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.
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, the first of several facilities we plan to add to our campsite over the next several year. 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. We are adding a recreation center in the fall and will begin raising funds for a handicap accessible bunkhouse over the next 12 months.