On the Horizon
Since 1994, Brainy Camps, has served children with neurological and physical conditions including epilepsy, neurofibromatosis, Tourette syndrome, Asperger’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, sickle cell anemia, Down syndrome, heart disorders, and diabetes. The number of campers has grown each year.
In 2013, we are adding two family camps, one for diabetes and the second for childhood obesity. We also are adding a camp for adults with neurofibromatosis.
In addition to the summer camps, Brainy Camps is developing mechanisms to connect campers and their families throughout the year and across the spectrum of childhood through innovative programming such as social events and educational programs.
Partnering with non-profit health organizations offers greater services and support to families. Some of these health organizations are not able to offer a camp, but can partner with us to reach out to the children served through our camp programs. Brainy Camps plans to continue to invest in and expand its partnership model to serve populations in need including children with brain tumors, ADHD/ADD, teens on dialysis, asthma, autism, respite services, family camps, transitional youth camps, limb difference camps, sibling camps, bereavement camps, refugee camps, HIV camps, and blood disorders.
To reap additional benefits from our condition-specific camps, some of the camps also desire additional camp weeks.
We will continue to promote kids helping kids by encouraging students in high school, college, graduate programs, and professional programs to participate as volunteers and gain experience with youth in the recreational environment.
Medical residents, and health care professionals will receive an opportunity to work with children as partners in care.
The future is bright for Brainy Camps. The plans for expansion of our programs will result in serving our current campers and families with deeper connections and the ability to serve many more children and teenagers with day and overnight camp experiences, weekend retreat, educational programs, and more than one week of residential camping each summer.
Teens will grow, develop, connect, and take on leadership roles within the camp and community. In addition, volunteers in high school, college, graduate programs, and professional programs will participate as volunteers and gain experience with youth in the recreational environment. Medical residents, and health care professionals will receive an opportunity to work with children as partners in care.