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.

Camp Oz – June 19-24, 2022


We are excited to have Camp Oz be in-person again this year! We are once again holding Camp Oz at YMCA Camp St. Croix in Hudson, Wisconsin.

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.

Camp Oz is intended for youth with epilepsy, and siblings, ages 9-17 who have a high level of independence. Traditionally, campers enjoy activities like swimming, horseback riding, team-building exercises, and more. Space includes 15 cabins, two modern bathroom/shower buildings, an indoor lodge/dining hall/activity center, and beachfront access.

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Age Requirement:

  • 9-17 years old

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: 

  • Stay overnight at Camp Oz for the week
  • Understand and follow directions
  • Stay involved in camp activities (up to 2 hours)
  • Interact in a respectful way with other campers and staff
  • Move among different camp areas and activities with limited supervision
  • Participate in outdoor activities within a hilly/wooded setting
  • Capable of performing activities of daily living (e.g., showering, eating, etc.)

Cost:

  • $300/camper
  • Financial assistance is available. Please indicate during the registration process.

Safety and Medical Support:

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.

COVID policies of YMCA Camps of the North:

Per YMCA Camps of the North policies, EVERY camper is required to have a negative COVID test result within 3 days (or 72 hours) of arrival at camp.  Campers without proof of negative test, will not be allowed beyond the camp check-in area.  PCR tests are preferred, but if a Rapid Antigen test is taken at home, camper parents will be required to sign off on a form stating their child took the test as of the date of the test.  A picture of the negative result is required.  

Current masking guidelines during the camp week are that masks are worn in all indoor areas, except for cabins, and while eating.  This guideline is subject to change based on confirmed COVID numbers, etc.  Any update to the masking guideline will be communicated in the week prior to camp.  

Day Camp – July 2022


EFMN will host TWO Day Camp options in 2022:

  • July 9, 2022, YMCA Camp Christmas Tree in Mound, MN
  • July 16, 2022, True Friends Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN

Day Camps are for youth ages 8-12 and are intended to help prepare eligible campers for future attendance at Camp Oz. Activities include sports, team building, arts and crafts, and outdoor adventures. Day Camp will have an RN/nurse present to dispense medications and ensure safety.

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Age Requirement:

  • 8-12 years old

Day Camp Requirements:

Day Camp 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: 

  • Understand and follow directions
  • Stay involved in camp activities (up to 2 hours)
  • Interact in a respectful way with other campers and staff
  • Move among different camp areas and activities with limited supervision
  • Participate in outdoor activities within a hilly/wooded setting
  • Capable of performing activities of daily living (e.g., washing hands, eating, etc.).

Cost:

  • $60/camper
  • Financial Assitance is available. Please indicate during the registration process.

Family Camp – August 6, 2022


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 must be present for the session however the whole family is welcome.

Family Camp will be in person at YMCA Camp Christmas Tree in Mound, MN.

Age Requirement:

  • 5 years and older

Cost:

  • $50/family
  • Financial Assitance is available. Please indicate during the registration process.
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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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.

Learn More

This program is funded in part by:

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