How You Can Help Kids with Epilepsy Go to Camp This Summer

12 June 2019, SeizureLink Staff
There are plenty of epilepsy organizations that are prepared to make summer camp a reality for children with epilepsy.

What comes to mind when you hear the words summer camp? Can you feel the sunshine on your skin and hear the sound of children laughing in the distance? Summer camp is something many kids look forward to each year - exploring their surroundings, building friendships, and learning new skills. But for children with epilepsy, there can be many risks associated with attending summer camp, and that can often leave parents feeling worried and filled with uncertainty.

It’s important to not let worry or fear stand in the way of letting your child participate in summer activities or camps that can improve their ability to manage and cope with having seizures. There are plenty of epilepsy organizations that are prepared to make summer camp a reality for children with epilepsy. For example, the Epilepsy Foundation offers overnight camps that are special places where kids with epilepsy can play, explore and learn together.

Read below to learn more about available camps, see how you can support their mission, and help kids with epilepsy go to camp this summer.

Camp Wish List

It takes teamwork to bring a summer camp to life, and that’s where you come into the picture! The organizations below have put together a specific Amazon wish list for their summer camps and need your help to fulfill their needs.

Camp Brainstorm by Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas
When:
Monday June 17 - Friday, June 21
Where: Camp Aranzazu, Rockport, TX
Wish List: Camp Brainstorm Wish List
Description:
Camp Brainstorm is a dream opportunity for children with epilepsy. It is a place to make friends, develop skills, and try new activities in a safe place. Each camper is supervised by world-class neurologists, nurses, and trained counselors who ensure their safety.

Jason Fleishman Summer Camp by Epilepsy Foundation Colorado
When:
Wednesday July 10 - Sunday, July 14
Where: YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado
Wish List: Jason Fleishman Summer Camp Wish List
Description:
For many teens with epilepsy, the most important thing is to meet others with seizures so they realize they are not alone! This five-day overnight camp allows teens with seizures to focus on what they CAN do through the support and encouragement of caring peers and camp staff. The campers build confidence and knowledge about epilepsy while having fun and making new friends. Camp activities include the zip line, rock climbing, horseback riding, arts and crafts and more. To ensure the safety of the campers, we have a team of licensed medical staff onsite at all times along with experienced counselors.

Camp Achieve by Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania
When:
Sunday August 11 - Friday, August 16
Where: Camp Green Lane, Green Lane, PA
Wish List: Camp Achieve Wish List
Description:
The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern PA believes no child should feel alone, ostracized or unsafe because of their epilepsy. We strive to alleviate the stresses and fears that many children with epilepsy suffer from by providing them access to all of the life experiences they deserve. Camp Achieve is key to accomplishing this goal. From its humble beginnings over twenty years ago, Camp Achieve has become a uniquely designed program tailored to the special needs of youths with epilepsy.

Camp Spike ‘n’ Wave® by Epilepsy Foundation Texas
When:
Sunday, June 9 - Saturday, June 15
Where: Camp for All, Burton, Texas
Wish List: Camp Spike 'n' Wave Wish List
Description:
Camp Spike ‘n’ Wave offers a safe and fun residential camping experience for children and teens living with epilepsy. Through generous donations, Epilepsy Foundation Texas provides this unique opportunity at no cost to families of a child with epilepsy. Throughout the week, campers swim, boat, fish, take nature hikes, play group sports and participate in arts and crafts projects. At camp we are proud of our trained counselors who offer around the clock care and an outstanding team of medical professionals from Texas Children’s Hospital who are present during the entire week of camp.          

Camp Neuron® by Epilepsy Foundation Texas
When:
Sunday, June 30 - Saturday, July 6
Where: Texas Lions Camp, Kerrville, Texas
Wish List: Camp Neuron Wish List
Description:
Camp Neuron offers a safe and fun residential camping experience for children and teens living with epilepsy. Though generous donations, Epilepsy Foundation Texas provides this unique opportunity at no cost to families of a child living with epilepsy. Throughout the week, campers swim, boat, fish, take nature hikes, play group sports, and participate in arts and crafts projects. At camp we are proud of the trained counselors who provide around the clock care and an outstanding team of medical professionals from Cook Children’s Hospital who are present during the entire week of camp.

 

Kamp Kaleidoscope® by Epilepsy Foundation Texas
When:
Sunday, June 30 - Saturday, July 6
Where: Collin County YMCA, Anna, Texas
Wish List: Kamp Kaleidoscope Wish List
Description:
Kamp Kaleidoscope® offers a safe and fun residential camping experience for teens living with epilepsy. Through generous donations, Epilepsy Foundation Texas provides this unique opportunity at no cost to families of a teen with epilepsy. At Kamp Kaleidoscope campers participate in activities promoting independence, self-confidence, competency, and social interaction. Throughout the week, campers swim, boat, fish, take nature hikes, play group sports, and participate in arts and crafts projects. We are proud of our trained volunteer counselors that provide around the clock care for our campers. Counselors are selected for their experience and enthusiasm for working with teenagers. At Kamp Kaleidoscope we are happy to work with an outstanding team of medical professionals from Children’s Health of Dallas who are present during the entire week of camp.

General Wish List

While some epilepsy organizations offer summer camps, their wish list consists of general items needed for a nonprofit organization, such as cleaning supplies, organizational tools, and bathroom necessities. They could also benefit from your support if you purchase items from their wish list below.

Alvin P. Flannes Summer Camp Epilepsy Foundation Mississippi
When:
Wednesday July 31 - Saturday, August 3
Where: Central Hills Baptist Retreat, West, MS
Wish List: Epilepsy Foundation Mississippi Wish List
Description: The Alvin P. Flannes summer camp is a summer camp for provided for Mississippi children ages 7-15 living with epilepsy. This camp allows the children to have a great summer camp experience. Camp activities include canoeing, fishing, swimming, crafts, horseback riding and more! Nursing staff stays on site 24/7.

Amazon Smile

Another great way to give back without donating directly to an organization is to shop via AmazonSmile. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you’ll need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. It’s a win/win! Shop AmazonSmile and give back to any of the epilepsy organizations listed below.

 

Epilepsy Foundation of America & Affiliates

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)

JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation

Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies

Dravet Syndrome Foundation, Inc.

The Anita Kaufmann Foundation

Danny Did Foundation

What Matters Most

Whether your child goes to summer camp or not, what matters most is that you find summer activities that are safe and best suit your lifestyle. A great way to ensure safety, no matter your location, is to incorporate a personal alerting device such as the SeizureLink System.

Take a step towards improving your child’s safety, and order your SeizureLink System so you can begin your summer adventures!

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