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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: TBD
    Tuition: TBD
    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.

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 2020 received support from: 

Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Lions of VA Foundation, Montclair's Lions Club, and private donors

Photos from Camp Take Charge 2019 

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