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Camp STAR

Amputee Camp
August 10-16, 2014

Stay tuned for information about Camp STAR 2014.

About Camp STAR
Camp STAR is a seven-day retreat that provides campers, age 8 through 18, with an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee/Spencer Campground (near Zelienople, Pa).

Camp STAR began in 1976. The goal of Camp STAR is to support and empower youth with limb difference or loss to be healthy, confident, and active, all while creating positive social interaction and developing peer support.

Campers (age 8 through 18) are encouraged to make new friends and share their experiences. Camp provides them with an opportunity to participate in sports and other camp activities to the best of their abilities without fear of being judged by others.

Campers view our Counselors and Counselors-In-Training* (CIT) as positive role models, many of whom have some type of limb loss and were campers themselves at one time. They can speak from their past experiences, hospitalizations, tests, surgeries, and illnesses, and are proof that children with limb loss can become normally functioning adolescents and young adults.

Camp STAR Activities
Camp STAR offers standard summer camp activities, including:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Basketball
  • Campfires
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing/rappelling wall
  • Fishing
  • Hayrides
  • High & low ropes
  • Lazy river float
  • Nature
  • Sleeping under the Stars
  • Swimming
  • Team building
  • Tennis
  • Trail of Courage (obstacle course)
  • Volleyball
  • Zip line

Educational Activities

Two activities that offer an educational element are Ask the Prosthetist/Physical Therapist and Ask the Counselor.

During Ask the Prosthetist/Physical Therapist, campers are encouraged to ask questions regarding their prosthetics and about different ways to navigate through the everyday activities of life. During this time, the prosthetist will also 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 their stories about their amputations, what kind of procedures they have had, how they have learned to cope in various situations, and what they do outside of Camp STAR. Campers are encouraged to ask the counselors questions regarding:

  • How they deal with daily life activities
  • How they have adjusted to being an amputee
  • What to tell people about their amputations
  • How to deal with physical limitations

Information and Cost

Thanks to the generosity of many donors, a $50 non-refundable registration fee is the only cost requested of each camper. No camper is ever turned away for financial reasons. Please request a fee waiver, if needed.

For registration forms and questions regarding Camp STAR 2013, please contact co-director Cindy McCue, Camp STAR co-director, at 412-370-5481 or via e-mail at cindymcq1@gmail.com.

Stay tuned for information about Camp STAR 2014!

Camp STAR
2504 Atlas Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

Last Update
February 21, 2014
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