Camp Kirchenwald, Lebanon County

The Diocese of Harrisburg holds an annual 1 week residential summer camp for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon County. The program is for adults (ages 18 and older) with a primary diagnosis of mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities who enjoy group activities and have no severe behavioral problems. Campers must be ambulatory and the camp is open to adults of all faiths.

Save the date! August 14-19, 2022

About the Program

Activities at the camp are all adapted to the needs and abilities of adults with intellectual disabilities. These activities include:

  • swimming
  • canoeing
  • hiking and nature study
  • sports
  • games
  • arts and crafts
  • fishing

In addition, campers will participate in evening activities in a beautiful multi-acre wooded setting.

The camp is staffed by trained volunteers. The camp is staffed by 2 full-time registered nurses and is supervised by the Office of Ministry with People with Disabilities. Volunteers are always needed! Full-time staff are desirable, arriving on Sunday and staying until noon on Friday. No experience is necessary, but those with experience in working with people with disabilities are especially welcome. Attendance at training is required for all volunteers. Initial vaccination against the COVID-19 virus is required for participation; waivers will not be accepted.

In compliance with county, state and federal guidelines, it is the hope of the Diocese of Harrisburg to proceed with our annual Diocesan Camp at Kirchenwald, serving adults with developmental disabilities. Safety measures recommended by the CDC and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be implemented to monitor participant, staff and visitor safety. We are requiring all Diocesan staff, campers and volunteers to be  vaccinated at least two weeks prior to arrival at camp. Waivers will not be accepted. Our goal is to provide those participating with a safe & compliant environment while preserving as best possible the enduring spirit of our camp experience: friendship, faith & fun.

Please review the COVID-19 Handbook for Diocesan Camp Volunteers, Campers & Staff for full guidelines. This handbook may be periodically updated to maintain compliance with federal and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania guidance.

The cost per camper is determined annually. Please contact Larry Kiley (lkiley@hbgdiocese.org) for current information about camper costs. Volunteers attend at no cost. A deposit is required with registration and the remainder is requested prior to the start of camp week. Camp cost includes all meals, snacks and lodging. Financial aid may be available, depending on need and registration levels.

While campers are asked to pay a fee to attend camp and some counties will subsidize the cost of camp, the entire cost is often not paid. Donations are welcome to assist the diocese in providing this week-long experience.

Contacts

For more information or any questions, please contact Kate Neri at 717-657-4804, Ext. 317, or email kneri@hbgdiocese.org.