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Providing a fun, rewarding and safe camp experience for the campers of Camp Chihopi is the primary goal of our exceptional staff. At Camp Chihopi, the staff strives to pay particular attention to the individual camper in an atmosphere of friendship, relaxation, and support. The camp is a well-supervised environment with 1 staff member for every 3 to 5 campers and with rules that apply to both campers and staff.
Camp Chihopi seeks volunteers who are enthusiastic role models for children, enjoy an outdoor environment, desire an opportunity for personal growth, and most importantly, who are compassionate in their interactions with children adapting to life after transplantation. Chihopi staff should have respect for each other and all campers, and display appropriate behavior by respecting personal property, promoting good sportsmanship and adhering to camp rules.
Those interested in applying for a staff position at Camp Chihopi should complete the Staff Registration Form. Please submit the requested information for each section. Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted to confirm your participation, pending review of the required security clearances as discussed in the section below.
All Camp Chihopi staff 18 years and older must have security clearances within the last two years (valid to August 14, 2024). Staff who are accepted for positions at camp must submit their verified security clearances to Bev Kosmach by Monday, July 24, 2023. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center mandates that security clearances be obtained every 2 years. There are no exceptions to this rule. Staff are strongly encouraged to begin the security clearance process as soon as possible as the process may take up to 8 weeks.
Your Act 73 clearance will look like this.
Application registration for PA residents must be completed at https://uenroll.identogo.com/
When completing the application registration, follow the below steps:
Fingerprint cards are an option for out-of-state applicants. If you do not live close enough to an IdentGo location and are unable to complete the fingerprints, please go to: https://uenroll.identogo.com/
Enter the Service Code 1KG756, and select Submit A Fingerprint Card by Mail when completing your pre-enrollment.
For out-of-state FBI fingerprinting services, you can also find a location at:
Type in your zip code to find the closest fingerprinting location.
As a requirement for attending camp, all staff who are transplant recipients must obtain routine labs between May 1, 2023 and August 1, 2023. If you receive care at UPMC Children’s Hospital, your lab report will be accessed through your UPMC Children's medical record. If you receive care through UPMC or an outside hospital, please have your lab results faxed (412-692-6116) or scanned/emailed by August 1, 2023 (Beverly.Kosmach@chp.edu). If your care is managed by a transplant center other than UPMC or Children’s, please have your doctor or transplant coordinator send a copy of your most recent check-up or medical assessment as well as a letter stating you are healthy enough to attend camp.
A mandatory orientation (with dinner) for all staff will be held on Wednesday, August 9 from 4-6:30 PM at Rodef Shalom Congregation. More information will be sent to staff in mid-July. Staff are responsible for their roundtrip transportation to Pittsburgh and lodging in the Pittsburgh area as needed before and after camp.
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
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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