camp to children with disabilities or need at no cost to their families.
In 2006 The Hallmark Corporation Foundation brought the Summer Dreams idea to Kansas City. Camps For Kids was selected as the lead agency for Kansas City’s Summer Dreams based on Camps For Kids 25 years of experience in assisting medically and financially disadvantaged campers. The Camps For Kids Campaign has increased its reach from 7 camps in 2005 to 20 camps in 2018.
It is still true today that it is difficult for many families with children who have physical/developmental issues or who are low-income to afford the cost of camp. Camps For Kids believes that camp offers opportunities for children to enjoy a sense of independence, meet and make new friends, and experience fellowship and a feeling of community through the unique and potentially life-changing experience of summer camp.
Sadly, Detroit’s Summer Dreams Program came to an end after 18 years in 2011, when both Foundations found it necessary to redirect their annual $500,000 to the Detroit Public Schools. C4K might now may possibly be the only non-profit of its kind in the country.
Impact Statement
C4K directly enabled 3,520 financially challenged and special needs children, who might otherwise have been denied the camp experience, to attend summer camp in 2017. The fundraising generated by our match program was essential to the continued operation of 20 special needs camps.
The C4K matching funds program is a unique opportunity for camps to effectively double their fundraising efforts, leveraging both their donor’s gifts and staff/volunteer time. C4K is not aware of another organization providing this type of support to help assure that no Kansas City area child will be turned away from camp.
The matching funds program is a collaborative effort by area supporters to encourage donations to camp programs for children and youth, many of whom have special medical, developmental or financial needs. The objective of the program is to match an agreed-upon amount of funds raised by the participating camps between April 1 and July 31 each year. Single contributions are matched up to $1,500 per donor and C4K will only match a maximum of 50% of a camp's program budget. The underlying goal for the program is to help camps have the funds to assure that children will not be denied the camping experience because of low income or developmental or physical challenges.
Camps in the network each have a specific focus, many related to children’s health. Including; chronic kidney disease, autism spectrum disorders, spina bifida, cancer, foster care children, bereavement therapy, burn victims, Crohn’s and colitis, diabetes, developmental challenges, and congenital heart disease. Many camps have small staffs and utilize volunteers to conduct their activities. Their focus is on providing an outstanding camping experience for the children. Few have dedicated personnel with enough time to raise the needed funds to support the camp’s programs.
Needs Statement

Camp is an opportunity for kids to explore the outdoors, build confidence, and nurture their social and emotional well-being. It also bridges the gap between school years and aids in limiting learning loss during the summer. Educators, child experts, and parents know that children/youth benefit from summer camp experiences, but for kids with financial need or physical or developmental challenges, the opportunities are limited. 

 Research shows lower-income youth lose two months of learning, or 22% of the school year, during summer. Losses are cumulative; lower-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or attend college. Lower-income youth are also more likely to experience negative health outcomes, such as obesity, over summer. 

Likewise, many special needs children often do not have the opportunity to explore the outdoors or try new things. Living with a disabled child can also have profound effect on all aspects of family functioning and can take a toll on the mental and physical health of the entire family.

C4K works to secure $170,000 to ensure that the 20 camps in its network receive the match funds allocated to them. Corporations, foundations, and individuals are needed to raise funds for the program.

Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Ray County
MO - Lafayette
KS - Leavenworth County
MO - Clinton
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Former President Kent Seston's 2012 Annual Report Statement:
My daughter once asked me, “Daddy, why do you spend so much time working with Camps For Kids?”
Periodically, I think about our family’s summer evenings. We talk about the events of the day and my kids brim with enthusiasm about their experiences at summer camp. My eldest helped her counselor build a rocket and spent a week building bird houses to provide to charity. My youngest learned to dive from a diving board and spent time identifying local birds. Both tell tales of the new friends they met at summer camp and past relationships rekindled.
Several weeks ago, my eldest daughter and I discussed her desire to attend an overnight (and out of state) camp focused on her sport of choice, soccer. She is excited about the prospects of “getting away from parents” even if only for a short time. I am excited that she will explore her independence, develop new friendships and learn new skills.
The experiences that my children have gained and will expect to gain through their participation in summer camp form the reasons why I spend so much time working with Camps For Kids. I believe that all children benefit greatly from the wonders of summer camp. Research by the American Camping Association confirms what even the first camp directors knew. Camps are potent fun. Parents and staff reported significant growth in campers’ self-esteem, independence, leadership, friendship skills, adventure-seeking, environmental awareness, and healthy decision-making. The positive feedback that the camps in our network hear from the parents of campers confirms my belief and the research is heartwarming.
Camps For Kids works to assure that no Kansas City area youngster is denied the benefits of summer camp due to medical disability or financial disadvantage. I am grateful to the many camp directors, thousands of volunteer counselors, peers, doctors, nurses, parents and all of you, who have continued to make it possible for children burdened with disability, financial need, or lack of families to experience the wonders of camp – a forest sunrise, a lake-mirrored sunset, a ride on and smell of a horse, a bow and arrow, a sing-a-long, a rope climb, swing or zip-line, a tree house, a morning swim, an evening campfire, owl pellets, frogs, a fawn hiding in the forest scrub, frogs, catching a fish and letting it go, ghost stories, bug juice, mess hall food, tree trunks, rock climbs, ants, spiders and other crawlies, mud slides, water chutes, sports, snacks, and most importantly – other kids with the same burden, in short – friends for life.
Kent Seston – Former Board President

