Sleep Away Camp for Kids with Hydrocephalus!


Camp Head Strong offers children and teens with hydrocephalus (ages 10-17) five days and four nights of summer fun, education, and social connections.

Camp Head Strong was developed by Brainy Camps of Children’s National in conjunction with the Hydrocephalus Association.

Condition specific camps have proven to be an effective way for children to learn more about their conditions and to develop adaptive behaviors. At Camp Head Strong, children learn from peers and adult volunteers who live effectively with the same health conditions and are offered hope for the future.

In addition to fun, the goal of Camp Head Strong is to reduce the social isolation often associated with this condition and increase each camper’s knowledge and understanding of hydrocephalus. The camp provides opportunities for the children and teens 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 and healthcare professionals who are experts in the field.

Medical staff, including physicians, nurses, social workers, a physical therapist and psychologist, are on-site 24 hours a day and counselors are trained to deal with issues related to this condition. Campers participate in a myriad of activities — from archery and zip lining to arts and crafts, theater and dance. Support groups and educational programs promote knowledge, skill development and social connections and campers gain a better understanding of their condition, strengths and self-worth.

When: July 7 – 11
Who: Kids/Teens 10-17 years old
Where: St. George, VA

Registration ends
June 1st, 2019

The cost of Camp Head Strong is $750 for campers, $550 for Counselors-In-Training (16+), $650 for 1-on-1 assistants(15+) and $750 for those Training For Independence.
Need based scholarships are available and monthly payment plans can be arranged.
Please contact Brainy Camps at for more information.

Read David’s blog about his experience at the 2018 Camp Head Strong
“My Incredible Experience at Camp Head Strong”


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3 Comments for : Sleep Away Camp for Kids with Hydrocephalus!
    • Roseann
    • February 13, 2019

    Yes – I wish they had this kind of thing for older adults. Does anyone know if there is any type of social group for hydrocephalus individuals of age 25 – 35 yrs – thx

    • patrick
    • January 31, 2019

    Dang… I wish we had things like this when I was a child. I missed many fun weeks at Stonestown YMCA Summer Camp because I ended up in the hospital. I even ended up relapsing while we were on a trip to a circus. I’m honestly jealous!

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