In 1995, a groundbreaking summer camp welcomed its first campers: 23 children with epilepsy. Today, Brainy Camps is a consortium of medically-managed camps, support groups, and programs for families and children with different chronic health conditions, including autism spectrum disorders, celiac disease, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Tourette syndrome, and more. Each year, over 400 children attend one of the 4- to 7-day residential camps designed for their condition, enjoying a classic summer experience in a safe environment. Campers test their limits and gain independence – all while hiking, singing campfire songs, and building friendships with their peers. Meanwhile, parents get a much-needed respite, while a professional team (physicians, nutritionists, 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 St. George, VA

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

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


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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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