Camp out for Kids was founded by Marc Lifshin, Brian Neiswender and Barry Howard in 2008.   As former campers, Marc, Barry, and Brian  understood the magic of summer camp and how it could make a difference in children’s lives.  They also knew that the cost of summer camp was a limitation for many families.

That first year, with the generous support of many volunteers, family, friends, and corporate sponsors, Camp Out for Kids raised enough money to send 22 Chicagoland children and youth to a summer camp of their choice.

To date, Camp Out for Kids has raised over $1.5 million and sent over 3,200 kids to summer camp around the country. We have formed partnerships with many summer camps and non-profit summer programs to ensure we meet the needs and interests of the children we serve.

who we are

Best Camp Memory:
Getting the MVP Award

Favorite Camp Song:
I Want to Linger

Best Camp Advice:
Rock n’ roll!


Favorite Camp:
Illinois State University Soccer Camp

Favorite Camp Activity: 
Capture the Flag

Best Camp Memory: Crossing the rope bridge at the ropes course for the first time

Favorite Camp Song: Didn’t have a favorite song but I have lots of scary campfire stories!

Best Camp Advice: Use your time at camp to make new friendships and try something new or something that you would typically be scared to do. And have fun!  


Favorite Camp:
Camp Saukenauk as a Boy Scout 

Favorite Camp Activity:
Anything adventure related


Best Camp Memory:
Raiding the boys dorm and starting a shaving cream fight. That was messy!

Favorite Camp Song:
I prefer ghost stories!

Best Advice for Campers:
Take a chance and try something new, even if it scares you.


Favorite Camp:
Deer Hollow Ranch in Warrenton, MO

Favorite Camp Activity:
Being bounced off the Water Blob


Throughout the years, Camp Out for Kids has sent children and youth to many different types of camps as well as developed strong relationships with other organizations that provide summer camp experiences and programming.

Please see below for a list of camps that our former campers have attended. If you don’t see the camp your child wants to attend on this list, don’t fret! We are happy to work with you to ensure your child attends a camp that he or she is interested in. Just send us an e-mail and tell us where your child wants to go! If you are a non-profit that administers a summer camp or has summer camp-like programming let’s chat and see how we can work together.

Please note that we cannot guarantee acceptance into any camp. Applying to the summer camp is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.