Camp Take Hold

A Fun, Supportive Environment for Kids with Hemiplegia, Hemiparisis and Hemiplagia

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Camp Take Hold 2016:  June 26-July 2

Camp Take Hold offers children and teens with hemiparisis and hemiplegic or diplegic cerebral palsy, ages 9-17, a week of summer fun, social connections, and knowledge about their condition.

Camp Take Hold was developed by Brainy Camps in conjunction with the Department of Physical Medicine at Children’s National Health System. Parents can feel comfortable that their children are under the constant care of trained and experienced doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals. Headed by Dr. Sally Evans, MD, the campers work directly with physical and occupational therapists to improve the use of their extremities as they work and play with their peers. Through partially induced restraint, they are encouraged to use their involved side. Camp activities are utilized to reinforce the therapy.

Additionally, support and educational groups increase campers’ knowledge and understanding of their condition, encouraging them to become effective self-advocates and self-managers. Social isolation is reduced as is the stigma related to having the condition. Children and teens gain a better understanding of their condition, strengths and self-worth.Camp also provides parents with respite.

Campers participate in many fun summer activities adapted to accomodate their needs, including hiking, arts and crafts, canoeing, team sports, camp olympics, swimming, yoga and drama.

The cost of Camp Take Hold is $900 for campers, $700 for counselors-in-training and $800 for 1-on-1 assistants.  Need based scholarships are available and payment plans can be arranged.  Please contact Brainy Camps at for more information.

Camp Take Hold 2015 received support from:
members of Children's National Health System's Department of Physical Medicine through the Employee Giving Campaign and private donations.