Super Campers Always

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

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Super Campers Always 2019:  June 17-21

Super Campers Always offers children and teens with sickle cell anemia (ages 7-17) five days and four 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, children learn from peers and adult volunteers who live effectively with the same health conditions and are offered hope for the future.

Super Campers Always was developed by Brainy Camps in conjunction with by the Hematology and Oncology Departments of Children’s National Health System. In addition to fun, the goal of Super Campers Always is to reduce the social isolation that is often associated with this condition and increase every camper’s knowledge and understanding of sickle cell anemia. 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.

Dr Robert Nickel, hematologist specializing in sickle cell anemia at Children’s National, heads the camp’s medical team.  Additional medical staff, including nurses, social workers, physical therapist and psychologists, are on-site 24 hours a day and counselors are trained to deal with issues related to the sickle cell disease.

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.   Many counselors and volunteers live with the condition and share their experiences with the campers.

The cost of Super Campers Always 2019 is $750 for campers, $550 for counselors-in-training, and $650 for 1-on-1 assistants.  Need based scholarships are available and payment plans can be arranged.  Please contact Brainy Camps at [email protected] for more information.

Camp Super Campers Always 2018 received support from the following:
Howard University's FACES Of Our Children, Children's National's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, funding from DC Government, Heart of Gold Foundation, a Helping Children Grow grant, MBK Foundation, Brainy Camps' Race For Every Child Fundraiser, and private donations.