The Epilepsy Foundation’s Camp Programs provide safe, educational, and fun camping experiences for children and teens with epilepsy. With on-site medical staff and counselors trained in seizure first aid, campers and their parents can rest assured they will be safe and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Founded in 1982, Camp Oz is a traditional summer camp that provides a safe and fun camping experience for youth ages 9–17 with epilepsy. Siblings of children with epilepsy are also welcome to attend!
Campers enjoy activities like swimming, horseback riding, team-building exercises, and more. The space includes 24 cabins, two modern bathroom/shower buildings, indoor lodge/dining hall/activity center, and beachfront access.
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:
If your camper does not fit this description, please view our other camp options.
Safety is our priority. Registered nurses are on-site 24 hours a day, as are physicians, psychologists, pharmacists, and a neurologist from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All Camp St. Croix staff and volunteers are trained in seizure recognition and response. Two counselors per cabin of 8–10 youth meet campers’ personal needs and develop a sense of community.
Our last full day of Camp Oz has arrived. It was a bit gloomy and chilly this morning, but I’ll take that weather over Sunday’s humidity any day – and it certainly didn’t stop the campers from getting to their first activities, even the swimmers. The water level has risen about 2-3 feet from the damn break a few days ago, so we moved over to Troy Beach right next door and the cabin groups still got to swim. Our last cabin groups of the day got to participate in the horses, so we sent a group of volunteers to assist with that activity.
Alas, this day finally brought some sunshine for the campers! Waffles were for breakfast today – always a hit with this group. We had a birthday in the house, so we all celebrated that as well.
Day Camp, for youth ages 6–12, is designed to help prepare eligible campers for future attendance at Camp Oz. Campers must meet all requirements listed under the Camp Oz section. Activities include sports, horseback riding, arts and crafts, outdoor adventures, and more. This year we are offering two separate Day Camps to make attendance easier.
There will be a nurse on-site to dispense medication along with EFMN staff, camp staff, and volunteers.
Mara LeRoy is always looking for her next activity. She recently learned about indoor skydiving, which naturally she had to try, and just finished up her eighth year of adapted downhill skiing. She’s eager now for the snow to back off and plans to attend the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota’s (EFMN) Family Camp for the third consecutive year this July.Mara's Story
Family Camp is for youth ages 6–17 with additional medical, developmental, social, or emotional needs that cannot be accommodated at Camp Oz. Activities include arts and crafts, climbing wall, games, team building, and more. Each camper is required to have at least one parent or guardian attend camp with them.
EFMN and camp staff will be on-site. Each parent/guardian is responsible for their child and any medication needs.
Ben Stowell has carried both friendships and memories from camp into his adult life. It helped him become more comfortable with his epilepsy, and as he puts it, "Camp Oz taught me the only job I have is to be myself, and that's the best thing there is."Read Ben's Story
In addition to our camp programming, we offer a Shining Star program specifically for youth to help kids and teens with epilepsy meet and support each other.Learn More