Our mission is to create supportive communities where the development of healthy and active lifestyles are encouraged and nurtured.
Brainy Camps Association (BCA) is a consortium of condition specific, medically managed, residential and family camps for children with chronic health conditions. We serve families and children with 10 chronic conditions including epilepsy, high functioning autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome, heart disorders, type-1 diabetes, sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy, neurofibromatosis, Down syndrome, and childhood obesity. Our mission is to create knowledgeable and supportive communities where the development of healthy, active lifestyles are encouraged, partnerships between patients and doctors are promoted, independence and self-management are fostered, education is offered and social connections are supported. Parents and family members receive much needed respite, while their children are medically managed by healthcare experts including physicians, physical and exercise therapists, psychologists, and art therapists. Family camps allow parents and siblings to actively participate with campers while promoting a healthy way of living.
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What We Do
The primary goal of BCAâ€™s camps and programs is to help youth with chronic health conditions live well and reach their potential.â€¯ The uncertainty of their future, lack of experience in life, and numerous missed school days negatively impact the development of social connections, self-esteem, responsibility, problems solving and leadership skills. Our 10 medically supervised, condition specific, residential camps allow youth to become part of a community where they are the majority and the norm.â€¯Campers learn from peers, mentors, and healthcare professionals through our therapeutic groups, experiential interventions, educational seminars, and goal-directed, fun-filled activities which include swimming, flying on a trapeze, rock wall climbing, performing on a stage, singing at the campfire, riding go-carts, canoeing down the river, and creating art projects. The long-term goals include independence, self-efficacy, self-advocacy, positive well-being, and leadership. The early acquisition of knowledge and self-management skills is essential to promote positive health outcomes and resiliency among youth with chronic health conditions. The BCA programs are conducted in the Washington metropolitan area and at the campsite in West Virginia.