Camp Registration for the summer of 2020 is live!

"My daughter has attended Epilepsy camp for the last 4 years. I cannot say enough good things about the camp, the staff and campers.  It is truly a place where kids with epilepsy can have the freedom to try new and challenging tasks in a safe and fun environment. She has the opportunity to feel like a normal kid and not stand out as the kid who needs extra help because of her seizures.  And more importantly, it is a place where she can build confidence and friendships with other kids who have the same conditions. We love camp!"

Have you ever wanted to go to summer camp? Go rock climbing, ride horses, go fishing, eat marshmallows by the camp fire? What if you could do all that, with a bunch of friends who know EXACTLY what it’s like to live with epilepsy? If that sounds pretty awesome, you’re going to LOVE Rock N Rally and Jason’s Camp! These camps are super fun, a chance to meet awesome new friends and try cool new activities, and staffed with doctors and nurses to keep everyone safe. Keep reading to learn more!

Jason Fleishman Summer Camp

June 27 – July 1, 2020

YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park

For teens with epilepsy ages 13-17.

The Jason Fleishman Summer Camp is located at the YMCA of the Rockies in beautiful Estes Park, CO. This 5-day overnight camp allows teens with seizures to focus on what they CAN do through the support and encouragement of caring peers and camp staff. The campers build confidence and knowledge about epilepsy while having fun and making new friends. Camp activities include the zip line, rock climbing, horseback riding, arts and crafts and more. To ensure the safety of the campers, we have a team of licensed medical staff onsite at all times along with experienced counselors. The cost is $550 and scholarships are available. Contact Marcee Aude at marcee@epilepsycolorado.org.

Disclaimer: The camp application will take at least 30-60 minutes to complete. We will ask for detailed and accurate medical information about your child – be prepared with medication, seizure, doctor, and insurance information. Supplemental Forms are available on the camp registration site.

 

Registration now open!

Need a partial or full scholarship? Click here:

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/EpilepsyFoundationofColorado?season=2791716&session=46098616 

Plan to pay in full? (You will be charged $550 at the end of your application) Click here: 

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/EpilepsyFoundationofColorado?season=2791716&session=46098516 

"After Nizhoni’s first Jason Fleishman’s camp, it’s the one thing she looks forward to each summer. Dropping her off at camp was our first time being more than a room away from her since her first seizure. When we picked her up, she was happy to see us. Soon we realized her happiness was more than us, it was her camp experience. On our way home, she talked nonstop about camp. Our drive home isn’t a short distance, in fact, we travel 8 hours from New Mexico. Her camp experience helped her gain confidence and awareness of her Epilepsy but also, she was able to do activities such as ziplining or horseback riding. Since then she’s presented to her middle school staff and peers about Epilepsy and plans on doing the same for the high school. We’re thankful and appreciative for Jason Fleishman’s camp."

ROCK N RALLY

July 24-26, 2020

Cal-Wood Education Center, Jamestown

For kids with epilepsy ages 8-12.

Rock n’ Rally is located at the Cal-Wood Education Center in Jamestown, CO. This overnight weekend camp provides an opportunity for children whose lives are impacted by epilepsy to build confidence, make new friends, have fun in the great outdoors and learn more about epilepsy. To ensure the safety of the campers, we have a team of licensed medical staff onsite at all times along with experienced counselors. The cost is $250 and scholarships are available. Contact Wendy Kogel at caremanager@epilepsycolorado.org.

Disclaimer: The camp application will take at least 30-60 minutes to complete. We will ask for detailed and accurate medical information about your child – be prepared with medication, seizure, doctor, and insurance information. Supplemental Forms are available on the camp registration site.

Registration now open!

