Heart Camp

June 9-15, 2024

What is Heart Camp?

Each year, more than 150 children ages 8-17 with heart conditions come from across the United States to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer YMCA in Fombell, Pa. (near Zelienople).

Campers are encouraged to make new friends, share their experiences, and participate in sports and other camp activities to the best of their abilities, without fear of being judged by others.

Physicians, nurses, volunteers, and other members of the Children's Hospital staff, as well as the camp directors, supervise activities throughout the weeklong event. Campers also have the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns related to their heart defect with their doctors, nurses, and peers. Learn More »

Read more about Dr. Bill Neches, Hosting Heart Camp for Kids.

When is Heart Camp?

Dr. Bill Neches Heart Camp for Kids is held the week before Father's Day every year starting on the Sunday before and ending on Saturday, the day before Father's Day.


The arrival time for camp will be determined by groupings to manage lines and resources during check-in. You will be notified when to drop your child off at camp by the Heart Camp staff.


Will also be in groups to manage resources and traffic through the camp. You will be notified when to pick up your child at camp by the Heart Camp staff.

Inquiries and Additional Information

For questions about the Dr. Bill Neches Heart Camp for Kids, contact Dan Cork (corkd3@upmc.edu) or Joanne Cottle (cottlejk2@upmc.edu).

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