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Epilepsy Summer Camps | February 19, 2015

Below you’ll find a compilation of EFA summer camps and those supported by other organizations.

Ages range from 6-26, depending upon the camp and its activities.

Applications for this year’s summer camps are beginning. (Or starting very soon.) Dates and ages vary, depending upon the camp.

So, it’s best you get the necessary info now, to avoid disappointment.

Camps should be contacted early for dates and applications.

Staff includes a neurologist, several nurses, and counselors, all with special training in how to recognize and respond appropriately to seizures.

The security of having specially-trained medical personnel available provides a safe environment in which campers can enjoy a variety of socialization activities that promote self-confidence, cooperation, respect for others, maturity and an appreciation of their own abilities.

To be eligible, a child must:
Have a primary diagnosis of epilepsy
Be between the specific ages qualified
Be able to feed, bathe, dress and toilet without assistance
Work well in small groups

The general information site for a listing of Epilepsy Foundation summer camps is http://www.epilepsy.com/get-help/services-and-support/camps/epilepsy-camps

Alaska

See Washington listing

Alabama

Camp Evoked Potential @ Camp ASCCA

Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama

Description: Opened in 1976, Camp ASCCA is the world’s largest year-round, barrier free camp for people with disabilities. It is located on Lake Martin off Highway 280 between Dadeville and Alexander City. Camp Evoked Potential @ Camp ASCCA is for children and teenagers with epilepsy. It’s a great opportunity for kids to experience the fun of camp activities — swimming, fishing, sports, hiking and more — in a safe, medically monitored setting. Camp activities are designed to be accessible and adapted to campers’ individual needs and abilities.

Ages: 6 to 18 years old

Cost: $695

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.campascca.org, info@campascca.org, contact David Toenes at dtoenes@efala.org, call (251)341-0170 or 1-800-626-1582

Arizona

Camp Candlelight

Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona

Description: Camp Candlelight is a one-week sleepover camp featuring summer activities such as: arts and crafts, archery, horseback riding, rock climbing, campfires and hiking. This program gives campers the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities while developing a sense of self-worth, independence and personal responsibility. To be eligible, the camper must have a diagnosis of epilepsy.

Ages: 8 to 15 years old

Cost: $375

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: http://epilepsyaz.org/programs/camp-candlelight/, info@epilepsyaz.org or call (602) 406-3581

California

Youth Summer Camp

Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California – CAMP COELHO – Summer Fun in the Sun!

Description: Campers – Join us at Epilepsy Youth Summer Camp in Occidental, CA! For one week, campers, ages 9 to 17, enjoy a unique adventure where they can have fun, participate in outdoor activities, build friendships and escape some of life’s, daily challenges. Swimming, Canoeing, Archery, Arts & Crafts, GaGa Ball, Beach, Hiking, Sports, Talent Show, Tie-Dye, Campfires. Medical professionals specializing in epilepsy care provide around the clock support.

Ages: 9 to 17 years old

Cost: $575 – 5 nights (Sunday to Friday) room and board, fun activities, specialized medical support

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: http://www.epilepsynorcal.org/template.php?pid=11

Colorado

Jason Fleishman Summer Camp

Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado

Description: The Jason Fleishman Summer Camp is located at the YMCA of the Rockies in beautiful Estes Park, Colo. It is a 5-day overnight camp for teens living with epilepsy. The camp provides an opportunity for young people with epilepsy to participate in fun and exciting activities like rock climbing, zip line, horseback riding, arts and crafts and more. We provide a safe, medically monitored setting.

Ages: 13 to 17 years old

Cost: $300

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.epilepsycolorado.org/index.php?s=10820&cat=885 call Marcee Peterson at (888) 378-9779/or (303) 377-9774

Connecticut

Camp Courage

Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut

Description: Camp Courage is held at Easter Seals Camp Hemlocks in Hebron, Connecticut. It is for kids who are enrolled in an elementary, middle or high school program. Just 25 miles east of Hartford, the camp is surrounded by 160 acres of unspoiled woodland and includes a dining hall, health center, auditorium, indoor heated pool, greenhouse, cabins, an arts and crafts center and much more. Campers enjoy the same activities as all campers do, including swimming, drama, sports and many other exciting activities.

