Camp New Friends

A Fun, Supportive Environment for Kids with Neurofibromatosis

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Camp New Friends 2017:  July 16-22

Camp New Friends offers children and teens with neurofibromatosis (ages 7-17) seven days and six nights of summer fun and social connections.

Camp New Friends serves to reduce the stigma and isolation that is often associated with neurological disorders and chronic health conditions. The camps also provide parents with respite.

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

Dr. Kaleb Yohay, child neurologist and expert in NF at New York University Hospital, and Dr. Maria Acosta, child neurologist and expert in neurofibromatosis at Children’s National Health System, head the medical team for the week of camp. Addition medical staff, including nurses, social workers, physical therapist and psychologists, are on-site 24 hours a day. Counselors are trained in dealing with the issues associated with NF. Many counselors and volunteers live with the condition themselves and share their experiences with the campers.

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

The cost of Camp New Friends $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 for more information.

Camp New Friends 2016 was funded by
several Neurofibromatosis Network organizations around the country including NF Midwest, NF Northeast, and NF Kansas and Central Plains, JARC Foundation, The ARC of Montgomery County and The ARC of Southern MD, donations from members of Children’s National Health System through its Employee Giving Campaign, donations made to Brainy Camps' Holiday Giving Campaign, John Hanley High School, Dino Doozer Foundation, the Maria Teresa Nieto Scholarship Fund and private donations.