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Camp Great Rock

A Fun, Safe Environment for Kids with Epilepsy

  • For Ages: 7-17
    Duration: 5 days
    Dates: June 29 - July 3, 2020
    Tuition: $200
    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

Campers pose for a photo after a game of kickball.

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 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 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 2019 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, 2018 Race for Every Child donations, Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation grant, Maryland Community Connections, and private donations.

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  • Campers

    500

  • Volunteers

    150

  • Scholarships Awarded

    280

  • Conditions Served

    11

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