Camp Chihopi Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is Camp Chihopi?

Camp Chihopi group photoCamp Chihopi 2024 will be held from Thursday August 8 through Sunday August 11 at the Emma Kaufmann Camp along Cheat Lake, which is near Morgantown WV, about 90 miles south of Pittsburgh.

What activities are offered?

Camp activities include:

  • Boating and tubing on Cheat Lake
  • Swimming
  • Horseback riding
  • Arts and crafts
  • Land sports
  • Music activities
  • Cookouts
  • The "Rave" (a water trampoline with a slide!)
  • Special all-camp activity on Saturday afternoon
  • The Camp Party on Saturday night.

Learn more about Camp Chihopi activities.

How much does it cost to attend camp?

Thanks to the generosity of many donors, a registration fee of $40 is the only cost requested of each camper.

Does my child need to have labs done before camp?

Your child must have labs drawn prior to attending camp, any time between May 15 and August 1, 2024. Children will not be permitted to attend camp if labs are not obtained within that time. If your child is a patient at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, you do not need to send a copy of the lab results as we will have access through medical records. Additionally, all intestine transplant recipients must have an endoscopy completed within the last year, prior to camp.

Campers who are not patients at UPMC Children’s Hospital and receive care from other transplant centers must also submit a copy of your child’s lab results obtained between May 15 and August 1, 2024, a copy of your child’s most recent history and physical and/or physician office visit, and a letter from your PCP or transplant physician stating that your child is physically stable and able to attend camp.

I would like my child to attend camp, but we can’t afford travel expenses.

If you would like your child to attend Camp Chihopi but other wise are unable to attend camp due to the registration fee and the expenses of travel and lodging, please contact Bev Kosmach-Park at (412-692-6115). Limited contributions may be available to partially defray costs, particularly if you live greater than 100 miles from Pittsburgh.

Can I schedule my child’s annual transplant clinic appointment before or after camp?

If you are interested in having your child’s annual clinic visit before or after Camp Chihopi, please contact your transplant coordinator. A limited number of annual appointment times are available. Local patients are encouraged to attend Transplant Clinic at another convenient time.

Learn more about what to pack for Camp Chihopi.