Ages: 8 to 21 years old

Cost: $295

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.epilepsyct.com/service.php?id=8 email Allison Gamber at agamber.efct@sbcglobal.net or call (800) 899-3745

Florida

Camp Boggy Creek

Description: Participants enjoy a weeklong summer session of fun, adventure and independence. The “Boggy Campers” meet new friends and share their challenges while enjoying swimming, boating, fishing, arts and crafts, horseback riding, theater, archery, singing and dancing. Located in Eustis, Fla., the camp is specifically designed for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Laughter and friendships abound on the 232 acres of tall pines, majestic oaks and nature trails. Camp Boggy Creek is a permanent, year round facility where children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses can come at no charge. Camp Boggy Creek’s staff and volunteers are comprised of professionals from the fields of medicine, administration and therapeutic camping.

Ages: 7 to 16 years old

Cost: Free

Scholarship Available: No

For more information: www.BoggyCreek.org or call (352) 483-4200

Georgia

Camp Big Heart

Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia

Description: Camp Big Heart is located in Winder, Ga. within Ft. Yargo State Park. The camp is a partnership between the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia, Camp Twin Lakes and the Civilian Clubs of Georgia. The camp accepts children and adults with epilepsy, but they must also have a diagnosis of a developmental disability. The camp will offer traditional camp activities, with the safety net of full-time medical staff, low camper-to-counselor ratios and counselors trained in seizure recognition and first aid. Camp applications and medical forms are available online.

Ages: Session 1: 7 to 28; Session 2: 26 and older

Cost: $385

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.campbigheart.com/campers.php, email Lloyd Brown at lloyd@epilepsyga.org or call (800) 527-7105

Camp Carpe Diem

Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia

Description: Camp Carpe Diem is located in Winder, Ga. within Ft. Fargo State Park. The camp is a partnership between the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia, Camp Twin Lakes and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The camp will serve children with epilepsy who have good seizure control with their medications. The camp will offer traditional camp activities with the safety net of full-time medical staff, low camper-to-counselor ratios and counselors trained in seizure recognition and first aid. Camp applications and medical forms are available online.

Ages: 7 to 15 years old

Cost: $100 suggested donation

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.choa.org/campcarpediem, or call Claire Aikens at (404) 785-4425

Illinois

Camp Blackhawk

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago

Description: The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago’s popular Camp Blackhawk is held at Red Leaf Village, located on the grounds of Camp Henry Horner in Ingleside Illinois. This is a week-long overnight camp for children and teenagers with epilepsy. It’s a great opportunity for kids to experience the fun of camp activities— swimming, fishing, hiking, crafts and more—all designed to be accessible and adapted to individual needs and abilities, in a safe, medically monitored setting. Camp Blackhawk is offered free of charge, however donations are accepted and welcomed. Space is limited, and priority acceptance into Camp Blackhawk will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to children residing within the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago’s 43-county service area. See a complete county listing and download camp applications.

Ages: 6 to 17 years old

Cost: Free

Scholarship Available: No

For more information: www.epilepsychicago.org/programs-services/for-children/camp-blackhawk/, email Meredith Taylor at mtaylor@epilepsychicago.org or call (312)939-8622 ext 202

Camp ROEHR (Ruling Over Epilepsy Helps Realize Dreams)

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois

Description: Camp ROEHR is a weeklong overnight camp for children and teenagers with epilepsy — newly located at Pere Marquette in Grafton, IL — with acres of camp sites. It’s a great opportunity for children to make new friends and have a great time in a safe, supportive environment. Camp activities include swimming, fishing, paddle boats, sports, hiking, wildlife exploration, entertainment and much more. We do everything at Camp Roehr that other camps do! We just do it with more supervision and medical support personnel.

