Camp Take Charge

Fun, Supportive, and Empowering Environments for Youngsters with Diabetes

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Camp Take Charge (of Diabetes) 2018:  August 11-16

Camp Take Charge (of Diabetes) offers young people with diabetes (ages 10-17) six days and five nights of summer fun, education, and social connections.  Camp Take Charge was developed by Brainy Camps in conjunction with the Comprehensive Diabetes Program of Children’s National Health System.

In addition to fun, the goal of Camp Take Charge is to reduce the social isolation that is often associated with this condition and increase knowledge and understanding of diabetes. The camp provides opportunities for youngsters 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, diabetes educators, pump specialists and other healthcare professionals who are experts in the field. Dr. Otilia Neacsu, pediatric endocrinologist at PSV in Northern VA, serves as the onsite physician for Camp Take Charge.  She is assisted by Dr. Elizabeth Shashaty of Children’s National Medical Center.

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.

Campers participate and choose from a myriad of activities that keep them busy from morning to night. Support groups and educational programs promote knowledge, skill development and social connections.  Campers gain a better understanding of their condition, strengths and ability to care for themselves.

The cost of Camp Take Charge is $820 for campers, $620 for counselors-in-training and $720 for 1-on-1 assistants.  A $20 fee is included 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 Take Charge 2016 received support from:
Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, members of Children's National Health System's Department of Endocrinology through the Employee Giving Campaign, donations made to Brainy Camps' Holiday Giving Campaign, Department of Social Services of Prince George's County, Children's National's Child Health Board Peer Counseling Grant, Unchained Charities, Inc, the Arc of Montgomery County, and private donations.