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Camp Great Rock

A Fun, Safe Environment for Kids with Epilepsy

  • For Ages: 7-17
    Weekend Getaway: June 26 - 27
    5-Day Residential: June 26 - 30
    Hybrid (weekend getaway & 3-day virtual): June 26 - 30
    Virtual only: June 28 - 30
    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

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Weekend Getaway - $300/person

2-day in-person camp for campers not fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the start of camp; each condition specific camp will take place over a weekend.

 

5-Day Residential Camp - $850/person; $650 for CITs

5-day in-person camp for campers who have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to camp; each condition specific camp will start on a Saturday and end on the following Wednesday.

 

Hybrid Camp - $550/person; $450 for CITs

2-day in-person camp followed by 3-day virtual camp; in-person portion will occur on the weekend and the virtual camp will take place the following Monday to Wednesday.

 

Virtual only - $250/person

3-days of virtual camp that will take place Monday to Wednesday; campers must select their activities one month prior to the start of camp


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 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 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.


In the event that we must change 2021 camp to virtual camp, these will be the dates:  July 12 - 15, 2021

Camp Great Rock 2020 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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