Camp Head Strong

A Fun, Supportive, and Empowering Environment
for Children and Teens with Heart Conditions

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Camp Head Strong 2019:  July 12-15

Camp Head Strong offers children and teens with hydrocephalus (ages 10-17) four days and three nights of summer fun, education, and social connections.

Condition specific camps have proven to be an effective way for children to learn more about their conditions and to develop adaptive behaviors. At Brainy Camps of Children’s National, children learn from peers and adult volunteers who live effectively with the same health conditions and are offered hope for the future.

Camp Head Strong was developed by Brainy Camps in conjunction with the Hydrocephalus Association. In addition to fun, the goal of Camp Head Strong is to reduce the social isolation often associated with this condition and increase each camper’s knowledge and understanding of hydrocephalus. The camp provides opportunities for the children and teens 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.

Medical staff, including physicians, nurses, social workers, a physical therapist and psychologist, are on-site 24 hours a day and counselors are trained to deal with issues related to this condition.

Campers participate in a myriad of activities. Support groups and educational programs promote knowledge, skill development and social connections and campers gain a better understanding of their condition, strengths and self-worth.

The cost of Camp Head Strong 2019 is $650 for campers, $450 for counselors-in-training, and $550 for 1-on-1 assistants.  Need based scholarships are available and monthly payment plans can be arranged.  Please contact Brainy Camps at [email protected] for more information.

Camp Head Strong 2018 received support from the following:
donations made to Brainy Camps Holiday Giving Campaign, Boston Children's Hospital, Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation, the MBK Foundation, Brainy Camps' Race For Every Child, and private donors.