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Camp STAR Lets Kids With Limb Loss/Amputations Enjoy Traditional Summer Camp Experience

As many as two dozen children ages 8 – 18 from the region with limb loss and amputations

The children will be attending Camp STAR (Summer Time Amputee Retreat, which is supported by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Camp STAR is a four-day getaway that began in 1976. The program’s goal is to give support to young children with limb loss and amputations by empowering them to be healthy, confident and active; all while creating positive social interaction and developing peer support.

Camp STAR activities include: paddle-boating, fishing, arts and crafts, campfires, hayrides, climbing/rappelling wall, dance, tennis, volleyball, swimming, an obstacle course, basketball and canoeing.

Campers will have role models in Camp STAR counselors and junior counselors, many of whom have some type of limb loss and were campers themselves at one time. They can speak from past experiences, hospitalizations, tests, surgeries and illnesses; and are proof that children with limb loss can be normally functioning adolescents and young adults.

Camp STAR offers several unique activities, including “Ask the Prosthetist/Physical Therapist” and “Ask the Counselor.” During “Ask the Prosthetist/Physical Therapist,” campers are encouraged to ask about their prosthetics and about different ways to deal with the everyday activities of life. The prosthetist will give updates on the newest prosthetic information in the market today.

The “Ask the Counselor” session is held with the entire group. During this session, the counselors share stories about their amputations, what kind of procedures they have had, how they have learned to cope with their conditions, and what they do outside of Camp STAR.

Thursday, June 12 – Sunday, June 15, 2008

Camp Kon-O-Kwee/Spencer Campground
126 Nagel Road
Fombell, PA 16123

Learn more about Camp STAR.


Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

Last Update
November 3, 2008
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Last Update
November 3, 2008