Our Future

On the Horizon

Since 1994, Brainy Camps has served children with neurological and physical conditions including epilepsy, neurofibromatosis, Tourette syndrome, high functioning autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, sickle cell anemia, Down syndrome, heart disorders, and diabetes. In 2013, we added two family camps, one for diabetes and the second for childhood obesity.  Our camp for kids at risk for childhood obesity has evolved into a 6-week family cooking class held a couple times a year in the DC area.   Last year, we added a camp for children with hydrocephalus.

Brainy Camps partners with many non-profit health organizations in order to offer greater services and support to our camp families. We will continue to promote kids helping kids by encouraging students in high school, college, graduate schools, and professional programs to participate as volunteers, enabling them to gain hands-on experience with chronically ill youth in our medically supervised environment. In addition, we offer medical residents and health care professionals have the opportunity to work with children in a natural setting, allowing them to see their patients in a different light and from a different perspective, which will aid them in a greater understanding of their patients.

Through a capital grant funded by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, we opened a 2400 square foot modular Wellness Center in 2015.   The Helmsley Wellness Center provides a welcoming place for medication management, health education and camper observation as well as a meeting space for staff and counselors.  Last summer, we added a new recreation center.  Funded by a generous donation from the Stavins family and a grant from the Finish Line Youth Foundation, the Sasha Stavins Finish Line Center opened in June, 2016.   Our next goal is to build our own campsite, accessible to Children’s National, where we can conduct year-round programming for children with chronic health conditions and involve our many dedicated volunteers in supporting our efforts.