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The staff of Camp Chihopi looks forward to welcoming past campers and inviting new campers to this fun-filled summer camp for children ages 7-15 who have had liver or intestine transplants.
This webpage includes all the details you need to know about attending camp. If you have any further questions, please contact Bev Kosmach at 412-692-6115 or at Beverly.Kosmach@chp.edu.
Registration will be held at the Wyndham Hotel in Oakland on Thursday, August 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. The Wyndham is about four blocks from the old Children’s Hospital site at 100 Lytton Avenue, near the Cathedral of Learning.
Please turn into the Wyndham driveway and drop off your child in front of the hotel. You will see Camp Chihopi staff, wearing camp t-shirts, who will help with your child’s luggage and direct you to the registration area.
As you enter the Wyndham, proceed to Registration in the upper level conference rooms, which are up the stairway to the right. At Registration, staff will check that all consents and releases have been submitted and signed. The camp nurses will review your child’s medication list and any medical needs. Following registration, campers will be supervised by their counselors and meet their cabin mates. All parents must leave the registration area by 11 a.m. The campers and staff will have lunch before boarding the buses to depart for camp.
Complimentary parking is in the lot behind the Pittsburgh Athletic Association (PAA), not at the Wyndham. If you park on site at the Wyndham, you will be charged the regular daily rate. Drive out of the Wyndham area after dropping off your child and make a right onto Tennyson Ave. Then make a right onto 5th Avenue followed by an immediate right onto Lytton Avenue at the PAA. The parking lot is behind the building, about ½ block down on the left.
A Brunch for families and siblings will be held on Thursday, August 11 following Registration. This event will be held at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association (PAA), located across Lytton Avenue from the Wyndham, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
During Brunch, you can meet other families, staff from the Department of Transplant Surgery at Children’s, hospital staff, and representatives from the supportive services that have contributed to camp. A short program will be presented to update you on current treatments and outcomes in transplantation. An invitation and RSVP will be sent to you after we receive your child’s registration forms.
The camp nurses will review each camper’s medications (PDF) at Registration, checking dosages and amounts as well as any additional medical requirements (PDF) your child may have. Please send a 4-day supply of medications in their original pharmacy labeled bottles, small individually labeled baggies, or in a pill organizer.
If your child requires an IV or feeding pump, please bring his/her home care pump and supplies including extra batteries and extra supplies in case they are needed. We have limited extra supplies at the Emma Kauffman Camp Health Center and are not able to supply pumps, fluids, formulas, flushes, ostomy supplies or tubing from Children’s Hospital.
The camp nurses are responsible for giving medications from Thursday at 11 a.m. until Sunday at 3 p.m. Please consider changing administration times if appropriate to decrease the amount of medications needed during camp.
Please be sure that you child has a good breakfast on Thursday morning and has taken all morning medications. Check that you have enough medication for your entire trip to Pittsburgh. We can not supply missing doses at Camp.
Your child must have labs drawn prior to attending camp. Labs should be obtained between June 1 and August 5, 2015. If your child is a patient at Children’s Hospital, your child’s labs will be accessed from our database. You do not have to send the lab report with your child’s registration forms. Additionally, all intestine transplant recipients must have their annual endoscopy completed within the last year to attend camp. Charts will be reviewed for compliance to these requests. Children will not be permitted to attend camp if these requirements are not completed.
Additionally, all intestine transplant recipients must have had an endoscopy and/or ileoscopy within the last year, between August 15, 2015 and August 10, 2016.
Campers who are not patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and receive care from other transplant centers must also submit the following items:
Campers and staff will depart from the Wyndham on Thursday, August 11 at around 11:30 a.m. It is a 2-hour bus ride to the camp site. Camper activities will begin immediately upon arriving at camp.
The campers and staff will depart camp by bus on Sunday, August 14 at approximately 1 p.m., arriving at the Wyndham around 3 p.m.. Weather permitting, families should wait outside the Wyndham on Lytton Avenue for the children to return.
There is no complementary parking available on Sunday. You can park on site at the Wyndham or at available spaces on the street.
Please be prompt in picking up your child on Sunday. Counselors will wait with their campers until a parent arrives. There will be staff available to assist you in finding your child’s luggage. Please check the name on each bag and be sure you have picked up all your child’s bags. We are not responsible for lost items.
For those of you whose children have attended camp before, we hope that you continue to be comfortable with the care, supervision, and activities at Camp Chihopi. If you have any concerns about your child’s needs at camp (separation anxiety, bed wetting, nightmares, etc.), please call Bev Kosmach to discuss these issues so that we can insure that your child has a positive experience at camp. Your child’s counselor will also be calling you and your child a few days prior to camp as an introduction to our staff and camp. This is also a good time to discuss concerns with your child’s counselor.
It is important that campers and parents understand the rules of appropriate behavior at camp as established by Camp Chihopi as well as the Emma Kauffman Camp. Please read and discuss these rules with your child (PDF). Both the camper and parent must sign this form. If a child is expelled from camp, a parent will be required to pick up their child from camp within a reasonable time of being informed of the expulsion. The child will not be permitted to participate in camp activities while waiting for their parent and will be supervised in the Health Center by staff during this time.
We request that children do not bring cell phones to camp and if they do, we ask that parents refrain from calling or texting their children during camp. Additionally, service is limited in the camp area and phones are lost and damaged every year. Camp Chihopi/Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is not responsible for lost or damaged cell phones.
There are several options for housing for families staying in the Pittsburgh area while their child is at camp. The Wyndham is offering a reduced rate for a limited number of rooms to campers’ families, but you must call on or before August 1. If interested, please call 412-682-6200 and tell them you are with Camp Chihopi, Children’s Hospital.
There are also other chain hotels in the Oakland area and the suburbs including the Hampton Inn (412-681-1000), the Residence Inn (412-621-2200) and the Quality Inn (412-683-6100).
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