Ages: 6 to 17 years old

Cost: $500

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: http://www.efgreatersil.org/camproehr.html, email Trudy L. Baxter at trudyepilepsy@sbcglobal.net or call (618) 236-2181 ext. 104

Indiana

Center for Courageous Kids

Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana

Description: The Center for Courageous Kids, located in Scottsville, Ky., is a world-class overnight medical camp for children with epilepsy and other chronic conditions. Our campus, situated on 168 acres, includes our medical center, equestrian center, bowling alley, indoor swimming complex, gymnasium, climbing wall and so much more!

Ages: 3-21

Cost: $485

Scholarship Available: No

For more information: www.courageouskids.org or call Pam Smith at (270) 618-2900

Kentucky

See Illinois and Indiana listings

Massachusetts

Camp Wee Kan Tu – Massachusetts

Epilepsy Foundation New England

Description: Camp Wee Kan Tu is hosted at the Frank A. Day Camp in East Brookfield, Massachusetts on the shores of Lake Quacumquasit. This camp is a 6 day overnight camp for children and teens with epilepsy. Activities include traditional camp fun and adventures, camp fires, talent shows, epilepsy education and much more, within the structure of a safe, well-monitored environment. The camp staff consists of counselors from the host camp and Epilepsy Foundation volunteers from the medical, social service and epilepsy community. All staff are trained in seizure recognition, first aid and the special needs of children with epilepsy.

Ages: 8 to 17 years old

Cost: $400

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: http://www.epilepsynewengland.org/camp-wee-kan-tu-ma or contact Sarajune Dagen at sdagen@partners.org

Maryland

Camp Great Rock

Epilepsy Foundation Metropolitan Washington

Description: The Epilepsy Foundation Metropolitan Washington refers campers to Camp Great Rock, a week-long, overnight camp for children and teens with epilepsy, ages 7-17.  Camp Great Rock is run by Brainy Camps Association, a subsidiary of the Childe’s National Medical Center. For 19 years, it has provided campers with epilepsy a safe environment where they can have fun while building confidence, independence, and self-esteem.

Ages: 7 to 17 years old

Cost: $850

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.brainycamps.com/camps/camp-great-rock/, contact Sandra Cushner Weinstein at scushwei@childrensnational.org or call (202) 476-5142

Maine

Camp Wee Kan Tu – Maine

Epilepsy Foundation New England

Description: Camp Wee Kan Tu in Maine is being held at Camp Oceanwood in Ocean Park Maine. A 5 day overnight camp for children and teens with epilepsy, Camp Wee Kan Tu Maine will offer a variety of camp activities (therapeutic horseback riding, archery, swimming, beach activities, theatre, sports, arts and crafts and more.  The camp has a full-time nurse and doctor and all staff are trained in seizure first aid.

Ages: 8 to 17

Cost: $400

For more information: http://www.epilepsynewengland.org/camp-wee-kan-tu-maine, contact Kristine Binette at kbinette@epilepsynewengland.org or call (207)602-6160

Michigan

Camp Discovery

Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan

Description: Camp Discovery is a 5-day and 4-night camp for youth with epilepsy. Campers enjoy all the activities that camp has to offer, including a climbing wall, canoeing, horseback riding, swimming, archery, art and much more. Campers also participate in a small group “ask the expert” informational session on epilepsy. At Camp Discovery, children are welcomed into an environment that is encouraging, blameless, kind, committed and safe. Camp staff includes a 24-hour medical team, Epilepsy Foundation staff and expertly trained volunteers. Camp Discovery will be held at the Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center in Augusta, Mich.

Ages: 8 to 17 years old

Cost: $1,000

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.epilepsymichigan.org/page.php?id=36, contact Pam Bird at pbird@epilepsymichigan.org or call (800) 377-6226

Minnesota

Camp Oz

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

Description: Camp Oz is located at YMCA Camp St. Croix in Hudson, Wisconsin. We offer a weeklong overnight camp for youth and teens whose primary condition is epilepsy. It’s a great opportunity for youth to experience a safe yet fun camping experience that includes swimming, horseback riding, campfires, games, sports, nature and meeting new friends. Just recently, we began to offer a day camp option. This program is intended for children to better prepare them for the residential camp in the future. Both camping programs are staffed with medical professionals and volunteers.

