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DSCN2487Have you been thinking about participating in a local epilepsy camp? Below you will find info on a few camps around the country.  These camps offer a safe environment to enjoy fun activities such as swimming, boating and toasting marshmallows.

For a full list of camps visit the Epilepsy Foundation’s page on Epilepsy Camps.

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago

Description: Each summer, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago’s Camp Blackhawk gives its young participants an experience they won’t soon forget. For one week, kids, ages 6-17, 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 surrounded–-some for the first time–-by dozens of other kids who know exactly what having epilepsy means. At Camp Blackhawk, epilepsy is the norm. Campers get to experience all kinds of fun camp activities like swimming, zip lining, boating and campfires while in a safe and medically monitored setting. In the months leading up to camp, Foundation case managers build relationships with the campers, as well as their parents, and develop a solid grasp of their needs. Best of all, when campers are having the time of their lives at Camp Blackhawk, those case managers are right along with them, enjoying every minute just as much! There is no cost to attend camp, however, donations are accepted and welcomed. Space is limited and campers are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority acceptance will be given to people within the Foundation’s service area. Applications will be available starting March 20, 2015.

Ages: 6 to 17 years old

For more information: mtaylor@epilepsychicago.org

 

Epilepsy Services Foundation | Florida

Description: Participants enjoy a week long 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, nursing, administration and therapeutic camping. To register, please go to Camp Boggy Creek’s website: www.boggycreek.org. The medical forms must be completed and returned to Camp Boggy Creek to complete the registration process for your child.
Ages: 7 to 16 years oldFor more information:  svanhook@epilepsysf.org

 

Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama | Alabama

Description: Camp Evoked Potential is located at Camp ASCCA, the largest barrier free camp for people with disabilities located on Lake Martin in Central Alabama. Camp Evoked Potential is a 5-day overnight camp for children and teens living with epilepsy. The camp provides 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

For more information: info@campascca.org

 

Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut

Description: Channel 3 Kids Camp sits on 150 acres by the shores of the  Skungamaug River, in Andover and Coventry, CT.  There are more than 25 buildings that include sleeping cabins, an open air pavilion, dining hall, recreation hall, arts & crafts cabin, 42’ x 75’ swimming pool and more. This year, the camp has added Ashely’s Place, a brand new, fully accessible, air conditioned building with nurses quarters. However, the camp is so much more than an exceptional facility filled with incredible activities!  They have over 103 years of experience of providing elite staff, quality programming, and endless adventure.  A ‘Kids Camp Experience’ is the ultimate retreat for all children.

Ages: 8 to 21 years old

For more information: allison@epilepsyct.com

Earlier posts on Epilepsy Camp:

Epilepsy campers, signup time is here

Time to go camping

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