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1. How do I register for Kidney Kamp?

Please contact Jill at 724-523-6386 or jill.kratochvil@dciinc.org for any questions or information regarding WPAKK. Once contacted, an application will be sent to you.


2. How long does Western PA Kidney Kamp last?

The kamp lasts five nights, starting Sunday afternoon with registration, and concluding Friday morning after breakfast.


3. Is there a cost and what does the cost include?

There is no cost for a child to attend WPAKK. A donation by parents to cover the cost of kamp is accepted, but not required. The donation would cover all meals, housing, 24-hour supervision, a kamp t-shirt, and a full week of fun.


4. 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 on the 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 the children stay in. All events are staffed during the day and night.


5. Can I visit my child at Kamp?

We invite parents to bring their children to kamp as well as pick them up if they live nearby the Ligonier area. Otherwise, parents are highly discouraged from visiting during the week of kamp.


6. Who is responsible for my child while at Kamp?

Most kamp counselors are trained, medical professionals. We require a counselor application from each counselor as well as a list of references, childline clearances and criminal background checks. Activities at the kamp are supervised by the employees of the Ligonier Camp and Conference Center who are specifically trained and certified as well.


7. What if I need to cancel my reservation?

In the event your child can not attend kamp, please let us know as soon as possible, to avoid unnecessary costs.


8. How do I get to Kamp?

You are responsible for transporting your child directly to and from the Ligonier Camp and Conference Center located at 188 Macartney Lane, Ligonier, PA 15658. Arrival directly to kamp on Sunday at 3 PM, and departure is Friday at 10:30 AM.


9. What if my child needs to fly?

If a child must fly into Pittsburgh or the local Latrobe airport, please contact Allison at 724-339-1772. She can help to arrange transportation from either airport. It is possible that the kamp nurse who flies into Pittsburgh will coordinate flight times so she is available to meet your child and transport them to kamp.


10. Should kampers bring money?

This is a personal matter. Kampers will visit Idlewild and Soakzone amusement parks. In this case, we think spending money on snacks and souvenirs is needed, but not required. This is usually left up to the parent and child. Money will be supplied by WPAKK for lunch.


11. 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 activities. 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 website for Ligonier PA, 15658.


12. Does my child need to bring bedding and towels?

No, towels and bedding are provided, however many are more comfortable with their own blanket and pillow, towel, or sleeping bag.


13. What do I pack?

Click Here to Download the Kamper Packing Checklist


14. 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 times and sites within the campground every day. Please do not send food to kamp 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.


Contact Information
For more information, please contact:
Allison Discello

For more information, please contact:

Jill Kratochvil

Phone: 724-523-6386