Camp Great Rock

A Fun, Safe Environment for Kids with Epilepsy

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Camp Great Rock dates for 2014:  July 6-12

Camp Great Rock is a week long, overnight camp for children and teens with epilepsy, ages 7-17.  For 19 years, it has provided campers with epilepsy a safe environment where they can have fun while building confidence, independence, and self-esteem.

Epilepsy is a common and unpredictable condition that often leads to feelings of social stigma and isolation. Camp Great Rock was developed to reduce the stigma and isolation, while allowing children with epilepsy to meet others with the same condition and enjoy an overnight camp experience.

Camp Great Rock is more than a summer camp—it is specially designed to help kids with epilepsy develop friendships, gain an understanding of their condition, and realize their potential and self worth. At Camp Great Rock, one staff member is assigned to every two campers.

Children’s National Medical Center’s Department of Neurology provides the medical management of Camp Great Rock. Dr. Steven Weinstein, child neurologist and expert in epilepsy, heads the medical team for the week of camp. Addition medical staff, including nurses, social workers, physical therapist and psychologists, are on-site 24 hours a day.  Counselors are trained in seizure recognition, first aid, CPR and the special needs of children with epilepsy. Many counselors and volunteers live with epilepsy and share their experiences with the campers.

Throughout the week, campers participate in a myriad of activities. The kids learn team-building skills through activities such as a low-ropes course, skits, and camp Olympics. Group counseling sessions allow the children to discuss their feelings and learn how others cope with their epilepsy. For one week, the children do not have to worry about explaining their seizures to their peers. They simply have fun. The friendships made at camp often continue throughout the year and for many to come.

The cost of Camp Great Rock is $850 for campers and transitional youth, $650 for counselors-in-training.  Need based scholarships are available and payment plans can be arranged.  Please contact Brainy Camps for more information.

Camp Great Rock receives support from the following:
Epilepsy Foundation of America, Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia, FACES (Finding A Cure of Epilepsy and Seizures) of NYU Langone Medical Center, Fidelton Guild, staff members of Children's National Health System's Department of Neurology, private donors.

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