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Camps

Epilepsy

Camp Great Rock

A Fun, Safe Environment for Kids with Epilepsy

  • For Ages: 7-17
    Duration: 7 days/6 nights
    2019 Dates: June 29-July 5
    Tuition: $950 for campers, $750 for Counselors-In-Training, $850 for 1-on-1 assistants and and $950 for those Training For Independence
    Need based scholarships are available and payment plans can be arranged.

    Medical Leaders: Dr. John Schreiber and Dr. Dewi Depositario-Cabacar, child neurologists at Children’s National

Camp Great Rock is a week long, overnight camp for children and teens with epilepsy, ages 7-17.  For 23 years, it has provided campers with epilepsy a safe environment where they can have fun while building confidence, independence, and self-esteem.

Epilepsy is a common and unpredictable condition that often leads to feelings of social stigma and isolation. Camp Great Rock was developed to reduce the stigma and isolation, while allowing children with epilepsy to meet others with the same condition and enjoy an overnight camp experience.

Camp Great Rock is more than a summer camp—it is specially designed to help kids with epilepsy develop friendships, gain an understanding of their condition, and realize their potential and self worth. At Camp Great Rock, one staff member is assigned to every two campers.

The Neurology Department of Children’s National Health System provides the medical management of Camp Great Rock. Drs. John Schreiber and Dewi Depositario-Cabacar, child neurologists at Children’s National, head the medical team and provide 24/7 physician coverage of camp.  Additional medical staff, including nurses, social workers, physical therapist and psychologists, are on-site throughout the days of camp.  Counselors are trained in seizure recognition, first aid, CPR and the special needs of children with epilepsy. Many counselors and volunteers live with epilepsy and share their experiences with the campers.

Throughout the week, campers participate in a myriad of activities. The kids learn team-building skills through activities such as sports , skits, and camp Olympics. Group counseling sessions allow the children to discuss their feelings and learn how others cope with their epilepsy. For one week, the children do not have to worry about explaining their seizures to their peers; they simply have fun. The friendships made at camp often continue throughout the year and for many to come.

Please contact Brainy Camps at njosey@childrensnational.org for more information.

Camp Great Rock 2018 received support from the following: 
FACES (Finding A Cure of Epilepsy and Seizures) of NYU Langone Medical Center, a grant from Helping Children Grow, Inc., donations made to Brainy Camps' Holiday Giving Campaign, The ARC of Montgomery County, Commonwealth Community Trust, DoMore24 donations, Ability Network grant, Federal Government's Combined Federal Campaign, Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation grant, Maryland Community Connections, a grant from the Ambassador of Qatar, Race For Every Child and private donations.

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  • Campers

    500

  • Volunteers

    150

  • Scholarships Awarded

    280

  • Conditions Served

    11

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