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Camp Great Rock

A Fun, Safe Environment for Kids with Epilepsy

  • For Ages: 7-17
    Dates:
    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. John Schreiber, Dr. Dewi Depositario-Cabacar, and Dr. Archana Pasupuleti child neurologists at Children’s National; PA Kelli Morrisey; APRNs Mara Zaiderman and Lauren Dome; and Children’s National Neurology Fellows


Program Program Description Price

Camper Medically managed, residential camp for children diagnosed with epilepsy, ages 7-18 $1,150

Teen Weekend 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 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)
$1,400

Counselor in Training CIT 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)
$1,300

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

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Camp Great Rock is a week-long, overnight camp for children and teens with epilepsy, ages 7-17.  For 25 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 provides the medical management of Camp Great Rock. Drs. John Schreiber, Dewi Depositario-Cabacar, and Dr. Archana Pasupuleti 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 therapists, 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 2021 received support from the following: 
Donation made during the 2019 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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