About Our Camp

We strive to foster a spirit of joy in a fun, safe and medically sound, urban recreational environment that builds self esteem, independence and friendships for children living with cancer .

Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago (CKAKC) is a nonprofit organization. We provide a camp for kids living with and beyond cancer and their siblings in a fun, safe and medically sound urban recreational environment and with no financial cost to campers families.

We are proud members of KOA Care Camps and Children’s Oncology Camping Association-International (COCA-I), an organization of 125 member camps, founded in 1982, which served the needs of 35,500 campers in 2014.


Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago is staffed by diverse and caring volunteers who are carefully selected, screened, and assigned. Everyone, from the cabin counselors to the medical team, is a volunteer committed to making the week spectacular. All volunteers must be at least 21, complete a thorough application process which includes an interview and background check, and must participate in extensive mandatory training.

Our volunteers come from all over Chicago and the country. We have a minimum of 2 campers to 1 counselor supervision ratio. With our leadership, program, and medical volunteers, our ratio is 1 on 1.

All Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago staff share a commitment to the well-being and happiness of our campers and often say that camp is a life-changing experience that exceeds their highest expectations.

Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago provides quality medical care from a team of professionals including physicians and nurses who are onsite 24 hours a day. Our Medical Team reviews every camper’s application and coordinates care with their treating physicians. The camp medical team is available onsite at all times to administer medications, change dressings, and respond to all camper health needs. There is always one Pediatric Oncologist Doctor on-site and at least 4 nurses and they come from one of the many Pediatric Oncology Children’s Hospitals in the Chicago-land area.


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A place for campers to have fun, and just be kids in a safe, medically appropriate environment.


Luxury bunk rooms at the Palmer House and Drake Hotel.


Fun, engaging activities for everyone at all health levels.


Trained medical professionals are always present.


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At Camp Kids are Kids Chicago, we are decicated to providing a great experience, along with maintaining the best standard of care for our campers.

COCA-I is strengthening the International community of children with cancer and their families through networking, education and advocacy since 1982. COCA-I Member camps proudly served the needs of over 35,500 campers in 2014.

Care Camps make a difference in the lives of children with cancer by supporting our camp and camps like ours through their generous grants.