Skip to main content
                                 202-476-5142 | 202-476-3181                             
                                     Camper & Staff Log In

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

Camp Take Charge

Fun, Supportive, and Empowering Environments for Youngsters with Diabetes

  • For Ages: 7-17
    Duration: 5 days
    Dates: August 3 - 7, 2020
    Tuition: $200
    Need based scholarships are available and payment plans can be arranged.

    Medical Leader: Dr. Otilia Neacsu, pediatric endocrinologist at PSV in Northern VA. Assisted by Dr. Elizabeth Shashaty of Children’s National Medical Center.

Campers smile on a float in the pool.

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


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 Take Charge (of Diabetes) offers young people with diabetes (ages 9-18) six days and five nights of summer fun, education, and social connections.  Camp Take Charge was developed by Brainy Camps in conjunction with the Comprehensive Diabetes Program of Children’s National Health System.

In addition to fun, the goal of Camp Take Charge is to reduce the social isolation that is often associated with this condition and increase knowledge and understanding of diabetes. The camp provides opportunities for youngsters 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, diabetes educators, pump specialists and other healthcare professionals who are experts in the field. Dr. Otilia Neacsu, pediatric endocrinologist at PSV in Northern VA, serves as the onsite physician for Camp Take Charge.  She is assisted by Dr. Elizabeth Shashaty of Children’s National Medical Center.

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, children learn from peers and adult volunteers who live effectively with the same health conditions and are offered hope for the future. Campers participate and choose from a myriad of activities that keep them busy from morning to night. Support groups and educational programs promote knowledge, skill development and social connections.  Campers gain a better understanding of their condition, strengths and ability to care for themselves.

Please contact Brainy Camps at for more information.

Camp Take Charge 2019 received support from: 
The ARC of Montgomery County, DC Government, Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, donations made to Brainy Camps' Holiday Giving Campaign, donation made to Brainy Camps during 2018 Giving Tuesday Campaign, MBK Foundation, Alves Family Charitable Foundation, Innovating Worthy Projects, and private donations

Photos from Camp Take Charge 2019 

  • Campers


  • Volunteers


  • Scholarships Awarded


  • Conditions Served


© 2020 Brainy Camps Association

Powered by Firespring