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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
    Duration: 4 days
    Dates: July 27 -30, 2020
    Tuition: $200
    Need based scholarships are available and monthly payment plans can be arranged.

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 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 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 njosey@childrensnational.org for more information.

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 2019 received support from the following: 
donations made to the Brainy Camps Holiday Giving Campaign, Brainy Day Fund, Helping Children Grow, MBK Foundation, 2018 Giving Tuesday donations and donations from private donors
 

Photos from Camp Head Strong & Connect 2019

  • Campers

    500

  • Volunteers

    150

  • Scholarships Awarded

    280

  • Conditions Served

    11

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