How We Help
The therapeutic benefits of camp that last a lifetime
Children who attend Brigadoon’s programs have faced profound challenges for most of their young lives. Some face exhaustive operations, regular medical care, prolonged hospital stays, restrictions to lifestyle and diet; all of which can isolate a child within their peer group, family, & community.
Our program is structured such that children living with the same illness or life challenge attend a camp specifically designed for those living with their needs. While at Brigadoon, our campers learn more about their illness, share experiences and create special friendships with other children going through the same challenges. By providing this type of environment the kids who attend Brigadoon no longer feel different or alone because of their diagnosis. For many, they are meeting others who are just like them for the first time. The opportunity to share and bond with another child who shares the same life challenge is powerfully therapeutic.
We offer extraordinary children a chance to be ordinary.
Our impact on the community
Brigadoon’s purpose is beyond simply providing fun and exciting experiences for our campers, but to transform the lives of the children who attend our programs. We show our campers that they are not alone, that they have limitless potential, and can achieve more than they ever thought possible.
Our unique camp programs impact and enrich the lives of our campers by creating a sense of community within their lives and empowering them to be the best possible version of themselves. The transformational effect of attending camp allows them to meet their challenges head-on, overcome them, and become thriving & giving members of our communities.
Rather than feeling isolated and afraid because of their life circumstances, our campers triumph over their situation and look to inspire others.
Our camp programs are 100% community-funded
The unfortunate reality is that most families who have a child living with a health condition cannot afford to send their child to camp. Most families who have a sick child often allocate the majority of their financial resources to cover their child’s medical needs leaving very little for anything else. Therefore, our fee structure is based on a PAY WHAT YOU CAN model which asks parents to contribute what they can afford.
It costs approximately $1,300 a week for a child to attend a week-long camp program, however, 85% of our campers are underfunded. In fact, the average parent contribution made to Brigadoon is $300 per child. The funds raised through corporate, individual, foundation and community support help ensure we never turn a child away for financial reasons.
At Brigadoon, we believe that through the power of community, we can take care of one another. We believe that every family deserves the same basic experiences and that every child should experience the joy and playfulness that camp offers.