Camp Frog

Remember going to camp? The camaraderie among kids in your cabin. The sense of pride and self-esteem in completing challenges you never thought you’d undertake, let alone finish. Kids with epilepsy/seizure disorder make those memories every summer at Camp Frog!

Children with epilepsy — like all children — need to experience and enjoy outdoor recreation. The EAWCP sponsors two weeklong, overnight summer camping programs called Camp Frog. This nationally recognized activity allows kids with epilepsy/seizure disorders to be integrated into a typical camping experience with hundreds of other children. The overnight program is available to boys and girls with epilepsy/seizure disorders from ages 8–17 who have completed 3rd grade but not yet graduated high school. Campers enjoy a host of activities, such as arts and crafts, campfire sing-alongs, swimming, team games, sailing, archery, and horseback riding.

Camp staffs include EAWCP counselors, with additional support from medical staff. All camp staff members receive specialized training in seizure recognition and first aid. Medical staff includes a licensed pediatric neurologist and a registered nurse practitioner. Scholarships and financial assistance are available to eligible campers.

“We’re really fortunate to have the support of pediatric neurologists and nurses for each week of camp,” said the EAWCP Children and Family Services Coordinator and contact person for Camp Frog. “These medical professionals attend camp along with the EAWCP so we never have to worry about medical supervision for the children. And, the kids don’t have to worry about being sent home if they have a seizure at camp. The physician is right there to provide whatever treatment might be necessary.”

Camp Frog is a nationally recognized program for children who have epilepsy or a seizure disorder. In addition to having medical supervision around the clock for the entire week of camp at both Camp Frog locations, the EAWCP provides additional counselors for each of the camper groups that include children who experience seizures. These counselors, along with the entire camp staff, receive special seizure recognition and first aid training to ensure the safety of all campers.

Activities available at camp include archery, horse back riding, a four-story climbing tower, sand volleyball, basketball, soccer, hiking, fishing, camp fires, late night talks with friends, and much, much more. So kids, pack your camping gear and join us at Camp Frog! We promise a great week of new friendships, games and fun. Don’t take our word for it. Click here to see what parents are saying about Camp Frog.

For more information, contact the Children & Family Services Coordinator at 1-800-361-5885 or pdevlin@eawcp.org.

Camp Frog 2008
Camp Firefly

While Camp Frog works hard to ensure that campers with seizures are not excluded from camp activities, the health and safety of our campers is our number one priority. Campers that attend Camp Frog must have the skills to function independently within an inclusionary setting at all times. Campers must possess the ability to participate and function within both small and large groups without one-on-one assistance or supervision. Independent self-care skills are required; this is including but not limited to independent toileting, bathing, communication, and feeding skills.

If your camper does not possess these independent skills, do not fear! The EAWCP has worked hard to further expand our camping programs to make sure that all children and teens with epilepsy have the opportunity to enjoy a camping experience.

Camp Firefly is a weekend camp retreat designed for children and teens (ages 11-18) with epilepsy/seizure disorder and an intellectual disability who may need one-on-one support. Held at The Woodands in Wexford, PA, this program is designed provide youth with the opportunity to enhance social skills and independence. Medical staff is available throughout the entire weekend to administer medication and seizure-related medical care as necessary. Spring and Fall Sessions of Camp Firefly are available with limited spaces available each session. Contact the Children and Family Services Coordinator for more information about Camp Firefly!

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