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About Camp Discovery


AAD Camp Discovery

For one week out of the year, kids with chronic skin conditions from across the United States and around the world will come to Camp Discovery to experience an adventure filled with fun, friendship, and personal growth. Everyone, regardless of their skin condition, can experience activities such as fishing, swimming, archery, horseback riding, nature trails, and just plain fun!

Camp Discovery was founded in 1993 and offers a summer camp experience like no other. For one week out of the year, kids with chronic skin conditions from across the United States and around the world will come to Camp Discovery to experience an adventure filled with fun, friendship, and personal growth. Everyone, regardless of their skin condition, can experience activities such as fishing, swimming, archery, horseback riding, nature trails, and just plain fun!

Camp Discovery forest photo
Camp Discovery forest photo
Under the expert care of dermatologists and nurses, Camp Discovery offers campers the opportunity to spend a week among other young people who have similar skin conditions. Many of the counselors have chronic skin conditions as well, and can provide support and advice to campers.

There is no fee for camp. All costs, including transportation, are provided by the American Academy of Dermatology through generous donations from its members, other organizations, and individuals. The American Academy of Dermatology is proud to offer this experience to about 300 children each year.

Why you should choose Camp Discovery for your child

For one week out of the year, kids with chronic skin conditions from across the United States and around the world will come to Camp Discovery to experience an adventure filled with fun, friendship, and personal growth. Download this flyer and learn why you should choose Camp Discovery.

Camp Discovery referral form

To attend Camp Discovery, a dermatologist must first refer the child to the Academy for admission. To refer a patient, simply download the camper referral form and submit it back to the Academy by email/fax. For questions, please contact jmueller@aad.org or call (847) 240-1737.


Learn more about our camp locations

Crosslake, Minnesota

Our location in Crosslake, Minnesota is nestled on a 30-acre peninsula of beautiful, wooded land surrounded by lake shore. The campsite, known as Camp Knutson, features a beach, a popular spot with campers who enjoy swimming, boating, and other safe water activities.

For more information about the Crosslake, Minnesota location, please visit www.campknutson.org.

Millville, Pennsylvania

Camp Victory is located in Millville, Pennsylvania on 130 scenic acres, which features 12 sleeping cabins with restrooms, a large and small dining hall, a pool, spacious bathhouse, a challenge course featuring a zipline, climbing wall and low ropes area, fishing and paddleboat pond, primitive camping area for tents, many pavilion areas, a bike program, archery, nature center, an outdoor amphitheater, treehouse, and a fully equipped med shed to handle all medical cares.

For more information about the Millville, Pennsylvania location, please visit www.campvictory.org.

Burton, Texas

Our location in Burton, Texas is located between Houston and Austin in the rolling hills of Washington County. The 206-acre campsite, known as Camp For All, was once part of a working ranch and features more than 100,000 square feet of facilities, two lakes, nature trails, wooded areas, and cleared areas for activities such as horseback riding, field sports, and a ropes course.

For more information about the Burton, Texas location, please visit www.campforall.org.

Hebron, Connecticut

Our location in Hebron, Connecticut is known as Camp Hemlocks and is a fully accessible, barrier-free, summer-camp facility located on 100 acres of unspoiled woodlands surrounding Jones Pond. Camp Hemlocks is located 20 miles south east of Hartford and features a wide range of activities such as archery, fishing, a climbing wall, and indoor pool.

For more information about the Hebron, Connecticut location, please visit Easterseals of Oak Hill - Camp Hemlocks.

Mountain Center, California

Nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times campsite is a few miles from the scenic town of Idyllwild.

Our facilities, Apple Canyon Center, are designed specifically for our campers; enabling guests to enjoy the magic and beauty of a wondrous wooded hideaway while being only minutes away from comprehensive medical facilities and services. Surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land, the campsite provides majestic mountain views, open meadows, and stately 100-year old pine trees. Campers will enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and all the fun and games that overnight camp provides.

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