Summer Fun with Camp New Friends

Author: BrainyCamps, NF Network
Published On: 07/08/2021

Camp New Friends offers children and teens with neurofibromatosis (ages 7-17) 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. 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.

Brainy Camps' Camp New Friends’ takes place every summer and offers a myriad of activites for campers to choose and participate in! Support groups and educational programs promote knowledge, skill development and social connections. Through outdoor activities, children and teens gain a better understanding of their condition, strengths and self-worth.

Dr. Kaleb Yohay, child neurologist and expert in NF at New York University Hospital, heads the medical team for the week of camp, and 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. Having leaders with personal experiences with neurofibromatosis builds friendship, connection, and inspiration. Peer leader Samantha Buggle reminds the campers, “Never let your disorder define you or stop you from doing what you love.”

For more information on Camp New Friends, visit the Brainy Camps website, and  read the full newsletter update from Brainy Camps here.

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