Guiding Principles

 

Our Mission

The mission of BCA is to create supportive communities for children with chronic health conditions where the development of healthy and active lifestyles are encouraged, partnerships between patients and doctors are promoted, independence and self-management are fostered, education is offered and social connections are supported. Families receive much needed respite and direct medical observation of their children, with immediate intervention by healthcare experts when needed. Family camps allow parents and siblings to actively participate with campers while all learn to live wisely and well.

The long-term goals of our camp interventions are to encourage healthy lifestyles and independence, and to foster resiliency, self-advocacy and positive well-being. It is essential for children with chronic health conditions to understand their disorders and know how to care for themselves at a young age in order to improve positive outcomes, promote resilience and further healthy living. Research is conducted to determine the overall benefit of condition specific camps and improve our understanding of what helps children adapt to and effectively manage their conditions so they can live healthy and rewarding lives.

A Supportive Community

The purpose of all Brainy Camps programs and services is to build a community of support in order to improve the lives of individuals with chronic health conditions. We promote a network of communities that includes partnerships with children, families, volunteers, medical staff, board members, community supporters and non-profit healthcare organizations involved in our campers’ lives.

Safety

Brainy Camps provides a safe environment to physically and emotionally challenged children, teenagers and adults to offer positive experiences for them and their families.

Empowerment

Brainy Camps inspires children, teenagers, and adults to achieve their fullest potential by fostering education, independence, coping skills, growth and leadership, Campers leave the camp empowered to face life’s obstacles with new skills and a network of emotional support.

Quality of Care

Brainy Camps is committed to excellence in everything we do. We continually work with experts in the field to try new approaches to care and evaluation to meet the needs of our children, teens, adults and families and to improve the services we provide.

Self-Advocacy

Brainy Camps encourages children and teens with chronic health conditions to learn about their disorders and establish partnerships with health care professionals while together navigating and learning ways to directly manage their conditions. When campers and medical staff work together, children learn to be more assertive and stronger self-advocates, and serve as role models for other children and peers.

Accountability

All funds raised for  Brainy Camps go directly to cover operations and camper scholarships.  Donations made to support the development and improvement of our campsite are placed in a fund created solely for that purpose.