On the Horizon
Since 1994, Brainy Camps has served children with neurological and physical conditions including epilepsy, neurofibromatosis, Tourette syndrome, 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.
In 2015, we are adding Next Step, a separate camp for young adults who need help transitioning to independence. In addition, Brainy Camps is developing online support groups for children and teens who would like to stay connected to one another throughout the year.
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 plan to open the Helmsley Wellness Center on our campsite in Spring, 2015. This new office building/medical suite allows for teaching space for up to 50 youth and a gathering area and conference room for counselors and staff. In addition to improved medical coverage, it will promote stronger connections between staff and campers and enhance the educational opportunities being offered. We plan to add a covered, wraparound deck with comfortable seating to the entryway that will welcome all visitors and act as an additional meeting place for our campers and staff to gather and relax.
We also plan to turn one of our existing buildings into a temporary Recreation Center that will house our Arts and Crafts program and allow us to gather in inclement weather. A permanent Recreation Center is planned for our next building project.