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Camp Discovery offers a safe, fun-filled environment for kids living with moderate to severe and/or chronic skin conditions, aged 8-16. 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.

At Camp Discovery, campers can just be kids. At all locations across the United States, they get to experience the freedom, fun, and friendships of a traditional camp experience in a judgement-free environment. Every camper is encouraged to express themselves freely and participate in activities with peers without fear of stigma, fostering self-confidence and helping them see beyond their conditions.

On-site medical professionals and volunteers provide care and support for campers’ daily skincare regimens, giving families peace of mind and a respite from the demands of caregiving.

Apply to Camp

Attendance at Camp Discovery requires a dermatologist referral. Share the referral form with your dermatologist, who will submit it to the AAD.

Download Referral Form

Plotting a course to camp

AAD Camp Discovery | Camp locations & sessions
Locations & sessions

Camp Discovery is offered in July and August at locations in 5 states: California, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Financial assistance for travel is available.

AAD Camp Discovery | Apply to camp
How to apply to camp

Attendance at Camp Discovery requires a dermatologist referral. Families should complete and share the referral form with their dermatologist, who will submit it to the AAD.

AAD Camp Discovery | The camper experience
The camper experience

What does a typical day at camp look like? From cabins to swimming to crafts, activities are designed to give campers the opportunity to participate, regardless of their skin conditions.

AAD Camp Discovery | Camper medical care
Camper medical care

Dermatologists, dermatology residents, and their care teams staff each location to support campers’ daily care regimens and their participation in activities, giving families peace of mind.

AAD Camp Discovery | Prepare for camp
Prepare for camp

Whether you’re an experienced camper or this is your first time, these tips will help you prepare and know what to bring with you to keep the focus on fun and adventure.

AAD Camp Discovery | Frequently asked questions

Looking for more information? Check out these frequently asked questions.