Camp Take Charge

Fun, Supportive, and Empowering Environments for Youngsters with Diabetes

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Camp Take Charge of Diabetes dates for 2014:  July 24-July 27

Camp Take Charge of Diabetes offers young people with diabetes (ages 10-17) four days and three nights of summer fun, education, and social connections.  Camp Take Charge was developed by Brainy Camps in conjunction with the Comprehensive Diabetes Program of Children’s National Medical Center.

In addition to fun, the goal of Camp Take Charge is to reduce the social isolation that is often associated with this condition, and increase knowledge and understanding of diabetes. The camp provides opportunities for youngsters and their families 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. Dr. Otilia Neacsu, pediatric endocrinologist at Inova in Northern VA, is serving as the onsite physician for Camp Take Charge.

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 the same health conditions and are offered hope for the future.

Campers participate and choose from a myriad of activities that keep them busy from morning to night. Support groups and educational programs promote knowledge, skill development and social connections

At Camp Take Charge, children gain a better understanding of their condition, strengths and ability to care for themselves.

The cost of Camp Take Charge is $550 for campers, $350 for counselors-in-training.  Need based scholarships are available and payment plans can be arranged.  Please contact Brainy Camps for more information.

Camp Take Charge receives support from:
the Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.