The Camps for Kids matching funds program is the organization's focus. It is a collaborative effort by area supporters to encourage donations to camp programs for children and youth with special medical, emotional or financial needs.

The goal of the program is to match an agreed-upon amount of funds raised by the participating camps between April 1 and July 31 each year. Each camp is approved for a certain amount of its fundraising to be matched. The match continues as long as matching funds are available or the camp reaches its approved goal within the program's time frame. Also of note, single contributions are matched up to $1,500 and Camps for Kids will only match a maximum of 50% of a camp's program budget.

In addition, many supporters value Camps for Kids for its service of vetting the network of camps it serves. These efforts help assure prospective donors of the camps' authenticity and competence, further motivating them to contribute.

Program Budget $557,750.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Other Health/Disability, People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short-Term Success
Short-Term Success will result from our efforts at marketing the possibilities of Long-Term success and our mission to Kansas City area Foundations, Corporations and Individuals so that they will join Camps For Kids in making sure that no child will be turned away from the camping experience because of physical, emotional or developmental disabilities or because they are unable to afford the experience.  At the same time, our support for the Camps For Kids network of accredited camps that serve these children in need, will enable each camp to do the very best they can to fulfill their own missions.
Long-Term Success
Camps For Kids would consider its mission to be a Long-Term Success if it could achieve the following, as the American Camp Association found in a 2003-2004 study of 80 ACA Accredited camps which demonstrated that: 
  • ...Camps, more than some other youth programs, provide positive developmental environments for youth, especially in providing supportive relationships with adults and peers, and in skill building.  
  • That ...while strengths vary by camp type and sponsor, ALL camps have the potential to provide positive experiences foundational to practicing successful life skills. 
  • That...the value of camp for campers is enhanced by attending camps in multiple summers or for sessions that are as long as practicable. 
  • That...the greatest challenge for all youth programs, including camps, after-school programs and schools, is to provide meaningful opportunities for youth to learn and practice life-building skills in leadership and decision-making.
Program Success Monitored By
Each camp in our network re-applies annually with two reports and is visited by Executive Director and Board members:  
A Demographics Report measures: 
  • The number and demographics of needy children served
  • New donors and funds received
  • Four year history of children served
The Camps Application Compilation measures:
  • Numbers of disabled or needy campers 
  • Costs per child
  • Percent of city/state funds, fundraising, or camper fees
  • Three year history of percent of match to camp budgets
  • The number of campers funded by camp-designated gifts and/or matching funds
  • Three-year history of camp-designated and matching donations
  • Number of sites, sessions, weeks, volunteers and employees
  • Accreditations
  • Comparisons of contributions, public support, and fees compared to expenses per camper
  • Pivot table of zip codes of all kids served in all eleven counties considered Kansas City metro area
  • Camp contact and visit-schedule information.
Examples of Program Success
In 2016, the Camps For Kids Match Program helped 21 camps raise $200,000 and matched eligible donations in the amount of $170,000.
Camp is the most life changing experience for our kids. Kids tell me they live for the day they go to camp. For our kids it is often the only place they are accepted and have a friend. --Joshua Camp Director

Camp Quality donors prefer to give during the Camps for Kids matching campaign. We know how much this program means to us; our donors reinforce that by sharing how great it makes them feel to be a part of the matching campaign and to have their donation doubled…by an incredible local organization that supports the camping experience in the Kansas City area!