Need a partial or full scholarship? Click here:

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/EpilepsyFoundationofColorado?season=2791716&session=46098616 

 

Plan to pay in full? (You will be charged $250 at the end of your application) Click here:

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/EpilepsyFoundationofColorado?season=2791716&session=46098416 

"Thank you EFCO for the camps you provide. My son was diagnosed with Epilepsy at a young age and it was hard for his family to fully understand what he thinks, what he feels and what he really needs to support him with his seizures.  The camps provide such an emotional and a physical support that sometimes a family just can't fill with their kids.  He has developed amazing friendships. Some friendships have grown outside of camp and some are kids he enjoys reconnecting with each year at camp.  He looks forward to camp each year. The rock wall and climbing wall are just a few activities he looks forward to tackling.   The camp counselors either have Epilepsy themselves or have a direct connection with Epilepsy and build forever connections with these kids. We love the camps and would be lost without them."

Still not sure if camp is for your kiddo? Check out these testimonials from parents and campers:

"Like many of you, I am the parent of a child affected by epilepsy. My son, Clay, suffered a pediatric stroke two months after his fifth birthday. After the stroke he began to have regular seizures that became increasingly difficult to control. There are so many things that are lost when you have a child that has a serious medical condition. Clay didn't have many sleepovers, he had a harder time making friends. He felt "different" and isolated. When we learned about Jason's Camp we were all excited and nervous all at the same time. When the day to go to camp finally arrived, on the outside I was smiles and sunshine, but on the inside I was terrified to leave him. Clay was greeted by his counselor with smiles and high fives. He was smiling and proud of his new-found independence and waved excitedly as we drove away, I smiled and waved back, but as soon as we were out of the parking lot I cried.  When we returned to pick him up a few days later he was different. He was more confident and had made lasting connections with his camp friends. Jason's Camp is a way for kids like mine - and yours - to feel just like any other kid going to camp and that is an amazing thing. "
" I don’t have words to adequately convey how Epilepsy Camp changed our lives. Our youngest son was diagnosed with epilepsy 2 years ago after a series of unexplainable events that found him wandering halls at school and unable to remember significant events throughout his day. My son and I were approached by his school counselor as we registered at a new school, in a new city. He said he learned of Kieran’s diagnosis when he got the registration paperwork. He immediately asked if Kieran had ever been to camp. We’d only just begun learning about the different types of epilepsy and how to recognize the signs, and we had just moved from a very small town in northeastern Colorado. We knew next to nothing. That initial encounter led our family to one of the best, and most rewarding, experiences of our lives. Kieran quickly learned that no one judged him, or made fun of him for his seizures or his shyness. He was able to be around other kids that were just like him and we were able to watch him blossom. He has grown leaps and bounds over the last months and has come out of his shell. He no longer makes fun of himself or says that he’s unintelligent because he can’t remember everything and doesn’t learn the way other kids at school do. He is a new kid because of our involvement with camp. My husband and I are also registered nurses and we were asked if we might be interested in being medical support for camp. We quickly agreed and signed on without hesitation. We learned so much in that short time and knew that our lives were forever changed. We also knew that camp was going to be a part of our lives for a long time to come. These kids, and their parents, and the staff are unapologetically genuine and loving. We are all beyond grateful for epilepsy camp and the opportunity to touch lives and, in turn, be touched by these amazing individuals. Thanks for a wonderful experience. "
" Colorado Epilepsy Foundation camps have been incredible for both our camper and our whole family. Camp is a place that kids can go have fun and be just kids, doing all of the exciting summer camp activities that they want, while interacting with other kids their age who understand the unique aspects of life with epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation camps have encouraged her to try new things and helped her grow in every aspect of her life. It’s also a place that families can feel confident in sending their children, knowing that the counselors and nurses know exactly how to handle a seizure and keep them safe. Camp has increased Genevieve’s self-confidence and her ability to advocate for herself, and her desire to help others around her has blossomed! We’re so grateful to everyone who helps make these camps a reality because they’re the best part of her summer. "
"I should start packing for Jason's camp. How is the weather going to be?"  Vienne, February 13th.