Frequently Asked Questions

What activities are offered?

Camp activities include boating and tubing on Cheat Lake, swimming, horseback riding, arts and crafts, land sports, music activities, and cookouts. There is a special all-camp activity on Saturday afternoon and the most popular event, the annual Camp Party is on Saturday night. Learn more about Camp Chihopi activities.

I would like my child to attend camp, but we can't afford to travel so far.

If you would like your child to attend Camp Chihopi but other wise are unable to attend camp due to the registration fee and the expense of travel and lodging, please contact Bev Kosmach-Park (412-692-6115). Limited contributions may be available to partially defray costs, particularly if you live greater than 100 miles from Pittsburgh.

What if my child is from another transplant center?

Campers who are not patients at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and receive care from other transplant centers must also submit the following items:

  • A copy of your child's lab results, obtained between June 1 and August 5, 2016
  • A copy of your child's most recent history and physical and/or physician office visit
  • A letter from your PCP or transplant physician that states that your child is physically able to attend camp

How much does it cost to attend camp?

The fee for this 4-day camp is $40. Learn more about camp costs and where to submit payment.

Does my child need to have labs done before camp?

Your child must have labs drawn prior to attending camp, any time between June 1 and August 5, 2016. If your child is a patient at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, you do not need to send a copy of the lab results with your camp application. We will have access to the database for your child's labs. Charts will be reviewed for compliance to this request as of August 5. Patients will not be permitted to attend camp if labs are not obtained by that date. Additionally, all intestine transplant recipients must have and endoscopy completed withing the last year, prior to camp. Endoscopy and biopsy reports will be accessed from the hospital database as of August 5, 2016. 

My child would like to attend camp. What's the next step?

If your child would like to attend camp, please download and complete the camp registration and consent forms and mail, email or fax them by the indicated date.

Can I arrange my child's annual Transplant clinic visit before camp?

If you are interested in having your child's annual check-up at Transplant Clinic before camp, please schedule an appointment for Wednesday, August 10 by calling 412-692-6125. Local patients are encouraged to attend clinic at another convenient time due to the size of this clinic. If your child will be seen in clinic on August 10, please have labs drawn at home within two weeks of your clinic appointment. Results should be faxed to your coordinator at 412-692-6116 prior to August 10 so lab results will be available to review at your child's appointment. Additionally, if you prefer to stay in the Pittsburgh area after camp, you can arrange for your child to be seen in the Transplant Clinic on Monday, August 15.

When and Where is Camp Chihopi?

Camp Chihopi 2016 will be held from Thursday, August 11 through Sunday, August 14 at the Emma Kaufmann Camp along Cheat lake near Morgantown, W.Va, about 90 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Learn more about what to pack for Camp Chihopi.

"It is awesome to get together and not have to worry about your condition; everyone else has gone through the same thing. Since everyone knows what you’re going through, it's easy to talk to and communicate with each other."

- Gabriella, head counselor and former camper