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. This year, we added a camp for children with chronic headaches and migraines.
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.
The future is bright for Brainy Camps. We have established a home for our camps in High View, WV, a 90 mile drive from Children’s National in Washington, DC. The owners of Timber Ridge Camp, who have hosted us for the past two years, have offered to partner with us for the long term, allowing us to build on their site and develop our own area to meet our specialized needs.
Through a capital grant funded by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, we opened a new 2400 square foot Wellness Center in 2015, the first of several facilities we plan to add to our campsite over the next several years. 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 to our campsite. 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 a handicap accessible bunkhouse for which we have already started raising funds.