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In addition to the typical outdoor camping activities, Heart Camp offers several unique opportunities. Two of the favorites among the campers that offer an educational element are Ask the Doctor/Nurse and Ask the Counselor.
During the Ask the Doctor/Nurse session, campers are encouraged to ask the doctors and nurses questions about their heart conditions. The medical staff answers each child’s question in simple language that children can understand, often using diagrams and other visual aids. This group discussion helps children recognize they are not “defective” and that their illnesses were not caused by anything bad they may have done.
Campers also ask the doctors and nurses about their future and advances being made in pediatric cardiology.
On the lighter side, children ask the staff personal questions to try to learn more about the people who take care of them.
The Ask the Counselor session is held with the entire group. During this session, each of the counselors shares stories about their heart conditions, what kind of procedures they have had, how they have learned to cope with their conditions and what they do outside of Heart Camp. Campers are then encouraged to ask the counselors questions regarding:
Take a look at our sample camp day to get a sense of just how much campers get to do between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Learn more »
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 on the model of camp which is approved due to the COVID 19 protocols. You will be notified when to drop your child off at camp by the Heart Camp staff.
Will also be determined on the model of camp which is approved due to the COVID 19 protocols. You will be notified when to pick up your child at camp by the Heart Camp staff.
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Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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