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How We Can Help

How We Can Help...

...When your child wants to go to camp

Children with epilepsy should be allowed to have the same fun camp experiences that all other children get to have.

If your child has seizures, chances are that safety is your primary concern when it comes to sending your child to camp. Many camps have activities like swimming, boating, and climbing, all of which can be particularly dangerous for youth with epilepsy. That does not mean your child has to miss out on these experiences. You just have to make sure there are plans in place to keep your child safe, and the best way to go about that is to start with a discussion with the camp director. Here are some things you may want to discuss:

  • Do the camp counselors know how to recognize and respond to seizures? We can provide free seizure recognition and first aid training to camp staff upon request.
  • What medical staff does the camp employ? Most camps have medical staff available for medication administration, but some do not and rely on the camper or their counselor to manage medications. Make sure you know who will be administering your child’s medication and the camp’s procedure in the event of a medical emergency.
  • How close by are the staff when children are swimming? You may want to consider asking a counselor or other staff person to be in the water when your child is swimming. At the very least, the lifeguard on duty should know when a child who is swimming has a history of seizures so they can keep an extra eye on that person.
  • Should the other campers be taught about epilepsy? If your child has frequent seizures that will be obvious and possibly scary to the other campers, we can visit your child’s camp for free to teach the campers about epilepsy and seizures.

If you want your child to go to a camp where they have a chance to meet other children with epilepsy, we have two different programs, one of which might be the perfect fit for your child:

  • Camp Frog is a weeklong summer camp, offered twice per summer. This program is open to youth with epilepsy/seizure disorders from ages 8-17 who have completed 3rd grade but not yet graduated high school. Learn more about Camp Frog.
  • Camp Firefly is a weekend camp for youth ages 11-18 with epilepsy/seizure disorder and an intellectual disability or additional behavioral needs. These campers may need one-on-one support. Learn more about Camp Firefly.

If you are searching for additional camp programs, is an excellent resource. Here, you are able to enter various filters including age, day or overnight camp, and location. From there, you can visit camp websites directly or you can view contact information to speak with camp staff.

Many camps will provide you with a packing list that tells you exactly what your child will need to bring with them. However, there are things that you’ll want to make sure that they pack, such as sunscreen, bug spray (without DEET) or bug bands, all medications (including rescue medications and any over-the-counter meds that they might need), and any additional necessities, like a VNS magnet.