Camp Wakchazi: Sibling Bereavement Camp

Camp Wakchazi is a summer camp dedicated to addressing the needs of bereaved siblings. It is an initiative of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Campers, ages 7-18. are encouraged to make new friends and share their experiences while taking time to heal in a safe, supportive environment. Interested campers should contact Melanie Szigethy or call 412-748-1596

Camp Wakchazi 2024

Dates: June 8-14, 2024

Location: Sharpsburg, PA

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Volunteer Counselors Needed!

Volunteer counselors are needed for this year’s Camp Wakchazi.

This opportunity is open to college students in any field, but would be particularly valuable to students in:

  • Nursing
  • Pre-medicine
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Child Life
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology

Volunteers gain hands-on, diverse experience working with children. Volunteers will:

  • Facilitate a variety of interventions independently for individual campers and small groups in a supervised environment.
  • Lead groups, social and emotional interventions, outdoor activities, and programming through a recreation lens.
  • Be directly supervised by an interdisciplinary team from UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (social work, child life, music therapy, art therapy, & medical providers).

Interested volunteers should contact Melanie Szigethy at 412-748-1596 or