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Cerebral Palsy

Campers and counselors pose for a photo following a game of kickball.
Campers and counselors pose for a photo following a game of kickball.

Camp Take Hold

A Fun, Supportive Environment for Kids with Cerebral Palsy, Hemiparesis, Hemiplegia, and Diplegia

  • For Ages: 9-17
    7-Day Camp: July 2- 8, 2022
    Teen Week: July 2 - 10, 2022
    Need-based scholarships are available and payment plans can be arranged.

    Medical Team: Brainy Camps’ Medical Liaison, Alyssa Weinstein, NP, works in conjunction with Dr. Justin Barton, Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehab of Children’s National; Dr. Stephanie Schneider, Occupational Therapist of Children’s National; and Physical Therapist Eena Kapoor of Children’s National

Program Program Description Price

Camper (8 -16) Camp Take Hold is designed for children and teens with hemiparesis, hemiplegic and/or diplegic cerebral palsy who can benefit from a residential camp experience. $1,150

Teen Weekend (13 -17) The full camp week plus the Teen Weekend Camp. This camp session is for 13–17-year-olds. This program will include a weekend session just for teens. Please pay close attention to the dates, the teen week will occur between camps so that campers who met during our 2021 camp season can reconnect. $1,500

1-on-1 Assistant (15-16) 1-on-1 Assistant must be at least 15 years old and interested in helping with the needs of another camper in order to ensure they have a successful camp experience. $1,050

Teen Weekend(1-on-1) For 1-on-1s who want to also attend the teen weekend $1,400

CIT (16-18) Counselor-In-Training is a leadership training program for teens 16 and older who are interested in gaining communication and behavioral management skills and want to work with a bunk of campers under the supervision of experienced counselors; must be accepted into the program $950

Teen Weekend (CIT) For CITs who want to also attend the teen weekend $1,300

Training for Independence (16 - 19) For teens, ages 16 to 19, seeking assistance in becoming more independent, responsible, and self-sufficient. $1,150

Campers participate in exercises with an OT.


Camp Take Hold offers children and teens with hemiparesis and hemiplegic or diplegic cerebral palsy, ages 9-17, 7 days and 6 nights of summer fun, social connections, and knowledge about their condition.

Camp Take Hold was developed by Brainy Camps in conjunction with the Department of Physical Medicine at Children’s National. Parents can feel comfortable that their children are under the constant care of trained and experienced doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals. Headed by Dr. Justin Barton, MD, the campers work directly with physical and occupational therapists to improve the use of their extremities as they work and play with their peers. Through partially induced restraint, they are encouraged to use their involved side. Camp activities are utilized to reinforce the therapy.

Additionally, support and educational groups increase campers’ knowledge and understanding of their condition, encouraging them to become effective self-advocates and self-managers. Social isolation is reduced as is the stigma related to having the condition. Children and teens gain a better understanding of their condition, strengths and self-worth. Camp also provides parents with respite.

Campers participate in many fun summer activities adapted to accommodate their needs, including hiking, arts and crafts, canoeing, team sports, camp Olympics, swimming, yoga, and drama.

Please contact Brainy Camps at for more information. 


Camp Take Hold 2020 received support from: 
2019 Race for Every Child

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  • Volunteers


  • Scholarships Awarded


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