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Camp Heartbeat

A Fun, Supportive, and Empowering Environment for Children and Teens with Heart Conditions

  • For Ages: 7-18
    Dates:
    6-day Camp - July 23 – July 29, 2022
    Teen Week - July 23 – July 31, 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. Charles Berul, division chief of the Cardiology program at Children’s National; along with Drs. Russell Cross, Libby Sherwin, Jennifer Webb, and Valerie Curren also of Children’s National; Nurses Beth Jarosz and Corolyn Ramwell; and Cardiology Fellows


Program Program Description Price

Camper Medically managed, residential camp for children diagnosed with heart disease, ages 7-18 $1,000

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. $1,325

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. $900

Teen Weekend (1-on-1)
$1,225

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 $800

Teen Weekend (CIT)
$1,125

Training for Independence For teens, ages 16 to 19, seeking assistance in becoming more independent, responsible, and self-sufficient. $1,000

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Camp Heartbeat offers children and teens with heart conditions, ages 7-18, six days and five nights of summer fun, education, and social connections in a safe and supervised environment.

Camp Heartbeat was developed by Brainy Camps in conjunction with the Department of Pediatric Cardiology of Children’s National. Parents can feel comfortable that their children are under the constant care of trained and experienced doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers who specialize in the condition. Dr. Charles Berul, division chief of the Cardiology program at Children’s National, along with Drs. Russell Cross, Libby Sherwin, Jennifer Webb, and Valerie Curren also of Children’s National, and Dr. Jane Crosson of Johns Hopkins Hospital are the onsite camp physicians.

In addition to fun, the goal of Camp Heartbeat is to reduce the social isolation that is often associated with heart disorders, and increase the knowledge and understanding our campers have about their condition. The camp provides opportunities for the kids to work with professional staff and become better self-advocates and self-managers of their condition. They learn from peers and adult volunteers who live effectively with the condition, serving as role models, and offering hope for a successful future to our campers.

Campers participate and choose from a myriad of activities. Support groups and educational programs promote knowledge, skill development and social connections.  Children and teens gain a better understanding of their condition, strengths and self-worth.

Please contact njosey@childrensnational.org for more information.


 

Camp Heartbeat 2021 received support from the following: 

Lockheed Martin Employees' Political Action Committee (LMEPAC) Charity Match Program and Lambert Foundation. 
 

  • Campers

    500

  • Volunteers

    150

  • Scholarships Awarded

    280

  • Conditions Served

    11

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