Many intensive treatment programs now offer summer “camps” for children and teens with OCD. These programs vary and approach and style, but most are about a week long, and range from traditional “sleep away” camps, to daytime camps where children sleep at home, or stay with family nearby. For information about any of these programs, please contact the organizations directly. To have a camp added to this list, please email Alex Bahrawy, IOCDF Community Support Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that we are in the process of updating this list with the 2018 camp information. Below is a list of programs from previous years. Please contact these programs directly for information about their 2018 programming.
Fight Fear Summer Camp
Who: Kids and teens ages 10–17 suffering with OCD, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and other anxiety spectrum disorder
When: August 15–20th, 2016
Cost: $2000 (scholarships also available — see below for contact information)
Where: Camp Kuratli — 24751 SE Hwy 224, Boring, OR 97009
Contact: Rachel Schermann at email@example.com
About: Fight Fear Summer Camp is a unique offering for youth who are fighting their anxiety daily to engage in an active, fun and empowering experience. Our camp is designed to extend the premise of exposure therapy to an overnight summer camp while being supported by peers, camp counselors, and licensed clinicians with expertise in treating anxiety disorders. This camp provides youth an opportunity to challenge their anxiety through group therapy, physical activities, relaxation training, skill groups, and FUN. Scholarships are available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center — Pediatric OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program (POCAT)
Who: Children and Adolescents, ages 7–18 years, with a diagnosis of OCD or other anxiety disorder
When: Ongoing all summer
Where: 315 East 62nd Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10065
Contact: Avital Falk, PhD, at (646) 962-2820 or via email at email@example.com
About: The Pediatric OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program (POCAT), at the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center offers an intensive treatment program that runs year-round, and the summer provides a unique opportunity for children and teens to participate for a condensed period of time. The program offers up to 12 hours per week of intensive treatment, which includes six hours of groups and individual sessions to meet each family’s needs. Families can participate for just one to two weeks, or can opt to extend their time with us for longer. This program addresses OCD as well as other non-OCD anxiety disorders, such as Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Selective Mutism, and specific phobias. It is appropriate for a broad range of children and teens with moderately to severely impairing symptoms, and their families. A board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with expertise in this area is available for consultations and medication changes, as needed. The program can be an alternative to traditional summer day camps, or a preparatory program for school for youth struggling to go to camp or school due to their anxiety or OCD symptoms.
Learn more at the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center website.
Who: Adolescents (Ages 8-13)
When: Monday–Friday, August 25–29, 2014.
Time: 9am – 2pm
Where: Child Mind Institute 445 Park Avenue (Entrance on 56th Street) New York, NY 10022
Contact: Robert Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.625.4252 or Zakieh Bigio at email@example.com or 646.625.4257.
About: Fearless Friends is an intensive behavior therapy program for children ages 8 to 12 with specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or other anxiety disorders. The program includes activities specifically designed to target a child’s individual symptoms and field trips to facilitate exposure to real-life situations where anxiety symptoms are triggered. For more information, please visit the program’s webpage or download the PDF of the program flyer.
NYU’s Child Study Center
Who: Children, 8–13 years, with a diagnosis of OCD or other anxiety disorder
When: Monday – Friday, August 11 – 15th, 2014, from 9am–5pm each day.
Where: New York, NY
Contact: Afrika Coaxum at 646-754-4901 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
About: NYU’s Child Study Center is now accepting applications for their OCD Summer program. The “CSC Explorers” program is an excellent way for your children to meet new friends while building skills. CSC Explorers OCD Summer Program is a one-week program for children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or other anxiety disorders. Through group treatment, children will learn to confront their fears with friends in a fun and supportive way. Learn more at the NYU’s Child Study Center website, or download the program flier here.
Who: Adolescents (ages 13-18)
When: 2014 dates to be announced.
Where: Seattle, WA
Apply online: www.teenocdcamp.com
About: Camp DCO, a 3-day overnight camp (August 9-11, 2013) for adolescents (ages 13-18) with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), is now accepting applications for this year’s camp! Located near Seattle, Washington, Camp DCO combines the fun of an adventure camping experience with state-of-the-art treatment principles for OCD. Specifically, strategies based on exposure and response prevention (ERP), a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that has been found to be effective in treating OCD, will be used throughout the weekend to help campers face OCD-related fears. We hope to provide an environment that is fun, supportive, and challenging to enhance and support ongoing therapy for the treatment of OCD. Out of state applicants are welcome! For more information and for a camp application, please visit the Camp DCO website at www.teenocdcamp.com.
*The International OCD Foundation shares these types of resources as a way of helping to connect kids and families with treatment opportunities in their area. We are in no way affiliated with the programs mentioned above.