Overnight and Day Camps
The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado is dedicated to providing the safest and most enjoyable camp experience for youth living with epilepsy. To ensure this, our camp team is comprised of experienced and mature camp counselors and licensed medical staff. If you would like to be a part of this amazing camp team as a Counselor, Medical Staff or Jr. Counselor, do not hesitate to contact Marcee Peterson at 303.377.9774 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be Doug’s 8th year as the Lead Counselor for the Jason Fleishman Summer Camp. He has a Masters of Education in school and community counseling from Colorado State University, and is a middle school counselor at Walt Clark Middle School in Loveland. Doug coaches middle school cross country and high school track and field. He loves adventure and spending time with close family and friends. He has a beautiful wife, who is also a camp counselor, and a perfect one year old baby boy. This camp changes lives in such amazing ways, and he is honored to be a part of it year after year.
Brian is returning to the camp for his 4th year. He is an alum of
Lauren has been volunteering at the Jason Fleishman Summer Camp since she was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009. She is a student at the University of Colorado Denver and is studying psychology in hopes of getting her Masters Degree in occupational therapy. She coaches a girl's softball team in the summer and also enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and watching the Denver Broncos. Lauren feels that this camp has been “truly one of the greatest experiences in her life" and brings this passion to the camp each year.
Bill has lead numerous Outdoor Education trips to the Rocky Mountains in his 30 years working as a teacher, coach and administrator but found an atmosphere of unique FELLOWSHIP and ACCEPTANCE as a first year counselor. Bill is an Eagle Scout, rugby player and holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from Denver University. He loved to see the friendships, willingness and openness that developed between all campers.
My name is Brittany and I have been a junior counselor at the Jason Fleishman Summer Camp for three years, it will be four years this summer. Something that is very memorable and keeps me coming back every year, is sitting around the camp fire learning about each other. When I first came to camp, I was a camper and I was very quiet. I met many friends sitting around the camp fire, they learned about the types of seizures I had while I learned about theirs. Also we learned about each other’s hobbies and interest. As camp time comes around, I can’t wait for us to sit around the camp fire, so we can learn about epilepsy, about each other, and that we don’t have to be afraid to be ourselves. These moments have helped me become more open and just let everyone know I have epilepsy and I am proud of it. Sitting around those camp fires you learn something new each time, so you can bring something new back and share with your friends. I always share my knowledge with anyone I come across. Just so the word about epilepsy can spread just a little bit further and I have to thank the Jason Fleishman Summer Camp.
Jayna is returning for her 2nd year as a camp counselor. She has been a teacher and athletic coach for the past 16 years, both in Texas and Colorado. She has most of her teaching experience in middle school, currently teaching Consumer and Family Studies and health. She enjoys all outdoor activities including fishing, camping, hiking and running. She has three incredible children, the youngest of whom has seizures controlled by medication. Her first camp experience was a wonderful and rewarding one, and she hopes to return for many years to come. Besides camp this summer, she is also coaching a competitive club basketball team for Rocky Mountain Fever. She is very excited to be a part of something so special as Jason Fleishman Camp and cannot wait to let the fun begin!
Meg has volunteered at the Jason Fleishman camp for the past two years and she is excited to be a counselor this year. She is studying Culinary Nutrition at Johnson and Wales University is Denver and loves spending time in the mountains. She has many years of experience coaching and mentoring kids in camp settings and can’t wait for another year of camp!
The first time my mom mentioned camp I was reluctant and hesitant to commit to camp. At that point, I was still adjusting to my life with epilepsy and struggling to accept the fact that I was having a seizure every month. My epilepsy had evolved from absence to tonic clonic seizures within the first couple months of being diagnosed. My family and I were struggling to adjust to my life with epilepsy and all the new precautions I had to think about on a daily basis. Specifically, I struggled tremendously with the loss of my independence. I would talk to my friends about the way I felt when I was held back from doing something but it was hard for them to relate. Once I finally agreed to go to camp I met kids that could relate to what I was going through. As kids with epilepsy, we all had the same fears, concerns, and funny stories to tell. At camp it's the best feeling to talk to someone that can genuinely understand what you are going through. I have met great people at camp and they have remained my friends outside of summer camp.After I left camp my first year I felt like I had a handle on my epilepsy. I felt more in control of my epilepsy and I didn't feel as if epilepsy would rule my life. Camp is the best experience there is for a kid with epilepsy, it's a time to grow independence and try new things without being held back. I would recommend camp for anyone because it truly is a powerful experience. Camp changed my perspective and I don't believe I'd be as confident and open about my epilepsy if I didn't go to camp. Camp also gave me the opportunity to be exposed to the youth council which has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. This will be my first year as a Jr. Counselor and I can’t wait to return to camp again!