Ages: 9 to 17 years old

Cost: $200

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: 

 www.epilepsyfoundationmn.org/programs/youth/camp-oz/ contact Nikki Baker at nbaker@efmn.org or call (651) 287-2308

Mississippi

Alvin P. Flannes Summer Camp

Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi

Description: The Alvin P. Flannes Summer Camp, located at Camp Wesley Pines, Gallman, Miss., is a weeklong overnight camp for children and teenagers with epilepsy. It’s a great opportunity for kids to experience the fun of camp activities – swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, crafts and more. Activities are designed to be accessible and adapted to campers’ needs and abilities in a safe medically monitored setting.

Ages: 8 to 16 years old

Cost: $25

Scholarship Available: No

For more information: www.epilepsy-ms.org/event/alvin-p-flannes-summer-camp/ or call (601) 936-5222

Missouri

See Illinois listing

North Carolina

Victory Junction

Epilepsy Foundation of North Carolina

Description: Epilepsy Foundation of North Carolina refers campers to Victory Junction. Since opening our gates in 2004, Victory Junction has offered a year round program. Campers are challenged to find resilience by looking beyond their illness and try new things under unobtrusive, complete 24-hour medical supervision. They provide state-of-the-art facilities intentionally designed to be accessible and inclusive for all campers affected by one of the many diagnoses served at camp.

Victory Junction strives to create a foundation that fosters independence, confidence and continuous growth after camp to better the quality of life for children. They are honored to have provided camp to children from all 50 states, as well as several foreign countries. Victory Junction is a member of Paul Newman’s renowned Serious Fun Children’s Network and is accredited by the rigorous guidelines of the American Camping Association.

Ages: 6 to 16 years old

Cost: Free

Scholarship Available: No

For more information: http://www.victoryjunction.org/, contact Ashley Seely at aseeley@victoryjunction.org or call (336) 498-9055

Camp Carefree

Epilepsy Foundation North Carolina

Description: Camp Carefree provides a free one week camp experience for youth with specific health problems and disabilities from North Carolina and neighboring states. The program also includes camps for well siblings of chronically ill or disabled children and a week for those with a seriously disabled parent.

Ages: 6 to 16 & siblings

Cost: Free

Scholarship Available: No

For more information: www.campcarefree.org carefreedirectors@gmail.com or call (336) 427-0966

North Dakota

See Minnesota listing

New Hampshire

See Massachusetts listing

New Jersey

Camp NOVA

Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey

Description: Camp NOVA is a wonderful opportunity for children and young adults living with epilepsy and other developmental disabilities to enjoy summer camp. Camp NOVA, which provides an exciting and independent camping experience in an environment filled with fun experiences and memories that last a lifetime, is a 1-week overnight camp for young people. Camp activities include acting, arts and crafts, boating, fishing, karate, swimming and yoga.

Ages: 12 to 28 years old

Cost: $1,055 to $1,380 (depending on level of care needed)

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: http://www.efnj.com/what-we-offer/programs/, contact Jenna Andolora at jandolora@efnj.com or call (800) 336-5843

Bounce Out the Stigma

Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey

Description: Bounce Out The Stigma basketball camp is a partnership of Mighty Mike Basketball and The Family Resource Network. The goal of this collaboration is to provide children and young people, with developmental disabilities a chance to learn using basketball as the primary vehicle to overcome obstacles in life. Our purpose is for children to gain confidence and “bounce-out” their “limitations” to empower themselves.

Ages: 8 to 21 years old

Cost: $325

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: http://www.efnj.com/what-we-offer/programs/, contact Jenna Andolora at jandolora@efnj.com or call (800) 336-5843

Super NOVA (adults only)

Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey

Description: Super NOVA is a weekend adventure for adults 29 years of age and up with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Super NOVA was specifically developed when the Epilepsy Foundation of NJ saw that so many of the Camp NOVA individuals were aging out with no similar alternative.

