Seizure Smart Camps

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 ewilliams@efmn.org 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

YMCA Camp Northern Lights – Overnight Family Camp – Babbitt, MN

Location: Babbitt, Minnesota

  • 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.
  • Contact: isaac.patterson@ymcamn.org, 651-747-0951
  • Website: https://www.ymcanorth.org/camps/camp_northern_lights
YMCA Camp Miller – Overnight and Day Camps – Sturgeon Lake, MN

Location: Sturgeon Lake, MN

  • ACA Accredited
  • Serves children ages 6-17 years old.
  • 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.
  • Contact: campmiller@duluthymca.org, Phone: 218 722 4745
  • Website: https://www.duluthymca.org/camp/camp-miller
YMCA Camp Pepin – Overnight and Day Camps – Stockholm, WI

Location: Stockholm, WI

  • ACA Accredited
  • Day Camp open to 4-12 year olds
  • Overnight Camp open to 8-18 year olds
  • 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.
  • Contact: camp@redwingymca.org, 651-800-9316
  • Website: https://www.redwingymca.org/camppepin
YMCA Camp Olson – Overnight and Day Camps – Longville, MN

Location: Longville, MN

  • ACA Accredited
  • Overnight Camp open to 8-17 year olds
  • Day Camp open to 5-17 year olds
  • 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).
  • Contact: info@campolson.org
  • Website: https://campolson.org/
YMCA Camp Ihduhapi – Overnight and Day Camps – Loretto, MN

Location: Loretto, MN

  • ACA Accredited
  • Overnight Camp open to 7-17 year olds
  • Day Camp open to 4-14 year olds
  • 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.
  • Contact: Katie.OToole@ymcamn.org, 763-230-6529
  • Website: campihduhapi.org
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center – Sandstone, MN

Location: Sandstone, MN

  • Overnight Camp open to 7th-9th graders
  • Day Camps open to kindergarten-8th graders
  • All staff are first aid, CPR, AED and Mental Health First Aid trained.
  • Life jackets are provided for anyone lake swimming in the designated swim area within the dock boundaries. No lifeguards on duty. If taking kids on the water, life jackets are required.
  • Contact: meyer@ospreywilds.org, 320-245-2648 x 110
  • Website: https://ospreywilds.org/educational-programs/summer-camps/
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center – Finland, MN
  • Overnight Camps open to 4th-12th graders
  • Day Camp open to K-2nd graders
  • Family Camp open to families of all ages
  • 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: krysty.fulton@wolf-ridge.org or rachel.giemza@wolf-ridge.org, 218-353-7414 ext. 110
  • Website: https://wolf-ridge.org/programs/youth-experiences/summer-camps/
Big Lake Summer Kids Club/Hive Time Summer Program – Big Lake, MN
  • Hive Time open to 3-5 Year Olds
  • Summer Kids Club open to 5-12 year olds
  • All staff are CPR/FA/AED trained. Most staff are district paras so they have additional training in providing one-on-one services, medicine administration and working with various development delays.
  • Will NOT be swimming this summer. In a typical summer, parents select their child’s swim ability while registering (Shallow end or deep end).
  • Contact: t.fowler@biglakeschools.org, 763-262-7169
  • Website: https://biglake.ce.eleyo.com/
YMCA Worthington Adventure Day Camp – Worthington, MN
  • 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.
  • Contact: Jordan.Balster@YMCAWorthington.org, 507-376-6197
  • Website: https://ymcaworthington.org/programs/day-camp
Monticello Magic Adventures Summer Program – Monticello, MN
  • Open to Preschool-5th Grade
  • 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.
  • Website: https://www.monticello.k12.mn.us/Page/978
Fergus Falls YMCA Summer Day Camp – Fergus Falls, MN
  • Serves 5-12 year olds (K-6th Grade)
  • All staff are AED, CPR and First Aid trained.
  • 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.
  • Contact: nwashek@fergusfallsymca.org, 218-739-4489
  • Website: https://fergusfallsymca.org/summer-day-camp
YMCA Summer Adventure Camp – St. Cloud, MN
  • Day Camp, St. Cloud Area Family YMCA
  • Serves 5-13 Year Olds
  • Each staff is First Aid/CPR certified
  • 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.
  • Contact: jenna.kingsley@scymca.org
  • Website: https://scymca.org/summer-day-camp/
Camp Wannago – Day Camp – Itasca County Family YMCA, Grand Rapids, MN
  • Serves campers ages 5-12 years old
  • Each staff is First Aid/CPR and AED certified.
  • There is 1 staff per 10 kids in the water, with an additional lifeguard on duty. All swimmers must pass a deep end swim test in order to use the deepest part of the pool.
  • Contact: lcrummey@ymcaitasca.org, 218-327-8803
  • Website: https://ymcaitasca.org/camp-wannago
YMCA of Cass and Clay County Day Camps – Fargo, ND
  • 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; programs@ymcacassclay.org
  • Website: https://www.ymcacassclay.org/youth-camps
Albert Lea Family YMCA Summer Day Camp – Albert Lea, MN
  • Serves 5-12 year olds (entering Kindergarten – finished 5th grade)
  • All staff are required to be CPR certified.
  • Only swims in pools and a lifeguard always needs to be on duty to be able to swim. Additional program staff sit on the pool deck observing.
  • Contact: whitneys@ymcaal.org
  • Website: https://ymcaal.org/child-care/
Minneapolis Sailing Center Day Camps and Classes – Minneapolis, MN
  • Summer Day Camps open to 7-17 year olds
  • 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.
  • Contact: Info@sailmpls.org, 612-470-7245
  • Website
Winona Family YMCA Summer Program – Winona, MN

Location: Winona, MN

  • Open to youth Kindergarten-6th Grade
  • All staff are CPR certified.
  • 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.
  • Contact: Brandy Walentiny, bwalentiny@winonaymca.org, 507-454-1520 ext 104
  • Website


YMCA Camp St. Croix – Overnight Camps – Hudson, WI

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: info@campstcroix.org, 715-386-4380
  • Website
Camp Lebanon – Overnight Camp – Burtrum, MN

Location: Burtrum, MN

  • ACA Accredited
  • Open to first grade thru high school graduates
  • All staff are First Aid and CPR certified with 3-5 nurses on site each week in support for the summer.
  • Campers take a swim test on arrival that is pass/fail for swimming in the deep end of the lake. There is a buddy check system every 10 minutes with 7-10 lifeguards available to be on duty.
  • Contact: info@camplebanon.org, Phone: 320-403-9555
  • Website
Steve & Kate’s Camp – Summer Program – Minneapolis, MN

Location: Minneapolis, MN

  • Serves children ages 4-12 years old.
  • All staff are First Aid and CPR certified.
  • Only zero depth water activities, like slip n’ slides and sprinklers, take place with no swimming field trips involved.
  • Contact: minneapolis@steveandkate.com, Phone: 612-517-2109
  • Website
Concordia Language Village Camps – Bemidji and Cass Lake, MN

Location: Bemidji and Cass Lake, MN

  • Overnight Camp
  • ACA Accredited
  • 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.
  • Contact: CLV@cord.edu
  • Website

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