Brainy Camps Association (BCA) of Children’s National is a consortium of residential camps, family camps and programs for children with chronic health conditions. The conditions served include high functioning autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome, neurofibromatosis, epilepsy, sickle cell anemia, type 1 diabetes, heart disorders, Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, and cerebral palsy. We also offer a series of cooking classes for families with children at risk for obesity, family camps for young children with type 1 diabetes, a transitions camp for young adults, online support groups, and leadership training. During the fall and winter, we train teens to serve as peer counselors, giving them the tools to provide support and reduce the social isolation experienced by children with chronic health conditions. Our camps are run in collaboration with many of the healthcare organizations connected to the conditions served. Transportation is available for many of our camps.
In 2009, Brainy Camps Association (BCA) became a subsidiary of Children’s National Health System (CNHS) and was officially established as its own independent non-profit organization, partnering with organizations around the country that serve children with chronic health conditions and offering families much needed respite each summer. In 2012, realizing the opportunities available for training and hands-on experience, BCA was approved as an elective for the CNHS Pediatric Residency Program and medical students from George Washington University.
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