Ages: 29+ (adults)

Cost: $950

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: http://www.efnj.com/what-we-offer/programs/, contact Jenna Andolora at jandolora@efnj.com or call (800) 336-5843

New Mexico

See Colorado listing

New York

Camp EAGR

Epilepsy Foundation of Rochester-Syracuse-Binghamton

Description: Camp EAGR is the Epilepsy Foundation of Rochester-Syracuse-Binghamton’s weeklong overnight camp for children and teenagers with epilepsy. It is located at the YMCA’s Camp Weona, just outside of Warsaw, N.Y. It’s a great opportunity for children to participate in activities such as swimming, horseback riding, canoeing and arts and crafts. Along with approximately 30 qualified counselors, Camp EAGR also has a neurologist and 2–3 registered nurses who remain at camp the entire week.

Ages: 8 to 17 & siblings

Cost: $750

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.epiny.org/epilepsy-camp-eagr.php, contact Mike Radell at mradell@epiny.org or call (585) 442-4430 x2741

Bounce Out The Stigma Basketball Camp

Epilepsy Foundation Long Island

Description: This fun basketball camp designed for kids with epilepsy seizure disorders and their siblings. Run by Harlem Wizard “Mighty Mike” Simmel, it includes a full week of skills, drills, thrills, and fun with a great basketball role model and mentor. Each child receives a camp t-shirt, basketball, and a host of other camp goodies. A lunch program is available for a fee through the St. Anthony’s Cafeteria or kids can bring their own packed lunch.

Ages: 8 to 19

Cost: $325

Scholarships Available: Yes

For more information:www.bounceoutthestigma.org or call Janet Romeo at 516.739.7733 x 145 or 201.725.7224

Ohio

Camp for Champs

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Columbus

Description: Camp for Champs is a day program for children that offers a world of horses and green fields on the Rail Fence Farm located near Centerburg in Knox County, Ohio. Here, campers not only participate in hippotherapy (occupational therapy on horseback), but are given the opportunity to take part in many crafts, water play, fishing and other activities. An occupational therapist and certified equine instructor provide for a safe and confidence-building atmosphere with a three staff to one camper ratio.

Ages: 4 to 11 years old

Cost: $50

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.epilepsy-ohio.org/programs/camp-flame-catcher/camp-for-champs/, contact Mark Findley at mfindley@epilepsy-ohio.org or call (513) 721-2905

Camp Flame Catcher

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Columbus

Description: Camp Flame Catcher offers both weekend and weeklong opportunities for kids with seizures. While at camp the kids get to meet others who share a similar diagnosis, while also learning about epilepsy and having fun in the outdoors. Campers swim daily, hike, play games, horseback ride, canoe and much more. Memories and friends are made to last a lifetime!

Ages: 4 to 15 years old

Cost: $175 for a weekend; $375 for a week

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.epilepsy-ohio.org/programs/camp-flame-catcher/camp-flame-catcher/, contact Mark Findley at mfindley@epilepsy-ohio.org or call (513) 721-2905

Oregon

See Washington listing

Pennsylvania

Camp Achieve @ Camp Green Lane

Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania

Description: Camp Achieve at Camp Green Lane, Green Lane, Pa., is a 6-day overnight camp for children, with a primary diagnosis of epilepsy/seizure disorder. Camp Achieve provides a unique opportunity for campers to meet others who are living with similar challenges. Camp activities are designed to increase self-esteem, independence, enhance personal growth, build friendships and create unforgettable memories. A fun, secure, safe and healthy environment is ensured by our medical professionals, trained volunteers, staff and Camp Green Lane counselors. Pennsylvania residents have priority; other states are given consideration depending upon availability.

