Camp Programs

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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.

To make sure a camp experience is accessible for youth of all abilities, we offer Camp Oz and Family Camp that are designed to accommodate youth with different needs.

2021 Camp Programs

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Jun

Virtual Camp Oz

Camp Oz is back this summer with a new look! With safety in mind, we’re hosting a virtual at-home Camp Oz this summer from June 21-25!

19

Jul

Family Camp

Family Camp is back this summer with a new look! With safety in mind, we’re hosting a virtual at-home Family Camp this summer from July 19-23.

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Camp Oz – June 21-25, 2021


Founded in 1982, Camp Oz is a traditional summer camp that provides a safe and fun camping experience for youth ages 8–17 with epilepsy.

With safety in mind, we’re hosting a virtual at-home Camp Oz this summer that spans five days like in years past. Camp Oz is intended for youth with epilepsy, and siblings, ages 8-17 who have a high level of independence – in order to participate in 30-60 minute virtual activities, move from session to session and follow the directions virtually.  

Expected Schedule:

  • Half-day sessions with multiple activities; Monday-Friday

Age Requirement:

  • 8-17 years old

Technology Requirements:

In order to ensure we can provide the best experience possible, we these technology requirements are important. Please make sure you have the following:

  • A device that enables you to communicate with others – through a computer, tablet, or phone. A camera is preferred so that you connect with other campers, but it is not required.
  • Pair of headphones and a quiet space in your home. This is to ensure less distraction from Camp Oz, and to provide you with the best experience!

Family Camp – July 19-23, 2021


Family Camp is intended for youth with epilepsy ages 5+ who have additional healthcare needs, e.g. medical, emotional, developmental, social, etc. At least one adult/caregiver needs to be present for the session however the whole family is welcome.

With safety in mind, we’re hosting a virtual at-home Family Camp in 2021.

Expected Schedule:

  • 90-minute sessions per day

Age Requirement:

  • 5 years and older

Technology Requirements:

In order to ensure we can provide the best experience possible, we these technology requirements are important. Please make sure you have the following:

  • A device that enables you to communicate with others – through a computer, tablet, or phone. A camera is preferred so that you connect with other campers, but it is not required.
  • Pair of headphones and a quiet space in your home. This is to ensure less distraction from Family Camp, and to provide you with the best experience!

Thriving with Epilepsy

Meet Camper Mara

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
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Several children on a bridge lean over a lily-pad pond with nets
An adult and a child, both wearing helmets, work on a ropes course at camp.
Thriving with Epilepsy

Meet Camper Ben

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
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More programs for youth with epilepsy

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.

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This program is funded in part by:

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