My name is Tim Wompey. I have been teaching elementary aged students for 7 years in Jefferson County Schools. I'm blessed to be working with 5th graders. This will be my first time being a summer camp counselor at Jason Fleishman Summer Camp, however I have served as a counselor for several other junior and high school age camps. My wife and I have two wonderful children and one loveable puppy. Epilepsy has been close to my heart for many years. As a teacher I love to see kids learning while in action. Sometimes the best part of us shows when we are in nature. I can't wait for camp!!!
Justin is an elementary school special education teacher who has been living with epilepsy since 1999. He has been a counselor at the Jason Fleishman Summer Camp for five years. He loves returning to camp each year to see all of the old friends he has made and to meet new campers. The kids see him as a positive role model who has epilepsy but who does not let it run his life. In addition to being a camp counselor, he is also an Epilepsy Advocate, which gives him the opportunity to speak to others about his experiences living with epilepsy.
Jean graduated from CU with a Masters of Science/Physician’s Assistant Degree. She spent 6 months in family medicine before joining Children’s Hospital Colorado Neurology department in 2008. She worked on the outpatient and inpatient Neurology teams before transitioning in January 2012 to the Neurosurgery department at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Prior to becoming a PA, she had 7 years of experience as a physical therapist working with brain injured adults and teens. Jean brings a wealth of medical experience to the camp as well as a passion for working with youth living with epilepsy. This will be her 4th year working at the camp and her 2nd year as "Lead Medical Staff".
This will be Becky’s 7th Epilepsy Camp. The reason she started volunteering for the camp was due to her history of having epilepsy and having a slightly better understanding of what these kids go through in daily life. She has been a nurse for 13 years and works on the surgical floor, ortho floor and the spine unit at Porter Hospital. She received her first Bachelors of Science Degree from Metro State and then her second Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from Colorado University. She thoroughly enjoys seeing the kids each year and watching them grow up. She wants all the kids to know that you can have epilepsy and function in the world like everyone else. She wants all of them to have the feeling that nothing can stop them. Hopefully camp gives them that added push that they need!
Ellen graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, and has been a nurse at Children’s Hospital of Colorado for about 4 years. She has had the wonderful opportunity to work with children diagnosed with epilepsy for all 4 of those years. This will be Ellen’s first year as a nurse at Jason Fleishman Summer Camp, and she is excited for the opportunity to work with children with epilepsy outside of the “hospital” setting. Outside of work, Ellen likes to ski, hike, bike, rock climb, go to yoga, and whatever else the amazing state of Colorado has to offer! This love for the outdoors, and also going to summer camp growing up as a child, has drawn Ellen to the epilepsy camp. “I cannot wait to have fun with the campers, and also for the chance to provide nursing support to this amazing bunch”.
Chelsey is a graduate from the Child Health Associate Physician Assistant Master’s Program and works on the epilepsy team at The Children’s Hospital of Denver. She has been a long time advocate for children and a recent pediatric epilepsy advocate as well. She has two undergraduate degrees in Physiology and Spanish. This is Chelsey’s second year as a nurse at the Jason Fleishman Summer Camp. Prior to this, she spent two summer camp sessions at Camp Wapiyapi. She has also recently become involved in several fundraising and patient education advocacy events for families and patients who are impacted by epilepsy. She enjoys the outdoors and is an enthusiast for safe fun and goofy games!
I have been a registered nurse for 5 years working with medical surgical patients. I have worked at Porter hospital for 6 years. I am married and have 3 teenage boys. Coworker, Becky, asked me if I'd be interested in working at the epilepsy summer camp. She thought I would be a good fit, having 3 teenagers at home. After several months thinking about it, I said "Sure, why not. It could be fun". It turned out to be one of the highlights of my summer! I became somewhat attached to the kids and enjoyed learning about their epilepsy. The staff was very friendly and supportive and I am looking forward to this year!