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A camper smiles during a game of kickball.
A camper smiles during a game of kickball.

Camp Head Strong

A Fun, Supportive, and Empowering Environment for Children and Teens with Hydrocephalus

  • For Ages: 10-17
    Weekend Getaway: July 3 - 4
    5-Day Residential: July 3 - 7
    Hybrid (Weekend Getaway & Virtual Camp): July 3 - 4
    Virtual Camp: July 12 - 14
    Need-based scholarships are available and monthly payment plans can be arranged.

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 and 3-day virtual camp; in-person portion will occur on the weekend and the virtual camp will take place July 12 - 14


Virtual only - $250/person

3-days of virtual camp that will take place July 12 - 14; campers must select their activities one month prior to the start of camp

Camp Head Strong offers children and teens with hydrocephalus (ages 10-17) five days and four nights of summer fun, education, and social connections. Condition-specific camps have proven to be an effective way for children to learn more about their conditions and to develop adaptive behaviors. At Brainy Camps of Children’s National, children learn from peers and adult volunteers who live effectively with the same health conditions and are offered hope for the future.

Camp Head Strong was developed by Brainy Camps in conjunction with the Hydrocephalus Association. In addition to fun, the goal of Camp Head Strong is to reduce the social isolation often associated with this condition and increase each camper’s knowledge and understanding of hydrocephalus. The camp provides opportunities for the children and teens to work with professional staff and become better self-advocates and self-managers of their condition. Parents can feel comfortable that their children are under the care of trained and experienced doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals who are experts in the field.

Medical staff, including physicians, nurses, social workers, a physical therapist, and a psychologist, are on-site 24 hours a day and counselors are trained to deal with issues related to this condition. Campers participate in a myriad of activities. Support groups and educational programs promote knowledge, skill development and social connections and campers gain a better understanding of their condition, strengths, and self-worth.

Please contact Brainy Camps at for more information.

In the event that we must change 2021 camp to virtual camp, these will be the dates:  July 5 - 8, 2021

A camper from our 2019 camp wrote an article about her first time experience at camp. Hopefully this will give even more insight into the type of impact that this camp has on our camper. 

Camp Head Strong 2020 received support from the following: 
2019 Race for Every Child and Lambert Foundation.

Photos from Camp Head Strong & Connect 2019

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