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The staff of Camp Chihopi looks forward to welcoming past campers and inviting new campers to this fun-filled summer camp for children ages 7-15 who have had liver or intestine transplants.
This webpage includes all the details you need to know about attending camp. If you have any further questions, please contact Bev Kosmach at 412-692-6115 or at Beverly.Kosmach@chp.edu.
Camper Registration and the Family Brunch will be held on Thursday, August 10 at:
Rodef Shalom Congregation
4905 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
The Rodef Shalom Congregation is located in Oakland, near the University of Pittsburgh campus.
As you are driving down 5th Ave towards the University of Pittsburgh campus, make a right on either Morewood Ave or Devonshire St. to access the large parking lot behind the Congregation. There is no charge for parking. Please enter through the glass doors at the entrance from the parking lot. There will be staff in Chihopi t-shirts to help with your child’s luggage and direct you and your child to the Registration area inside the Congregation.
A brunch for families and siblings will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2023 from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, immediately after camp registration at the Rodef Shalom Congregation. During the Family Brunch, you will meet other families, our Transplant staff, and representatives from the supportive services and agencies that have contributed to camp.
While families are enjoying a delicious buffet brunch, staff from the Department of Transplant Surgery will present updates on current treatments and outcomes in liver and intestine transplantation. Please RSVP to the Family Brunch invitation that is included in the registration form. Note: Campers do not attend the Family Brunch and will be departing for camp at 11 AM.
During Registration, the camp nurses will review each camper’s medications, and will check doses and supply. Please send a 4-day supply of medications in their original pharmacy labeled bottles, small individually labeled baggies, or in a pill organizer. If your child requires an IV or feeding pump, please bring your home care pump as well as extra batteries and supplies in case they are needed.
Camp nurses are responsible for giving medications from Thursday at 11 AM until Sunday at 3 PM. Be sure your child has taken all AM medications and has a good breakfast on Thursday morning before arriving at registration. Pack enough medications for your child to take to camp (4-day supply) and for your entire stay in the Pittsburgh area before returning home.
Your child must have labs drawn prior to attending camp. All campers must have recent lab results available and obtained sometime between May 1 and August 1, 2023. If your child is a patient at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, your child’s labs will be accessed from our database. You do not have to send the lab report with your child’s registration forms. Charts will be reviewed for compliance to these requests. Children will not be permitted to attend camp if these requirements are not completed.
All intestine transplant recipients must have had an annual endoscopy and/or ileoscopy within the previous year, between August 1, 2022 and August 9, 2023. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
Campers who are not patients at UPMC Children’s Hospital and receive care from other transplant centers must also submit the following items:
Campers and staff will depart from the Rodef Shalom Congregation on Thursday, August 10 at approximately 11 a.m. They will arrive at camp around 1 p.m. and begin activities immediately upon arrival.
The campers and staff will depart camp on Sunday, August 13 at approximately 1 p.m., arriving at the Rodef Shalom Congregation around 3 p.m. Families may park in the parking lot or on the street and wait for their children. Do NOT enter the building.
Please be prompt in picking up your child on Sunday. Counselors will wait with their campers until a parent arrives. There will be staff available to assist you in finding your child’s luggage. Please check the name on each bag and be sure you have picked up all your child’s bags. We are not responsible for lost items.
For those of you whose children have attended camp before, we hope that you continue to be comfortable with the care, supervision, and activities at Camp Chihopi. If you have any concerns about your child’s needs at camp (separation anxiety, bed wetting, nightmares, etc.), please call Bev Kosmach to discuss these issues so that we can insure that your child has a positive experience at camp. Your child’s counselor will also be calling you and your child a few days prior to camp as an introduction to our staff and camp. This is also a good time to discuss concerns with your child’s counselor.
It is important that campers and parents understand the rules of appropriate behavior at camp as established by Camp Chihopi as well as the Emma Kauffman Camp. Please read discuss the camp rules with your child. Be sure they understand that there are expectations for behavior so that the camping experience can be enjoyable for all campers.
If a child is expelled from camp, parents will be required to pick up their child from camp within a reasonable time of being informed of the expulsion. The child will not be permitted to participate in camp activities while waiting for their parent and will be supervised in the Health Center by staff during this time.
We prefer that children do not bring cell phones to camp, but if they do, we ask that parents do not call or text their child during camp. Additionally, phones are lost or damaged every year. Camp Chihopi/UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is not responsible for lost or damaged cell phones. If phones are being used during activities, the Camp Director will keep the camper’s phone in the Health Center until the activity has concluded.
There are many options for housing for families staying in the Pittsburgh area while their child is at camp.
Families are encouraged to access the internet for information on hotels, campgrounds, or other resources for lodging if staying in the Pittsburgh area. Families may be eligible to stay at Ronald McDonald House Pittsburgh (412-362-3400) if the camper has a scheduled annual Clinic visit and/or scheduled procedures at the hospital before or after camp.
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