Ages: 8 to 17 years old

Cost: $325

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.efepa.org/programs-and-resources/camp-achieve/ camp@efepa.org or call (215) 629-5003 ext.110

Camp Fitch @ Camp Frog

Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania

Description: An array of activities are offered to the campers including archery, horseback riding, climbing
towers, sand volleyball, basketball, soccer, paintball, riflery, miles of hiking trails, nature studies, arts and crafts, fishing and much more. Camp Fitch also has an inland lake for boating, an Olympic size swimming pool and a mile of the sandy Lake Erie beach.

Ages: 8 to 17 years old

Cost: $570

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.campfitch.com, contact Amanda Stein at astein@efwp.org or call (800) 361-588

Camp Conrad Weiser @ Camp Frog

Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania

Description: The camp offers a wide range of program areas, including two athletic fields, archery and riflery ranges, tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, a nature center, an auditorium/program center, campfire rings, craft shop, a large outdoor swimming pool facility, climbing tower, ropes courses, and a riding stable with
miles of trails. Sailing, canoeing and kayaking are also offered at the nearby Blue Marsh Lake.

Ages: 8 to 17 years old

Cost: $485: age 8; $700: 9+

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.smymca.org, contact Gretchen Knaub at gknaub@efwp.org or call (800) 336-0301

Rhode Island

See Massachusetts listing

Tennessee

Center for Courageous Kids

Epilepsy Foundation Middle and West Tennessee

Description: The Center for Courageous Kids, located in Scottsville, Ky., is a world-class overnight medical camp for children with epilepsy and other chronic conditions. Our campus, situated on 168 acres, includes our medical center, equestrian center, bowling alley, indoor swimming complex, gymnasium, climbing wall and so much more!

Ages: years old

Cost: Free

Scholarship Available: No

For more information: www.courageouskids.org or call Pam Smith at (270) 618 – 2900

Camp Discovery

Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee

Description: The Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee partner with Camp Discovery to provide a camp just for those living with epilepsy. Camp Discovery is a project of the Tennessee Jaycees and the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation, Inc.. The Jaycees have been providing summer camping opportunities for people with disabilities for many years now. During the last 28 years, we have come a long way in developing and updating our camp to meet the needs of our campers. Camp Discovery is always striving to provide the best camping experience possible.

Ages: 7 to Adult

Cost: $395

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.jayceecamp.org, contact Pam Hughes at pam@efeasttn.org or call (800) 951-4991

Camp Celebrate

Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee

Description: The Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee partners with Camp Celebrate to conduct this family camp. At Camp Celebrate, persons with disability and their families receive encouragement and care in the comfort of a safe family camp environment. Families enjoy fully accessible and age appropriate fun activities, are nourished by hearty home-style meals, build lifelong relationships, and network with families who understand the challenges of life with a disability. You’ll leave camp encouraged, refreshed, and just maybe a little bit tired from all the fun you and your family will have!

Ages: Family Camp

Cost: $365 for adults and $240 for children. Kids 5 and under are free

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.tnfamilyretreat.com, contact Pam Hughes at pam@efeasttn.org or call (800) 951-4991

Texas

Camp Brainstorm

Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas

Description: The Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas’ Camp Brainstorm is a five-day, four-night residential summer camp experience for children with epilepsy, ages 8-17. Camp Brainstorm gives campers a life changing experience they won’t soon forget. For 5 days youth with epilepsy come together and enjoy all the fun activities and friendships that come with a trip to camp, while leaving behind various challenges epilepsy can bring to their daily lives. They are all surrounded – some for the first time – by dozens of other kids who know exactly what having epilepsy means. There are no worries about what people would think if they had a seizure or if they will be excluded from activities just because they are different. At Camp Brainstorm, epilepsy is the norm.

Ages: 8 to 17

Cost: Free

Scholarship Available: N/A

For more information: www.epilepsycamp.com, contact Elizabeth Ortiz at camp@efcst.org or call (210) 653-5353

Camp Spike ‘n’ Wave

Epilepsy Foundation Texas – Houston/Dallas/Fort Worth/West Texas

Description: Camp Spike ‘n’ Wave, located at beautiful, handicap accessible Camp For All in Burton, Texas, is a week-long overnight camp for children with the primary diagnosis of epilepsy. Camp Spike ‘n’ Wave is built on happiness, love, friendship, respect and admiration. Spike ‘n’ Wave is proud of its role model counselors (Camper to counselor ratio is 3:1). An outstanding team of medical professionals, led by a pediatric neurologist, are present during the entire week of camp.

