SBA’s National Conference has a place for children of all ages living with or without Spina Bifida.  We call it Kids!Camp. This is the only national camp specifically designed for children with this birth defect and their siblings. All of the participants in the program learn valuable skills while having fun.

Kids!Camp teaches self-reliance, confidence, socialization skills, and independence. It helps attendees to feel empowered as individuals, become valuable team players, and gives them a greater sense of belonging while engaging in activities that in the past have included swimming, rock climbing (walls), and more.

The feedback from previous attendees is always positive and repeat attendance remains at a consistent high. All year long, children with Spina Bifida from all over the country and the world, look forward to that one week when they won’t be “the kid with Spina Bifida…the kid in the wheelchair…the kid who’s different.” They know at Kids!Camp they will just be a kid.

Attendees are placed in the program by age group and are lead through activities by counselors. Nurses are available to help with cathing throughout the day and parents may stop in at any time to check on their children.

Kids!Camp Registration

Register online or download the registration form and fax it to 518-399-3033; attn: Kids!Camp Registration/Debra Marshal.

All children registered for Kids!Camp, under the age of 18 years old, must be attending the Conference with a registered adult.

Times of Kids!Camp:

Sunday, June 26 – 9:00am – 5:30pm
Monday, June 27 – 9:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday, June 28 – 9:00am – 12pm

Day Care is available from 12pm to 2:30pm for children who have a parent attending the Celebration Luncheon.

NEW IN 2016: A breakfast buffet for adults and children will be held in the Exhibit Hall (Grand Ballroom on the 2nd Floor) from 8am – 9am on Sunday – Tuesday. Lunch for children will be served during Kids!Camp on Sunday and Monday. Parents’ lunch will be held in the Exhibit Hall.

Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation will be in Atrium 4.

For additional information please refer to the “Parents” tab below.

All Kids!Camp schedules are subject to change. 

Bard Medical provides emergency personal care products. 

Parent Orientation: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Plaza 4

This is a very important opportunity for parents to meet the Kids!Camp staff. At this meeting, staff introduces themselves and discusses the week ahead and parents ask any questions they may have.

Parents please note:

  • Lunch is provided at Kids!Camp, but breakfast will be served with all conference participants.
  • Nurses are on site to assist with catheterizing, however, they will not assist with bowel programs.
  • Please provide all bathroom supplies for your child. Emergency bathroom supplies are available if needed.
  • Please fill out the parent locator form that is located in the Kids!Camp registration. Bring the form to your child’s drop off location on Monday Morning.
  • Kids!Camp ends at 12:30 on Tuesday to provide opportunity to attend the Celebration Luncheon. Daycare provided if attending the celebration luncheon.