The American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Camp Discovery program is for children ages 8-16 who have a chronic skin condition.

Under the expert care of dermatologists and nurses, Camp Discovery gives campers the opportunity to spend a week with other young people with skin conditions as well, having fun and participating in lots of activities such as swimming, archery, horseback riding, arts and crafts, etc.

There is no fee to attend, all costs, including air transportation (if necessary), are provided by the AAD through generous donations from its members, outside organizations and individuals.  All campers must be initially referred by their dermatologist and the form is available on the Camp Discovery home page


Camp Discovery – a unique summer camp for kids living with dermatologic disease

During the summer of 2024, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) will sponsor five (5) one-week sessions of Camp Discovery -- a camp designed specifically to meet the medical needs of kids living with chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, alopecia, epidermolysis bullosa, ichthyosis, or any other dermatologic condition that creates an impact on a child’s ability to actively participate in activities/events with their peers.

All campers must be initially referred by their dermatologist and the form is available on the Camp Discovery home page,

2024 Camp Discovery Dates

Crosslake, Minnesota: July 1 - July 6 (ages 13-16)
Crosslake, Minnesota: July 8 - July 13 (ages 8-12)
Burton, Texas: August 4-9 (ages 8-16)
Andover, Connecticut: TBD (ages 8-16)
Millville, Pennsylvania: August 10-16 (ages 8-16)
Mountain Center, California: August 10-16 (ages 8-12)

Provided at no cost to families (including airfare), kids from across the United States, and around the world, attend Camp Discovery to experience an adventure filled with fun, friendship, and personal growth. This unique program provides a safe environment that enables and encourages kids to explore and participate in activities such as fishing, swimming, archery, horseback riding, nature trails, and more. Mastering a new skill, or simply trying something new, Camp Discovery can help your child build strength, resilience, and confidence.

Surrounded by peers who also are living with dermatologic disease, amazing counselors, and a dedicated and caring medical staff - Camp Discovery enables kids to be kids, and simply have fun, in a place where they are understood, they look and feel like everyone else, and their diagnosis is not a barrier.

Referrals can be made by:
· the child's dermatologist,
· those providing medical or psychosocial support to the patient and family, or
· the child's parent or guardian.

The process is easy - just print and complete this REFERRAL FORM,

Then have the child’s dermatologist:
· verify diagnosis,
· provide guidance regarding current health status, and
· indicate all medical needs to best ensure safe and successful participation.

Please let me know if you have any questions… looking forward to making a difference in the lives of so many special children.

With hope –  Sandi Ring, @Sandra Ring

Watch Camp Discovery Video!

For more information about attending, volunteering or donating please visit the Camp Discovery website or contact Janine Mueller at 847-240-1737 or
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