Camp Great Rock

A Fun, Safe Environment for Kids with Epilepsy

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Camp Great Rock 2018:  June 24-30

Camp Great Rock is a week long, overnight camp for children and teens with epilepsy, ages 7-17.  For 23 years, it has provided campers with epilepsy a safe environment where they can have fun while building confidence, independence, and self-esteem.

Epilepsy is a common and unpredictable condition that often leads to feelings of social stigma and isolation. Camp Great Rock was developed to reduce the stigma and isolation, while allowing children with epilepsy to meet others with the same condition and enjoy an overnight camp experience.

Camp Great Rock is more than a summer camp—it is specially designed to help kids with epilepsy develop friendships, gain an understanding of their condition, and realize their potential and self worth. At Camp Great Rock, one staff member is assigned to every two campers.

The Neurology Department of Children’s National Health System provides the medical management of Camp Great Rock. Drs. John Schreiber and Dewi Depositario-Cabacar, child neurologists at Children’s National, head the medical team and provide 24/7 physician coverage of camp.  Additional medical staff, including nurses, social workers, physical therapist and psychologists, are on-site throughout the days of camp.  Counselors are trained in seizure recognition, first aid, CPR and the special needs of children with epilepsy. Many counselors and volunteers live with epilepsy and share their experiences with the campers.

Throughout the week, campers participate in a myriad of activities. The kids learn team-building skills through activities such as sports , skits, and camp Olympics. Group counseling sessions allow the children to discuss their feelings and learn how others cope with their epilepsy. For one week, the children do not have to worry about explaining their seizures to their peers; they simply have fun. The friendships made at camp often continue throughout the year and for many to come.

The cost of Camp Great Rock is $900 for campers, $700 for counselors-in-training and $800 for 1-on-1 assistants.  A $20 fee is added for the camp canteen. Need based scholarships are available and payment plans can be arranged.  Please contact Brainy Camps at [email protected] for more information.

Camp Great Rock 2016 received support from the following:
FACES (Finding A Cure of Epilepsy and Seizures) of NYU Langone Medical Center, members of Children's National Health System's Department Neurology through the Employee Giving Campaign, a grant from Helping Children Grow, Inc., donations made to Brainy Camps' Holiday Giving Campaign, a grant from Children's National's Child Health Board, and private donations.

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