The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern PA believes no child should feel alone, ostracized or unsafe because of their epilepsy. We strive to alleviate the stresses and fears that many children with epilepsy suffer from by providing them access to all of the life experiences they deserve. Camp Achieve is key to accomplishing this goal. From its humble beginnings 18 years ago, Camp Achieve has become a uniquely designed program tailored to the special needs of youths with epilepsy.
The application period for Camp Achieve 2016 will open April 1st, 2016. Each application is reviewed by the medical review committee to determine eligibility. Please allow 6-8 weeks for review.
Camp Achieve 2015 was a huge success! A great way to learn more about Camp Achieve is by checking out our 2015 Camp Report.Campers enjoy all of the fun and community building that a summer camp offers because of our trained medical staff and counselors who provide a safe environment in which to grow. Combined with epilepsy education activities, Camp Achieve is a unique place both to learn new skills and make lasting memories.
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We just returned from camp pick up and our daughter had an amazing time! I could tell by the way she barely took a breath on the ride home, she was so excited to tell us all about the week. This was her first time at an away camp and we didn’t know what to expect. The most meaningful comment she made was that everyone was so nice to one another. We’re thrilled that she cannot wait to come back next year. A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who took part in camp from the planning stage to the closing of the doors until next time. This experience means so much to our family and to many others.
Who can apply?
Applications are open for any child aged 8 to 17 with a primary diagnosis of epilepsy. Campers are expected to be able to perform all activities of daily living independently. This includes tasks like eating, bathing, dressing and basic hygiene. All applications are submitted to a medical committee to review a camper’s eligibility.
Are there medical requirements to consider?
Eligible campers have a primary diagnosis of epilepsy and see a neurologist for regular appointments. Campers are able to participate in physical activities like walking, sports, and crafts. Campers are able to socialize and participate in group activities effectively. All camper applications and medical forms are reviewed by a Medical Committee to determine eligibility.
Is there an application fee?
There is no application fee but, if accepted, there is a registration fee of $350. Full and partial scholarships are available for eligible applicants through the EFEPA.
What does the registration fee cover?
The fee covers 6 days of activities (Sunday afternoon to Friday morning), room & board and the safeguard of 24/7 medical care by licensed professionals.
For a complete overview of the rules and expectations at Camp Achieve, please review our Camper Information Packet.
Counselors must be over 18 and demonstrate a strong desire to work directly with exceptional young people. Counselors not only supervise campers but are also encouraged to participate in our daily activities. Experience is preferred but not required.
Our counselors are incredibly important to making Camp Achieve a special and supportive place. Many of our counselors are former campers or have epilepsy themselves! They are able to help younger campers with issues they may be facing at school or with friends while building their confidence.
Health Professionals are needed to dispense daily medications, perform seizure first aid, and respond to any medical needs that may arise. Health professionals must be experienced, licensed, and demonstrate a desire to learn and interact with our amazing community.
The medical staff were incredible. They may sure I was safe all week! – 2014 Camper
Camp Achieve happens because of generous donors like you.
Camp Achieve activities are made possible by donations. This can be anything – sponsoring a child to attend Camp Achieve for free, supplies for activities, logistical supplies for counselors and medical staff – everything that goes into making Camp Achieve a success. If you are interested in supporting Camp Achieve, please consider making a donation to help our camp community grow!
Want to grant a wish to Camp Achieve? Check out our Amazon.com Wish List to donate activity supplies!
If you are a business or organization interested in sponsoring Camp Achieve, please contact our Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Camp Achieve, please contact email@example.com or 215-629-5003