Ages: 8 to 14 years old

Cost: Free

Scholarship Available: No

For more information: www.eftx.org/programs/camps-and-recreation/camp-spike-n-wave/ camp@eftx.org

Camp Neuron

Epilepsy Foundation Texas – Houston/Dallas/Fort Worth/West Texas

Description: Camp Neuron is located at Ceta Canyon in Happy, Texas. It is a weekend overnight camp for children and teenagers with epilepsy. It’s a great opportunity for kids to experience the fun of camp activities—swimming, fishing, sports, hiking and more—all designed to be accessible and adapted to campers’ individual needs and abilities, all in a safe, medically monitored setting.

Ages: 8 to 14 years old

Cost: Free

Scholarship Available: No

For more information: www.eftx.org/programs/camps-and-recreation/camp-neuron/ camp@eftx.org

Kamp Kaleidoscope

Epilepsy Foundation Texas – Houston/Dallas/Fort Worth/West Texas

Description: Kamp Kaleidoscope is located at YMCA Collin County Adventure Camp in Anna, Texas, just outside Dallas. Kaleidoscope is a weeklong overnight camp for teenagers with epilepsy. Kaleidoscope provides a safe, enjoyable experience while promoting independence, self-confidence, competency and social interaction. The camper to counselor ratio is 4:1. Counselors are selected for their experience and enthusiasm for working with teenagers. A dedicated medical staff is present during the entire week of camp.

Ages: 15 to 19 years old

Cost: Free

Scholarship Available: No

For more information: www.eftx.org/programs/camps-and-recreation/kamp-kaleidoscope/ camp@eftx.org

Virginia

Camp Holiday Trails

Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia

Description: The Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia donates to and trains camp staff at Camp Holiday Trails located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Camp Holiday Trails is for kids who need medical support to participate in camp. The aim of the camp is to create a community that embraces nature, celebrates individuality, cherishes health and well-being and cultivates a deeper appreciation of what it means to belong to something — to be a part of a caring community.

Ages: 5 to 7

Cost: $125 per week

For more information: http://www.campholidaytrails.org  campisgood@campholidaytrails.org
(434) 977-3781

Camp Great Rock

Epilepsy Foundation Metropolitan Washington

The Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia directs campers to Camp Great Rock. They also help train staff and donate to this camp.

Vermont

Epilepsy Foundation Vermont

Offers camp scholarships to families in Vermont who can select the camp of their choice for their child for one week.

Call Audrey Butler at 802-775-1686 or epilepsy@sover.net

Washington

Camp Discovery

Epilepsy Foundation Northwest

Description: Camp Discovery is located at Camp Fire USA’s Camp Killoqua in Stanwood, Washington. The Camp is a 4-day 3-night camp for children and teens with epilepsy. It’s a great opportunity or kids to experience the fun of many camp activities – swimming, fishing, sports, hiking and more. Activities are designed to be accessible and adapted to individual needs and abilities and provided in a safe, medically monitored setting.

Ages: 7 to 16 & siblings

Cost: Free for children with epilepsy; Free for their first sibling; Additional siblings are $125 each

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: www.epilepsynw.org/programs/camp-discovery or call (206) 261-6893

Wisconsin

Camp Phoenix

Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin

Description: Located at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, Wisconsin, Camp Phoenix is a weeklong overnight camp for children and teenagers with a primary diagnosis of epilepsy. Over 400 acres of woods and trails surround the private Lions Lake. Plenty of well-trained staff, nurses and counselors provide a safe, medically monitored setting. Kids experience the fun of camp activities like swimming, fishing, sports, hiking and more.

Ages: 8–17 years old

Cost: $600

Scholarship Available: Yes

For more information: email Jane Meyer at janemeyer@wisc.edu or call (800) 693-2287

 

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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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