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Questions

  1. How long does Western PA Kindney Kamp last?
  2. Is there a tuition and what does the tuition include?
  3. Where will my child sleep?
  4. Can I visit my child at Camp?
  5. Who is responsible for my child while at Camp?
  6. What are the important Phone Numbers at Camp I need to know?
  7. What if I need to cancel my reservation?
  8. How do I get to Camp?
  9. My child will be flying to camp unaccompanied. Who will pick him up?
  10. How will my child get to Camp from the airport?
  11. How can I prepare for Camp?
  12. Should campers bring money?
  13. What is the weather like?
  14. Does my child need to bring bedding and towels?
  15. What do I pack?
  16. What kinds of meals are served?

 

1. How long does Western PA Kidney Kamp last?
The kamp lasts for five nights, starting on Sunday at 3 P.M. with registration and concluding the following Friday morning after breakfast. Kamp for is tentatively scheduled for 8/3 - 8/8.
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2. Is there a tuition and what does the tuition include?
Tuition donation only and includes registration, 3 meals a day, housing, 24-hour supervision, Camp T-shirt, completed arts and crafts projects and a week full of fun.
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3. Where will my child sleep?
Your child will be housed on campus in a dormitory type setting, which includes bunk beds. Males and females are housed on separate wings but same floor of the lodge. Each room holds 4 -6 people. While counselors are not in each room there are counselors assigned to each of the two wings that children stay in. Peritoneal dialysis campers and anyone who requires special needs are housed in the same area but room with others requiring the same or similar needs. All events are staffed during the day and night.
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4. Can I visit my child at Camp?
We invite parents to bring their child to camp as well as pick them up if they live in the Ligonier area. Otherwise, parents are highly discouraged from visiting camp during the week of camp.
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5. Who is responsible for my child while at Camp?
Most camp counselors are trained medical professionals. We require a counselor application from each counselor as well as list of references to accompany the counselor application. For more information on how camp staff members are selected, check out the Camp Staff page. Many of the staff overseeing activities at LCCC are employees of LCCC and specially trained and certified as counselors.
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6. What are the important Phone Numbers at Camp I need to know?
Here are some phone numbers for reference while your child is at camp.
• Ligonier Camp and Conference Center Office: (714) 238-6428
• Kamp Director (Bob): (412) 855-2956
• Kamp Nurse (Glenda): (615) 828-3864
• DCI Kamp Contact (Allison): (412) 823-6041

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7. What if I need to cancel my reservation?
In the event you must cancel your reservation, you will receive a refund due as defined below:
• Cancellations should be submitted in sufficient time.
In the event your child can not attend camp, please let us know as soon as possible. We may have children on the waiting list to attend camp and would fill openings available due to cancellations.

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8. How do I get to Camp?

Transportation is provided from the New Kensington DCI located at 722 Fourth Ave, New Kensington, PA 15068. Phone (724) 339-1772. The bus leaves the clinic at approximately 1:00 P.M. on Sunday and the kids are returned to the same location on Friday at approximately 12:00 noon.
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9. If a child must fly into Pittsburgh, the time schedules will coordinated so the Kamp nurse who also flies in will be available to meet your child.
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10. How will my child get to Camp from the airport?
The Kamp Nurse who also flies into Pittsburgh will coordinate flight times so she is available to meet your child and transport them to Kamp.
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11. How can I prepare for Camp?
Part of the camp experience is packing and taking a plane or bus to camp.
Some tips for handling homesickness
The key to dealing with homesickness is to prepare your youngster in advance. Ask a close friend or relative to register for the same camp session your child is attending. Discuss what camp will be like before your child leaves home and discuss any concerns. Do NOT tell children that you will rescue them if they do not like camp. Assure your child of your love. Send along a favorite stuffed animal. Do not go into great detail about what the camper will be missing at home.
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12. Should campers bring money?
This is a personal matter. During the week it is common for Kamp to take a field trip to local attractions. In this case, we think spending money is needed but not required. This is usually left up to the parent and child.
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13. What is the weather like?
During this time of year, the weather can be sometimes unpredictable, we suggest that your child bring comfortable clothing and at least one sweatshirt or jacket as it might get cold during the evening activity. Bathing suits are needed for children who choose to swim. Otherwise recreational clothing and a good pair of walking shoes are required. For more information on the weather, check out The Weather Channel web site.
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14. Does my child need to bring bedding and towels?

No, towels and bedding are provided, however many are more comfortable with their own blanket or pillow.
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15. What do I pack? 

www.dciinc.org/uploads/2013 Kamper Packing Checklist.doc

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16. What kinds of meals are served?
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided in the common dining area from the afternoon of arrival through Friday morning breakfast. At each meal, we offer a variety of foods to appeal to different preferences. Snacks and water are also available at various sites within the camp ground every afternoon. Please do not send food to camp with your child. Meals are planned with input from a renal dietitian to ensure that dietary requirements are met for all children. If your child requires a special diet, please contact the Kamp Director. There will be at least one cook out for the kids.

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Contact Information
For more information, please contact:
Allisa Discello
DCI
allison.discello@dciinc.org

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