Camp New Friends

A Fun, Supportive Environment for Kids with Neurofibromatosis

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Camp New Friends 2015:  July 19-25

Camp New Friends (CNF) offers children and teens with neurofibromatosis (ages 7-17) seven days and six nights of summer fun and social connections.

Camp New Friends serves to reduce the stigma and isolation that is often associated with neurological disorders and chronic health conditions. The camps also provide parents with respite.

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

Dr. Maria Acosta, child neurologist and expert in neurofibromatosis at Children’s National Health System, and Dr. Kaleb Yohay, child neurologist and expert in NF at New York Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell Medical Center, head 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 dealing with the issues associated with NF. Many counselors and volunteers live with the condition themselves and share their experiences with the campers.

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

The cost of Camp New Friends $875 for campers, $675 for counselors-in-training , and $775 for 1-on-1 assistants.  Need based scholarships are available and payment plans can be arranged.  Please contact Brainy Camps for more information.

Camp New Friends 2014 was funded by
several Neurofibromatosis Network organizations around the country including NF Midwest, NF Northeast, NF Minnesota, NF Kansas and Central Plains, NFCA and the NF Network. It also received support from NF, Inc., JARC Foundation, Fidelton Guild, Nick Chrisley Scholarship Fund, Bryce Shores Scholarship Fund, Kids With Spots, ARC of Montgomery County, staff of Children's National's Neurology Department, Innovative Worthy Projects Foundation, Dino Doozer Foundation, and private donors.