Camp Connect ASD

Building self–esteem for children with
high functioning autism spectrum disorder

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Camp Connect 2015 dates:  June 20-26

Camp Connect ASD offers children and teens diagnosed with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ages 9-17, seven days and six nights of summer fun and social connections. Children experience all the fun and adventure of a sleep-away camp with medical staff close at hand.

For one week, the children do not have to worry about how they are seen or what others think; they simply have fun.  They participate in a myriad of activities, learning team-building skills through  sports, skits, and Camp Olympics.  Formal and informal support groups allow campers to practice appropriate social and communication skills and encourage the discussion of meaningful topics including how to handle bullying, what to do when teased and how to make friends.

The Department of Neurology of Children’s National Health System provides the medical management of Camp Connect. Dr. Bennett Lavenstein (Movement Disorders Program Director at Children’s National and professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Science) and Dr. Marc DiFazio (clinical child neurologist and Medical Director of Children’s Montgomery County Regional Outpatient Center) head the medical team for the week of camp, remaining on site 24/7. Additional medical staff includes nurses, social workers, physical therapists and psychologists. Experienced teachers volunteer their time and expertise to work with the ASD population and help train the counselors to deal with the issues associated with ASD.  Several counselors and volunteers who live with the condition share their experience and wisdom with the campers each summer.

The cost of Camp Connect ASD 2015 is $1000. Need based scholarships are available and payment plans can be arranged. Please contact Brainy Camps at for more information.

Camp Connect ASD 2014 received support from the following:
Maryland Connections, Autism Speaks, Humanim, ARC of Montgomery County, Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership, Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, Inc., Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation, Children’s National’s 2013 Employee Giving Campaign and private donors.