Camp Connect ASD

Building self–esteem for children with
high functioning autism spectrum disorder

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Camp Connect ASD 2018:  July 1-5

Camp Connect ASD offers children and teens diagnosed with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ages 9-18, five days and four nights of summer fun and social connections. Children experience all the fun and adventure of a sleep-away camp with medical staff close at hand.

For six days, the children do not have to worry about how they are seen or what others think; they simply have fun.  They participate in a myriad of activities, learning team-building skills through  sports, skits, and Camp Olympics.  Formal and informal support groups allow campers to practice appropriate social and communication skills and encourage the discussion of meaningful topics including how to handle bullying, what to do when teased and how to make friends.

The Department of Neurology of Children’s National Health System provides the medical management of Camp Connect.   Dr. Tammy Tsuchida, Child Neurophysiologist, is joined by a staff of nurses, social workers, physical therapists, and psychologists to provide medical coverage throughout the week of camp. Experienced teachers volunteer their time and expertise to work with the ASD population and help train the counselors to deal with the issues associated with ASD.  Several counselors and volunteers who live with the condition share their experience and wisdom with the campers each summer.

The cost of Camp Connect ASD 2018 is $820 for campers and $620 for counselors-in-training. The canteen fee is included in the camp tuition.  Need based scholarships are available and monthly payment plans can be arranged. Please contact Brainy Camps at [email protected] for more information.

Camp Connect ASD 2017 received support from the following:
LISS Funding through Maryland Community Connections, donations made to Brainy Camps' Holiday Giving Campaign, members of Children's National Health System and the Department of Neurology through the hospital's Employee Giving Campaign, a grant from Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation, funding from The ARC of Montgomery County, a grant from the ambassador of Qatar, and private donors.