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:
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:
If you are searching for additional camp programs, https://www.kidscamps.com 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.