Camp New Friends

A Fun, Supportive Environment for Kids with Neurofibromatosis

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Camp New Friends dates for 2014:  July 13-19

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. Kaleb Yohay, child neurologist and expert in NF at New York Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell Medical Center, 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 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.

At Camp New Friends, children and teens gain a better understanding of their condition, strengths and self-worth.

The cost of Camp New Friends $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 New Friends is sponsored in part by:
Several Neurofibromatosis Network organizations around the country including NF Midwest, NF Northeast, NFCA and the NF Network. It also receives support from NF, Inc., Mid-Atlantic, JARC and the Dino Doozer Foundation..