CEO Comments
Visiting the camps in the Camps for Kids network each summer is a privilege. Having the opportunity to meet the kids and the camp staff and volunteers who  bring the camping experience alive is awe-inspiring. Sights to see can include a birthday party for all, line dance to end lunch, canoe ride, mud-slide, rope-climb-swing-rappel, dress-up dance (in wheel chairs), nature hike, horses, archery, sports, swimming, arts and crafts, collecting bugs, catching fish and throwing them back -- and the happy faces that get to do it all. 
There is one other experience that might be the most moving and important of all -- seeing children meet other kids that have the same illness or disability.  They find themselves within a group of "themselves" whether severely burned, in a wheel chair, needing daily dialysis, taking cancer, heart, diabetes, or other medications, and developing life-long friends whom they will never forget.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Regina A Weir
Term Start Mar 2017
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Experience The Executive Director has a strong and extensive background in the Kansas City non-profit community regarding the health and welfare of all members of our community but especially disenfranchised populations, specifically children and youth.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. Ray A. Delia 2010 - 2015
Mr. Steve McCue May 2005 - Oct 2010
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 25
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Camps For Kids will serve a network of 20 camps with close to 4,000 Kansas City children and youth with disabilities or in financial need.

Friends of Alvin Ailey Camp;  Camps Carousel and Camp Erin;  Camp Encourage;  Camp MITIOG;  Camp Oasis;  Camp Planet D;  Camp Quality; Camp WIN;  Joshua Center Camp;   Mattie Rhodes Center;   Missouri Children’s Burn Camp;  Royal Family Kids Camp;  Whatsoever Community Center;  Wildwood Outdoor Education Center;  Kingdom Kids Camp; CHD Families Camp Systole; Camp Hope; and Heartland Therapeutic Riding Camp.   

Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Stacey Deere
Company Affiliation Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2020
Board Members
Mr. Spencer Dean Spring Venture Group
Ms. Stacey Deere Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Ms. Amy Lucas US Gypsum
Mr. Darryl Mattox Gragg Advertising
Mr. Christopher McQueen TPP Certified Public Accountants, LLC
Ms. Dana Mehrer Silpada
Ms. Susan Melton St. Luke's Foundation
Mr. Brad I. Pearson DeSimone Pearson, LC
Mr. Peter E. Powell PHR Holdings, LLC
Ms. Celtina Reinert Queen's Price Chopper
Ms. Dianne Ryan Community Volunteer
Mr. David Senter Veterinary Allergy and Dermatology Clinic, LLC
Mr. Randy Spector KS Gas Service
Mr. Steven J. Streen Law PC
Mr. Burton Taylor Proventus
Mr. Doug Wright University of Kansas
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 100000
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 50%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Ms. Angela Andresen-Smart Hall Family Foundation
Ms. Bunni Copaken Copaken White Blitt
Ms. Debbie Sosland-Edelman Sosland Foundation
Ms. Carey Wilkerson-Looney H&R Block Foundation
CEO Comments

Camps For Kids Board of Directors is composed of a maximum of 29 members. The most important qualification for our volunteer leadership is dedication to the Camps For Kids mission. In addition, board members are selected to be representative of the community we serve, to bring their professional expertise to bear on our work and to connect Camps For Kids with both the financial and human resources necessary to facilitate the organization’s growth. Perhaps the most important part of our strategic planning process has been a restructuring of the board in order to clarify responsibilities with regard to key stakeholders and functions: fund development (individuals, corporations, foundations and special events), camp allocations and grant administration. Consequently, each board member should be involved in overseeing clear goals and measurable outcomes. Since Camps For Kids employs only one staff person, it is essential that the board be dynamic in its planning and active in the daily operation. 

Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $445,000
Projected Expenses $457,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements. 
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$205,789$246,603$232,567
Administration Expense$36,344$17,429$35,188
Fundraising Expense$6,195$13,109$25,497
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.391.020.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%89%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%5%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$206,647$123,294$109,521
Current Assets$206,647$123,245$109,374
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,473$15,591$8,530
Total Net Assets$205,174$107,703$100,991
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities140.297.9012.82
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Sarli Family Foundation $75,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation $50,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Hall Family Foundation $40,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Camps For Kids regularly receives contributions where the donor has designated that the gift is for a specific camp in the Camps For Kids Network.  While these amounts are included in our financial statements as campaign efforts, they are deducted prior to reporting total revenues and other support.  They do not appear in the company's 990.
While these funds are deducted prior to reporting of total revenues, we believe that Camps For Kids plays an integral role in raising these funds.  In addition to the current fundraising efforts of the organization and the Board, as well as the generous foundation support the company has received over the years, we recognize the importance of expanding the foundation base from which we draw support.
Organization Name Camps for Kids
Address 5960 Dearborn, Suite 225
Mission, KS 66202
Primary Phone (816) 8396494
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Regina A Weir
Board Chair Ms. Stacey Deere
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Year of Incorporation 1980
Former Names
The Camping Connection