Camp New Friends (NF) 2022 IS IN PERSON, AGAIN!!!!!
Hello everyone! We hope you are doing well. Our friends at Brainy Camps are working hard to ensure Camp New Friends 2022 will offer the best in-person, overnight camp experience that they can for the NF community! This year’s camp is scheduled for July 10-16, 2022 (July 8-16 for teens – optional). so start planning now. As we have in years past, NF Midwest will provide scholarship assistance for travel and camp fees to campers from our service region. All applications and registrations MUST go through Brainy Camps. The link below will take you to the application.
From the Brainy Camp website, here are some of the activities you can expect from this year’s Camp NF experience (in no particular order): Arts & Crafts, Archery, Soccer, Kickball, Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Music, Campfire/Campfire Songs, Dance, Acting, Gaga, Yoga, Rockwall, Zip Line, Hiking, and Swimming, and SO MUCH MORE!!
Camp New Friends offers children and teens with neurofibromatosis (ages 7-17) seven days and six nights of summer fun and social connections. 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.
It is important for parents to know that the camp is staffed by qualified medical personnel. Dr. Kaleb Yohay, child neurologist and expert in NF at New York University Hospital, heads the medical team for the week of camp. In addition, medical staff, including nurses, social workers, physical therapists, 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. Please note there are CoVid vaccination requirements, further information in registration.
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.