Our goal at the end of the Heads Up Conference is to send participants home with new tools and resources to help them deal with the challenges of being a brain tumor survivor. We, therefore, schedule daily educational workshops focusing on various topics, including educational and employment challenges, peer to peer relationships, and how a brain tumor can affect the way a person thinks. Professionals from around the country, including a social worker and employment specialist, lead these sessions and are available to answer individual questions and concerns throughout the week. In addition, each day we schedule Small Group and Fireside Chats which are times set aside for participants to talk and share in a safe, supportive environment. During these chats we use role plays to address specific issues and participants have the opportunity to share their feelings, thoughts and experiences about being a brain tumor survivor.
Even though there is a strong educational component to HUC we want to make sure that there is time for participants to get out and have some fun. Safety is our first priority at camp. Our summer and volunteer staff is carefully vetted and trained. Camp offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Golf carts and wheelchairs are available to ensure that participants can get around campus easily. Swimming, field sports, zip line, climbing wall, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and archery are just some of the onsite activities. HUC participants also get an opportunity to challenge themselves on the high ropes course and will enjoy spending time in the rec room playing fuse ball or ping pong and in the art studio working on projects ranging from tie-dye to pottery. Each week we host local presenters sharing their knowledge and talents with the group. Activities may include yoga and drumming, silk painting and cartooning. In the evening we plan special events designed to enhance community and friendship. In the course of a week participants may enjoy a Hawaiian pool party, a Bake-Off Competition and a Hollywood themed dance. Late night, participants are free to soak in the hot tub, work in the art studio, watch movies or play pool in the recreation room. In addition to our on campus activities, we usually spend one day off campus. We may go bowling in Deer Lodge or mine for sapphires in historic Philipsburg. We finish off our week with a banquet dinner, slide show and talent show where campers are encouraged to showcase their talents in front of a supportive audience.