Camp Next Step

A camp for young adults who need assistance in moving forward

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Camp Next Step 2017:  July 23-27

Camp Next Step is a 5-day/4-night camp for young adults, ages 17-24, in need of assistance in becoming independent and self-sufficient. Dr. Amy Kao, Child Neurologist at Children’s National Health System, heads the medical team, providing 24/7 coverage of the camp.

For the first day of camp, participants focus on self-management of health care, performance of daily living activities, acquisition of effective social skills, and determination of future goals.   They incorporate what they learn by assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities in performing the same skills.  With one-on-one supervision by trained counselors, the Next Steppers assist the intellectually limited campers with their healthcare and personal care needs, aid them in their social interactions and help them to determine their immediate goals.   This invaluable hands-on experience is utilized by the young adults to discover their own strengths and interests and determine their next steps in life.

Throughout the camp days, the Next Step group have the opportunity to participate in a myriad of activities with their partners. They learn team-building skills through activities such as sports, skits, and camp Olympics. Group counseling sessions give them the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and feelings and evaluate their own performance. For four days, they are the assistants, helping others to be successful and, thus, creating their own success and feelings of self-worth.

The cost of Camp Next Step is $700 per person. A $20 fee is added for the camp canteen.  Need based scholarships are available and monthly payment plans can be arranged.  Please contact Brainy Camps at info@brainycamps.com for more information.

Next Step 2016 received support from the following:
FACES (Finding A Cure of Epilepsy and Seizures) of NYU Langone Medical Center, ARC of Montgomery County, the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, and a grant from Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation.