Camp Take Charge
Fun, Supportive, and Empowering Environments for Youngsters with Diabetes
For Ages: 9-18
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
2019 Dates: August 11-16
Tuition: $950 for campers, $750 for Counselors-In-Training (16+), $850 for 1-on-1 assistants (15+) and $950 for those Training For Independence
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Camp Take Charge 2018 received support from:
The ARC of Montgomery County, DC Government, DECA, Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, donations made to Brainy Camps' Holiday Giving Campaign, Johns Hopkins Hospital and private donations