Camp Wakchazi: Sibling Bereavement Program

Sunday, June 28 to Thursday, July 2, 2020

What is Camp Wakchazi 2020?

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

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, ages 7-17, the chance for a weekend away to focus on healing, growth, and fun.
  • 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 18 to 23, who have been through the loss of a sibling and volunteer their time to serve as camp leaders.

Where is Camp Wakchazi 2020?

Camp Wakchazi is held at YMCA Camp Soles in Rockwood, PA (near Somerset) from June 28 to July 2, 2020

The Supportive Care Team, YMCA Camp Soles staff, and Peer Counselors supervise activities throughout the 5-day camp.

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
  • Waterfront: paddle boards, fishing, etc.
  • Pittsburgh Zoo Mobile Unit
  • Yoga and more!

Contact Us About Camp Wakchazi

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