In 1995, a groundbreaking summer camp welcomed its first group of campers: 23 children with epilepsy. Today, Brainy Camps Association is a consortium of medically-managed camps, support groups, and programs for families and children with different chronic health conditions, including Down syndrome, type-1 diabetes, neurofibromatosis, cerebral palsy, and congenital heart disease. Each year, 400 kids attend one of 10 residential camps (four to seven days) designed for their particular condition, enjoying a classic summer experience in a safe environment where respect is the norm. Participants test their limits, gain independence and, most importantly, build powerful friendships among peers with the same condition. Group activities challenge campers to work together and overcome obstacles – but the kids also hike, play games, and sing around the campfire. Meanwhile, parents get a much needed respite, while a team of professionals – from physicians to nutritionists to social workers – ensures each child’s safety and care. As one child said: “Camp is one of the only places I can go where people accept me for who I am and everyone understands.”

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; --; MD-Montgomery County; --; Campsite is in WV

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Native American; Other

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities

Schools They Work In: We serve children who are referred by the schools, hospitals, health organizations, and community.

Awards & Recognition

Featured in the American Hospital Association, AHA. TBA
Published research in journals, 2006, 2007, 2014.
Director served on the Institute of Medicine, 2012-2014
NBC Feature Story 2008
CNN Story 2014
WTOP Charity of the Month, May 2015
Celebration of 20 year Anniversary, Embassy & Campsite, 2015
Featured story, Pediatric Cardiology Magazine, 2013

Press

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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Brainy Camps Association is: Less than $500k

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