Covid-19 Update: As of January 1, 2021, we have not yet decided whether or not we will offer an in-person or a virtual camp. As we get closer to summer we will make that determination. In 2020, we held a 4-hour “virtual camp” over Zoom for adults, which will be our back up plan for the teens this year if we don’t run our regular in-person program.
Started in 2008, Camp DCO is a 3-day overnight camp for teens and adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Odd years (2021, 2023) will be run for teens ages 13-17 and even years (2022, 2024, etc.) will be for adults 18 and up.
Why is there so little information about the camp on this website?
We intentionally limit the information we give to the general public as an extension of a core value of our program – that living a life moment to moment is challenging and a task to be practiced, endured, yet never mastered, but worth the attempt. We want our campers to enter the program not knowing too much about it because it is an exposure that starts at first contact, and the anticipation of the program and uncertainty that we all feel leading up to it (yes, even the staff!) is shared amongst the group – our first shared and connecting experience before meeting in person and having many more shared and connecting experiences. So if you are reading this with the possibility of attending the program having not done so before, drink up and relish the anticipatory anxiety – your not-knowing will be finite.
Why is it called Camp DCO?
Informed by a type of therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention, therapists often help clients do the opposite of what OCD tells them to do, so we named our camp “DCO” as it is the opposite of OCD. Said with Italian flair, it also sounds really cool.
Camp dates for 2021 are to be determined
“There is no certainty; there is only adventure” – Roberto Assagioli
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions” — Rilke