Western PA Kidney Kamp
Virtual Camp starts August 1, 2021!
Western PA Kidney Kamp is a not for profit summer kamp experience for children in various stages of kidney disease. It was established by the National Kidney Foundation, and has been in existence since 1994. It was taken over then by DCI, after funding through the NKF was no longer available.
The Kamp is located on the 600+ acres of Ligonier Camp and Conference Center, outside historical Ligonier, PA 15658.
WPAKK is a week-long kamp, held in late July, early August. (Please check with contact person for dates each year). It runs Sunday afternoon to Friday morning, with a jammed schedule of activities and experiences for kids 8-16, or until graduation from High School.
Everything is provided to the kampers including food, lodging, on-site medical care, assist with peritoneal dialysis (supplies provided by kamper), Hemodialysis transport to local DCI clinic. Special consideration is taken for renal kids with all disabilities to enjoy the Kamp experience.
WPAKK allows for kids in all different stages of their kidney disease: initial failure, dialysis, & transplant. It allows them to be with others of like mind and body, and to have a great week at kamp.
Just some of our kamp activities during the week include a ropes challenge course, horseback riding, swimming, lake time including jet skiing / rafting rides, and dance party with DJ Johnny. Also included is a day at the local theme park – Idlewild and Soakzone.
Kampers are expected to participate in activities as much as possible. The activities are geared to be fun and promote independence and growth on the part of the individual kamper. This helps the kamper develop a trusting relationship in a new environment, explore their full potential, and learn about themselves.