2016 marks our 34th year of providing a safe, educational and fun camping experience for youth with seizures at YMCA’s Camp St. Croix, an American Camping Association-accredited camp near Hudson, WI.
Camp Oz, for boys and girls ages 9-17, combines a traditional camp experience with the security of 24/7 medical staff (siblings who don’t have epilepsy are also welcome to attend Camp Oz).
Campers can enjoy activities like swimming and horseback riding in a beautiful setting: 24 cabins, two modern bathroom/shower buildings, indoor lodge/dining hall/activity center, beachfront access and more.
Safety is our priority. Registered nurses are on-site 24 hours/day, as well as physicians, psychologists, a neurologist and pharmacists. ALL Camp St. Croix staff are trained in seizure recognition & response. Two counselors per cabin of 8-10 youth meet campers' personal needs and develop a sense of community.
A special outdoor program encourages campers to participate in a variety of activities:
Camp Oz Requirements
Camp Oz requires campers to function independently, with a positive attitude, within a structured group setting. For the safety of all participants, campers must be able to do the following:
The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) provides an affordable camping experience for kids affected by epilepsy, by subsidizing camper costs with sponsorships and fundraising. If you'd like to sponsor a camper, please call 651.287.2319.
BRAND NEW Day Camp!
Announcing EFMN’s first-ever day camp designed for youth with seizures who are more severely impacted and may need additional assistance! Specialized medical care (nurse on-site), handicap access and one-on-one buddies make this day accessible for kids who don’t meet Camp Oz requirements.
Youth [ages 9-17] can join us for a day at beautiful Camp Butwin in Eagan. Each camper receives individual attention while enjoying summer activities like arts & crafts, sports, rock climbing, low ropes/team-building and horseback riding.
Cost is $50/camper (includes snack and lunch). Financial assistance is available. Apply today!