Camp Wakchazi: Sibling Bereavement Program

August 18 to 20, 2017

What is Camp Wakchazi?

Camp Wakchazi is a sibling bereavement camp of the Supportive Care Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Many children struggling with the grief of losing a sibling may not know other kids who have gone through the same thing. This can be scary and lonely for a child.

Camp Wakchazi:

  • Gives bereaved siblings the chance for a weekend away to focus on fun and healing.
  • Brings bereaved siblings together to learn, play, and heal.
  • Connects campers to role models in the form of Peer Counselors — a group of bereaved siblings, ages 17 to 23. They have been through the loss of a sibling and volunteer their time to serve as camp leaders.

Where is Camp Wakchazi?

This year's camp is at Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer YMCA in Fombell, Pa. (near Zelienople), August 18-20.

The Supportive Care Team, Camp Kon-O-Kwee staff, and Peer Counselors supervise activities throughout the three-day weekend.

Fun Things to Do at Camp Wakchazi

We encourage campers to make new friends, share their experiences, and take part in fun camp activities such as:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Trail of Courage (obstacle course)
  • Archery
  • Swimming
  • Camp fires
  • Rock climbing
  • Pittsburgh Zoo Mobile Unit
  • And more!

Contact Us About Camp Wakchazi

For questions about Camp Wakchazi, contact Riley Herrmann, Sibling Bereavement Camp Coordinator, at 412-692-6298 or