We have created the Seizure Smart Camps program, which will give youth with epilepsy and seizures opportunities for in-person camp programs where camp counselors and staff are trained to recognize and respond to seizures.
Don’t see the summer camp or program that you are signed up for on this list? Contact Erik Williams at email@example.com to try and set up a Seizure Smart Camp training for their staff!
Seizure Smart Camps
At least 75% of camp staff will be trained by the start of summer
Open to families of all ages. Program Staff-led Age Group activity periods in the morning and afternoon are open to 0-18 year olds.
All program staff are lifeguard and waterfront safety trained (First Aid/CPR/AED/Oxygen) and all other camp staff are FA/CPR/AED/Oxygen trained. Northern Lights’ health lead is also a Wilderness First Responder.
During staff led water programs, 2 lifeguards are on duty and each camper is swim tested (shallow or deep) to swim in the lake. At all other times, the waterfront is un-lifeguarded and parents are in charge of safety.
Two weeks of training prior to the start of camp in which staff that require certifications will train and receive as such from an accredited body (high ropes challenge course, lifeguarding and CPR/first aid). Lifeguard and CPR/First aid is done through the Red Cross. In addition, a volunteer nurse, RN or greater, is on site every week, in accordance with ACA
Camp Miller utilizes the Red Cross Water Competency Sequence (1.Step or jump into water over your head, 2.Return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute, 3.Turn around in a full circle and find an exit, 4.Swim 25 yards to the exit, 5.Exit from the water) to determine the swimming abilities of each camper and assign campers to swim areas that are appropriate for their skill level. Swimmers who can successfully complete all sections of the Water Competency Sequence will be allowed to swim without a lifejacket in deep water. Lifeguards are on duty any time activities are in session on the waterfront. Lifejackets are worn by all persons engaged in boating activities, regardless of swimming ability. This includes, but is not limited to paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, pontoons, motorboats, etc.
All counselors are First Aid, CPR and AED trained and a volunteer nurse is on-site 24/7 during overnight camps. A camp-wide medical plan is approved every year by a physician.
The Waterfront Director is in charge of 7-10 fully trained lifeguards. At least 2 lifeguards are on duty during swimming times. Each camper takes a swim test when they first arrive at camp. Red swimmers wear a lifejacket at all times, yellows wear a lifejacket in deeper water and greens have no swimming restrictions. Lifejackets are required for all campers using watercraft. All water safety equipment and watercraft are brand new for the 2022 season.
Minimum of 2 RNs on site in addition to a nursing assistant and an EMT all summer. Approximately 75% of staff are trained in Lifeguarding, CPR, and First Aid. All staff undergo training in Health and Wellness and are directed on our health and safety policies and procedures during staff training.
Lake swimming. Each camper needs to have a buddy while swimming and buddy checks are completed at least every 15 minutes. Lifeguards and staff lookouts are required for any swimming to occur. Swim tests are completed when campers arrive (deep end, middle end or shallow end, life jackets are allowed in certain restricted areas).
Typically has an RN on-site each week, although sometimes they are off-site, but nearby. If they are off-site, then the highest level of trained staff is Wilderness First Responder. The majority of camp staff have Basic First Aid and CPR training.
A dedicated Waterfront Director manages safety at the waterfront. This involves doing a waterfront emergency drill each week of the summer and running in-service trainings for all of the lifeguards throughout the summer. On the first day of each session, each camper takes the swim test in order to determine their swimming level. This indicates if they are allowed to swim, where they can swim, and when they must wear a PFD. During swimming activity, campers are paired with a buddy, and buddy checks occur every 5 minutes.
All staff have a minimum of Basic First Aid and CPR training, but several staff have more in-depth training up to EMT training levels.
