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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
    Duration:  4 days
    2020 Dates: June 19 - July 3, 2020
    Tuition: $200
    Need based scholarships are available and payment plans can be arranged.

    Medical Leader: Dr. Jeffrey Rabin, Acting Division Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s National Health System. 

Campers participate in exercises with an OT.

Virtual Camp Daily Schedule

10 am Morning Meet- Up

10:30 am First Activity

12:30 pm Bunk Brunch

2 pm Second Activity

3 pm Cabin/Chat Room; Support Groups

4 pm GO OUTSIDE

7 pm Evening Activity

 

Each day will begin and end with a Zoom session for all campers. Multiple smaller breakout sessions will be offered throughout the day where campers can choose activities that are of interest to them (i.e., crafts, yoga, scavenger hunt, games, etc.). They also will have the opportunity to participate in support groups led by our clinical psychologist and clinical social worker, as well as educational sessions led by medical experts in the conditions we serve. In addition, the campers will virtually meet together in “bunks” with their assigned counselors and bunkmates to create a feeling of unity and connection.  In the evening, the campers will participate in camp-wide virtual group activities like a “camp fire” sing-along and storytelling, talent show, and dance party. 


 

Camp Take Hold offers children and teens with hemiparisis and hemiplegic or diplegic cerebral palsy, ages 9-17, 5 days and 4 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 Health System. Parents can feel comfortable that their children are under the constant care of trained and experienced doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals. Headed by Dr. Jeffrey Rabin, 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 njosey@childrensnational.org for more information

Camp Take Hold 2019 received support from: 
the ARC of Montgomery County, a grant from Helping Children Grow, Maryland Community Connection, Federal Government Combined Federal Campaign, and private donations.

Photos from CampTake Hold & Great Rock 2019

  • Campers

    500

  • Volunteers

    150

  • Scholarships Awarded

    280

  • Conditions Served

    11

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