Empowering Kidney Kids for Lifelong Sucess

Youth & Family Kidney Camps


Northwest Kidney Kids offers two Camps Programs - Family Camp and Youth Camp. Both are held at the Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center in Turner, Oregon during August, the Kidney Camp experience provides a safe environment for children and families to gather for educational activities, parent and youth enrichment, emotional support, camaraderie and networking. Participants receive support from professionals who understand these challenges, and children and parents offer meaningful support to one another and develop friendships that extend beyond Camp. Kidney Camp encourages campers to see life beyond their disease while addressing the emotional issues associated with kidney disease and empowering Kidney Kids to achieve lifelong success.

If you are interested in attending Kidney Camp, please contact Julia by e-mailing julia@nwkidneykids.org.


Family Camp


August 4-6, 2017
Aldersgate Retreat Center, Turner, Oregon

Family Kidney Camp is for children with chronic kidney disease (on dialysis or with kidney transplant) and their immediate family members (two parent/caregivers and siblings living in the home). Campers can arrive at Camp as early as 2 pm on Friday and Camp ends at noon on Sunday. There is array of lodging. When registering you can let us know what your needs are (electricity, bathroom, ADA, etc.) The Camp Director will prioritize lodging depending on medical necessity and age of children.

How does my Family Qualify for Camp?


Children currently experiencing end stage renal failure from Birth to 18 years old and their Immediate family (two caregivers and children living in the home). A child experiencing end stage renal failure qualifies for camp if they meet one of the following considerations 1) a child on dialysis - HD or PD 2) Have received a Kidney Transplant 3) Referred for Kidney Transplant 4) Referred to Camp by a Pediatric Nephrologist

How does my family registered for Camp?



2017 Camp Registration is OPEN. It is first come first serve and you must registered by June 15 2017. We prioritize those living in Oregon and SW Washington but if room allows then will welcome families from other states.
Click Here for Family Camp Registration for Kidney Kids Birth to 18 and their immediate families (two caregivers and siblings living in the household)


Kidney Youth Camps

August 6 - 10, 2017
Aldersgate Retreat Center, Turner, Oregon


In 2016 we expanded our Youth Camp to includes children entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade. This was an exciting addition to our already successful Teen Camp. Once again, Youth Camp will start at the close of Family Camp on Sunday, August 6th and will continue until Thursday, August 10, 2017. Youth campers can always join us on Sunday if families will not be attending Kidney Family Camp.

What are the goals of Youth Camp?


The three main goals of Youth Camp are 1) Youth will understand the importance of managing kidney disease for lifelong success. 2) Youth will engage in nutrition and physical wellness programs geared towards kidney disease. 3) Camp will provide Youth an opportunity to connect with others with kidney disease to gain a better understanding of their disease.

What makes us LOVE Kidney Kids Youth Camp is that kids walk away with a sense of belonging and have found connections with kids 'like them.' The empowerment the youth leave Camp with is hard to measure.

Who will be with my kids all week?


Our Camp is lead by our Program Manager, Julia, who has over 10 years of camp experience. We have also have a dedicated team of young adult Camp Counselors who come back year after year. They all themselves have a connection to kidney disease most of them CKD that are living their life. The youth rave about them and we couldn't ask for a better team.

My child has a lot of medical needs, how will they be addressed at Camp?


We have a dedicated nursing staff on site 24/7 throughout camp. We keep nursing 1:12 youth to make sure that your child unique medical care is being address. As camp approaches we will ask you to fill out detail medical forms and each family sits down with our Medical Staff to go over your child's individual needs prior to leaving your child at camp. We also have a pediatric nephrologist doctor on call 24/7 and pediatric dialysis nurses available, if needed.

How does my kid qualify for Youth Camp?


Children currently experiencing end stage renal failure and is entering 6th grade in Fall 2017 through graduated seniors in Spring 2017. A child experiencing end stage renal failure qualifies for camp if they meet one of the following considerations 1) a child on dialysis - HD or PD 2) Have received a Kidney Transplant 3) Referred for Kidney Transplant 4) Referred to Camp by a Pediatric Nephrologist. We prioritize youth campers from Oregon and SW Washington but usually have room for youth from neighboring states.

How does my kid register for Youth Camp?


Click here for Youth Camp Registration exclusively for the Kidney Kid that will be entering sixth grade in Fall 2017 to just graduated from high school in Spring 2017.

I still have questions, who can I talk to?


If you have questions and want to hear more about our Youth Camp Program please call/email Julia julia@nwkidneykids.org or (503) 893-5671
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