No one swims without a lifeguard (who has a minimum of Wilderness Water Safety training). All campers who swim go through a swim test, and all campers and staff go through a waterfront orientation before being allowed in the water. There is 1 lifeguard on duty per every 10 swimmers and an additional lookout for every 20 people on the waterfront. There is no swimming or canoeing after dark.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, 218-353-7414 ext. 110
Serves 6-10 Year Olds (potentially some spots for older kids if there is space)
Two Day a Week Preschool Day Camp open to 3-5 year olds
All staff are First Aid/CPR/AED trained.
Only swim in pools. Counselors are in the water with kids, and lifeguards on the pool deck. Every kid is swim tested (Green for all areas, lifejackets for those who don’t pass). Swimming 3-4 times a week.
Staff are First Aid/CPR and Concussion trained. The program follows State guidelines and undergoes Medicine Administration Training. Parents fill out a Health Form when registering.
Parents indicate swimming ability when registering (Red for depths below armpit, Green for all depths) and kids are wristbanded accordingly when swimming. They only swim in pools with lifeguards and they staff at a higher ratio on swim days to have more adults in and around the pool. Lifejackets are NOT allowed due to pool rules.
During swim times, lifeguards and multiple staff are on the pool deck with at least one staff in the pool at all times. All kids take a swim test in order to determine what depth of the pool they are allowed in.
Each camper is swim tested during their first time in the pool. Red (lifejackets allowed), orange or green levels. Staff are in the water with the campers and lifeguards are on the pool deck. Only swim in pools.
Three separate camps that range from 3-5 years old, 6-11 years old, and 7-14 years old.
Entire staff team is CPR/First Aid/AED Certified through the Red Cross.
Every child has a water waiver filled out that details their swimming abilities. If parents mark that they can swim without life jackets, campers will complete a swim test on the first day of camp. If they pass, they can do most swimming activities without a lifejacket. However, life jackets are always required when we take a field trip to the lake. All kids who do not pass the swim test (regardless of what the parent wrote) or who are marked as non-swimmers, must wear a lifejacket at all times.
Contact: Ali Ott: 701-364-4116; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sailing Classes open to kids as young as 4 if they take the class with a parent.
It is a prerequisite that staff are First Aid and CPR trained by a 3rd party.
All sailors and students are required to wear life jackets when in or near the water. A water comfort test is given at the start of each session so sailors can show they are comfortable in the water while wearing a life jacket.
Lifeguards are on duty when the pool is open. Swim tests are conducted for rental equipment. Children age 7 and under must have an adult in the pool with them at all times within arms reach. Children 8-10 years old may be in the pool independently if they pass a swim test and have a supervising adult watching from the deck. Anyone over 11 years old can be in the pool independently but must stay in the shallow end if they cannot pass a swim test.
Each staff is First Aid/CPR certified. Camp is run at a school location so the school nurse is occasionally present. Medications administered by the camp leads with a medication authorization form from parents.
Anyone can swim. YMCA has lifejackets and in order to swim in the deep end without a lifejacket, campers must pass a swim test. Lifeguards are present and staff is in the pool with swimmers.
Location: Hudson, WI
– ACA Accredited
– Overnight Camp open to those entering 2nd-12th grades
– All camp staff have Basic First Aid and CPR training.
– A dedicated Waterfront Director manages safety and lifeguard rotations at the river waterfront. On the first day of each session, each camper takes the swim test in order to determine their swimming level. This indicates if they are allowed to swim, where they can swim, and when they must wear a PFD. During swimming activity, campers are paired with a buddy, and buddy checks occur every 5 minutes.
– Contact: email@example.com, 715-386-4380
– Website: https://www.ymcanorth.org/camps/camp_st_croix
Additional Camp Options
Camp Leadership or Medical Staff is Seizure Smart Trained
Residential Family camp (all ages) and Residential Youth camp (ages vary by program)
Health staff (nurses and assistants) live on-site 24/7 for both sites. Additionally, CPR/First Aid and Wilderness First Aid training is offered to all staff, but it is mandatory for all lifeguards or staff participating in any off site programming.
Certified lifeguards are on duty for all waterfronts and any participant (villager or staff) who uses the waterfront must first pass a swim test. Lifejackets are provided and required for any watercraft activity.