Camp New Friends offers children and teens with neurofibromatosis (ages 7-17) seven days and six nights of summer fun and social connections. Camp is located in the Shenandoah Mountains of West Virginia, on the grounds of Timber Ridge Camp, 90 miles west of Washington, DC.
Camp New Friends serves to reduce the stigma and isolation that is often associated with neurological disorders and chronic health conditions. The camps also provide parents with respite.
Condition specific camps have proven to be an effective way for children to learn more about their condition and to develop adaptive behaviors. At Brainy Camps, children learn from peers and adult volunteers who live effectively with these same health conditions and are offered hope for the future.
Dr. Kaleb Yohay, child neurologist and expert in NF at New York University Hospital, and Dr. Maria Acosta, child neurologist and expert in neurofibromatosis at Children’s National Health System, head the medical team for the week of camp. Addition medical staff, including nurses, social workers, physical therapist and psychologists, are on-site 24 hours a day. Counselors are trained in dealing with the issues associated with NF. Many counselors and volunteers live with the condition themselves and share their experiences with the campers.
Campers participate and choose from a myriad of activities. Support groups and educational programs promote knowledge, skill development and social connections. Children and teens gain a better understanding of their condition, strengths and self-worth.
If you would like to send your child to Camp New Friends, you will see registration information here.