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Camp Kirchenwald

August 15 - August 20

This camper proudly displays her catch before returning to the lake. Volunteers assist campers with fishing, canoeing, hiking and other activities throughout the week.

We are seeking volunteers 16+ to assist at its residential camp, August 15-20, 2021.  Of particular need this year are adult female volunteers who are able to remain for an overnight; volunteering the entire week is not required.  All adult volunteers must hold a current Diocesan clearance and be fully vaccinated (limited vaccination waivers may be granted). Attendance at a brief training session prior to helping at camp is also required. There is no cost to volunteers; all meals, events, campground activities, etc. are included.  For more information or any questions, please contact Larry Kiley at 717-657-4804, Ext. 322, or email lkiley@hbgdiocese.org. Deadline for application submission is July 30, 2021. Please click here for volunteer application.

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The Diocesan Summer Camp for Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities is a residential camp that takes place every August at Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon County and serves the needs of approximately 40 adults. Volunteers are very important to the operation of the camp. Please see information below on how to volunteer.

Where: Camp Kirchenwald, Lebanon County

When: August 15-20, 2021

Who: 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 adult campers and volunteers of all faiths.

Program: Activities at the camp are all adapted to the needs and abilities of adults with intellectual disabilities. These activities include: faith sharing, swimming, canoeing, hiking and nature study, sports, games, arts and crafts and fishing. In addition, campers will participate in evening activities in a beautiful multi-acre wooded setting.

Campers enjoy the peace and serenity of canoeing.

Campers enjoy the peace and serenity of canoeing.

Staff: The camp is staffed by trained volunteers. Volunteers are assigned to campers depending on the campers’ needs. The camp is staffed by 2 full-time registered nurses and is supervised by the Office of Ministry with People with Disabilities. Volunteers (especially male) 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. Full vaccination against the COVID-19 virus is required for participation in 2021; limited waivers may be accepted.

Cost: The cost is $600 for the week per camper. Volunteers attend at no cost. A deposit is required with registration and the remainder is due before the weekend. This includes all meals, snacks and lodging. Financial aid is available, depending on need.

Donation Opportunities: 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.

For more information: Call 717-657-4804 ext. 322.


Applications and Forms

Volunteer Application

Under 18 Parental Permission Form

Under 18 Parental Medications Form

Hold Harmless Agreement

COVID-19 Acknowledgment

COVID-19 Vaccination Waiver Request

Volunteer Picture Form

Suggestions on What to Bring to Camp

Youth Protection Program Guidelines

COVID-19 Handbook



August 15
August 20
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Camp Kirchenwald
One Cut Off Rd
Colebrook, PA 17042 United States
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Larry Kiley
717-657-4804 ext 322