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We know that coming to camp, exploring a retreat, or diving into a class at our Wellness Center for the first time can spark a few good questions. Our team is here to help you through every step of the process. Below, you’ll find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. But, if you find you need more information, please contact Leia Patsilevas at 724-935-5470 or lpatsilevas@woodlandsfoundation.org. We hope to see you at The Woodlands soon!

No. Our medical staff and research done by the American Camp Association feels this can provide not only false positives, but also can give a result within a time frame that a person can be exposed to COVID after taking the test.

No, the vaccine is not a requirement to attend 2021 Summer Camp. We encourage you to receive the vaccine to have the safest camp experience possible.

Yes, a requirement to attend camp is being able to wear a mask with breaks. The CDC recommends cloth masks that are 3 layers, breathable with a moldable nasal bridge, that you cannot see light through or disposable masks indicating multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose bridge. We are not permitting face shields or gators based on CDC and our medical team recommendations.

The Woodlands hasn’t changed, but our safety measures have in order to keep everyone safe. We will be at 75% capacity (36 campers) per camp. We will also be doing more health screenings, wearing masks, socially distancing, and be grouped into pods all while still having fun!

As much as we know that you miss your friends, we are planning on showing how much we missed everyone by having socially distanced high fives and planning other activities that will show how much we missed one another.

We are going to be doing small group activities in pods. If there is a certain friend you know who is coming to the same camp, please let us know so you can be grouped together. We will do our best to accommodate this request.

We have established a specific area for isolated medical care and quarantining. One of our Healthcare Associates will stay with you while you wait to be picked up. We ask that caregivers pickup their camper within an hour of being called.
Yes, everyone will be notified, and we will have a specific person at The Woodlands who will be assisting with contact tracing for each camp.

No. We serve a wide range of disabilities, both visible and invisible. However, the following eligibility will enable participants to be successful in The Woodlands’ programs:

  • Able to be redirected within 4 prompts from The Woodlands staff
  • Able to self-regulate behavior with redirection from The Woodlands staff
  • Open to the benefits from enrichment programs and interest in trying new activities
  • Able to sleep through the night if staying over*
  • Medical needs may be attended to without 1:1 nursing

* This excludes the Bloom program, you can view criteria for Bloom HERE

Yes! The Woodlands accommodates specific dietary needs as requested. You also have the option to bring in food from home for your participant, and check-it in with their counselor. For questions about specific dietary needs please contact the Food Service Director, Peggy Harris at mharris@woodlandsfoundation.org or 724-935-5470 ext. 236.

Camp Inspire

Young Adult Camp Woodlands


The Woodlands offers weekly sessions, running Sunday-Friday, according to age during summer from June-August. Check-in is on Sunday 4 p.m.- 6 p.m and check-out is on Friday 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. Times vary for Notes from the Heart Music Camps and Camp Woodlands Jr.

We also offer weekend sessions, running Friday-Sunday in the spring and fall from September- May. In addition, we offer Club sessions on weeknights and Saturdays in the spring and fall. Check-in is on Friday 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. and check-out is Sunday 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Many can participate in an overnight camp or weekend as a day participant, but we do not offer overnight programs for the 6-12 age category.

Sample Summer Camp Schedule

Sample Weekend Retreat Schedule

Our participant-to-staff ratio is four participants to every one staff member for our Weekend Retreats and Clubs in the spring and fall.

Our participant-to-staff ratio is two participants to every one staff member for our weeklong summer camps, as well as Cub Club in the spring and fall.

If your participant requires 1:1 support or nursing, we allow them to attend with that support person (nurse, TSS, wrap around, etc.) at no charge. *Parents cannot serve as a participant’s 1:1

We accept participants starting at age six and continuing through adulthood. Programs are offered according to age category:

  • Children: 6-12 (no overnight)
  • Teens: 13-21
  • Young Adults: 22-29
  • Adults: 30 and up

Each participant’s cost of registration is based on household income and we do everything we can to make The Woodlands experiences accessible to all. We also offer scholarships via The Woodlands WonderFund. It’s our goal to help keep your cost as low as possible and all costs are based on a sliding scale of ability to pay.

We also accept Medicaid Home and Community Based Waivers: Consolidated, Person/Family Directed Support (PFDS), and Community Living Waivers.

At The Woodlands, we never turn away a participant due to an inability to pay and we are happy to work with you to ensure your participant can attend through our Wonderfund Scholarship program. After all, The Woodlands is for everyone!

Click HERE to view our Cost and Payment options.

Both paid staff and volunteers at The Woodlands are required to go through an extensive interview process and pass a thorough criminal background check, child-abuse clearances and FBI fingerprinting.

The Woodlands has a full-time registered nurse and healthcare associates on-staff 24 hours a day and a doctor on-call 24 hours a day.

Yes, you will be provided with a 24-hour cell phone number upon registration.

No, families and participants are responsible for all transportation to and from The Woodlands campus.

Many of our participants come from the Pittsburgh area and neighboring counties, but we also have participants from all over the United States. There are no eligibility stipulations based on a participant’s residency, however you do need to have an emergency contact available within 60 minutes from The Woodlands during your participant’s stay with us.