Camp STAR is a five-day getaway that provides campers, age 8 through 18,
with an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of YMCA Camp
Kon-O-Kwee/Spencer Campground (near Zelienople, Pennsylvania).
Camp STAR began in 1976. The goal of Camp STAR is to support and empower
youth with limb difference or loss to be healthy, confident and active; all
while creating positive social interaction and developing peer support.
Campers (age 8 through 18) are encouraged to make new friends and share
their experiences. Camp provides them with an opportunity to participate in
sports and other camp activities to the best of their abilities without fear
of being judged by others.
Campers also have our Counselors and Counselors-In-Training* (CIT) as
positive role models, many of whom have some type of limb loss and were
campers themselves at one time. They can speak from their past experiences,
hospitalizations, tests, surgeries and illnesses; and are proof that
children with limb loss can be normally functioning adolescents and young
Camp STAR Activities
Camp STAR offers standard summer camp activities, including:
. Arts and crafts
. Climbing/rappelling wall
. High & low ropes
. Lazy river float
. Team building
Trail of Courage (obstacle course)
Educational Activities include:
Two activities that offer an educational element are Ask the
Prosthetist/Physical Therapist and Ask the Counselor.
During Ask the Prosthetist/Physical Therapist, campers are encouraged to ask
questions regarding their prosthetics and about different ways to navigate
through the everyday activities of life. During this time, the prosthetist
will also give updates on the newest prosthetic information in the market
today. The Ask the Counselor session is held with the entire group. During
this session, the counselors share their story about their amputations, what kind of procedures they have had, how they have learned to cope in various
situations, and what they do outside of Camp STAR. Campers are encouraged to
ask the counselors questions regarding:
How they deal with daily life activities
How they have adjusted to being an amputee
What to tell people about their amputations
How to deal with physical limitations
Information and Cost
Thanks to the generosity of many donors, a $50 non-refundable registration
fee is the only cost requested of each camper. No camper is ever turned away
for financial reasons. Please request a fee waiver, if needed.
For registration forms and questions regarding Camp STAR 2010, please
contact Cindy McCue, Camp Co-Director, at 412-370-5481 or via e-mail at
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 31, 2011
If you have any questions, please contact at 412-370-5481.
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