WPBDF is proud to help support Camp Hot-to-Clot, which is organized by the Hemophilia Center of Western PA.
Camp Hot-to-Clot is offered for children with bleeding disorders and their siblings, ages 7 to 17. Fun activities such as rock wall climbing, fishing, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, swimming, and field games that are organized in a safe, nurturing environment that gives the campers a chance to broaden their experiences. We also offer a Leader In Training program for boys and girls ages 15-17, who show leadership qualities and interest in the program.
Camp Hot-to-Clot was founded In February 2001, by Don “Pa” Lucas and Jackie “Mama” Lucas and the dedicated staff of HAVEN (Hemophilia and Von Willebrand Education Network). The first week of Camp Hot-to-Clot took place in August of 2001. Don Paul’s sense of adventure and humor still shines in the idea and name of this wonderful camp!
Camp Hot-to-Clot is here to serve the children and adolescents affected by bleeding disorders and their siblings in Western PA. Since 2001, our camper population has grown from 12 children to 96 children and adolescents in 2012. We are pleased with our growth and hope to continue to grow and thrive each year.
Campers, counselors and volunteers come from all over Pennsylvania, Western New York, and Eastern Ohio to enjoy the outdoors and to grow together as a family in the bleeding disorders community. Our camp site has moved from the Woodlands in Wexford PA, to the shores of Lake Erie, now at Camp Kon-O-Kwee in Fombell, PA.
The Camp Hot-to-Clot week long session is held annually in August at the YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee near Zelienople, PA. The camp has an outdoor swimming pool, a water park feature (Splash Pad), climbing barn and outdoor climbing facility, evening camp fires, archery range, disc golf, gaga pit and indoor gaga, fishing pond, a creek for canoeing, arts and crafts center, showers and bathroom facilities, and a large lodge and dining hall. Camp Kon-O-Kwee has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
In addition, Camp Hot-to-Clot at Camp Kon-O-Kwee is staffed with around-the-clock nursing staff, a physical therapist and a social worker from the Hemophilia Center of Western PA. The Camp Hot-to-Clot staff works closely with the Hemophilia Center of Western PA, the Western PA Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation, and Camp Kon-O-Kwee to bring a camp session that is SAFE, FUN and EDUCATIONAL for our campers.
Camp Kon-O-Kwee is located on 500 acres of fields and woodlands along the Connequenessing Creek and is owned and operated by YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh since 1926 and is accredited by the American Camp Association. Just 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, Camp Kon-O-Kwee offers an experience our campers will cherish forever.