Camp Head Strong

Camp Head Strong 2017:  August 6-9

Camp Head Strong offers children and teens with hydrocephalus (ages 10-17) four days and three nights of summer fun, education, and social connections.

Condition specific camps have proven to be an effective way for children to learn more about their conditions and to develop adaptive behaviors. At Bear Camps of Children’s National/Brainy Camps, children learn from peers and adult volunteers who live effectively with the same health conditions and are offered hope for the future.

Camp Head Strong was developed by Bear Camps/Brainy Camps in conjunction with the Hydrocephalus Association. In addition to fun, the goal of Camp Head Strong is to reduce the social isolation often associated with this condition and increase each camper’s knowledge and understanding of hydrocephalus. The camp provides opportunities for the children and teens to work with professional staff and become better self-advocates and self-managers of their condition. Parents can feel comfortable that their children are under the care of trained and experienced doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals who are experts in the field.

Medical staff, including physicians, nurses, social workers, a physical therapist and psychologist, are on-site 24 hours a day and counselors are trained to deal with issues related to this condition.

Campers participate in a myriad of activities. Support groups and educational programs promote knowledge, skill development and social connections and campers gain a better understanding of their condition, strengths and self-worth.

The cost of Camp Head Strong is $600 for campers, $400 for counselors-in-training, and $500 for 1-on-1 assistants.  A $20 fee is added for the camp canteen.  Need based scholarships are available and monthly payment plans can be arranged.  Please contact Bear Camps/Brainy Camps at for more information.