Camp Achieve

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CAMP ACHIEVE 2022 DATES: August 14 – 19, 2022

The EFEPA believes no child should feel excluded or unsafe because of their epilepsy. We strive to alleviate the stress and fear that many children with epilepsy face by providing access to all the life experiences  – including summer camp.

From its humble beginnings over 20 years ago, Camp Achieve is a uniquely designed week-long sleepaway summer camp program tailored to the special needs of youth living with epilepsy. In partnership with Camp Green Lane in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, Camp Achieve provides campers ages 8 to 17 the opportunity to enjoy all of the fun and friendship that traditional summer camp offers.

Thanks to our dedicated teams of trained medical staff and experienced counselors, Camp Achieve is a safe and fun place for youth diagnosed with epilepsy to enjoy the great outdoors, participate in games and sports, and build lasting bonds with children who share similar challenges and experiences.

For more information, or if you’re interested in joining us at Camp Achieve in 2022, please contact our Camp & Community Outreach Coordinator, Andrew Chmielowiec, at camp@efepa.org or (215) 629-5003 x103.

Camp Achieve Youth Planning Committee

10:00am-11:00am, Saturdays, June 4th, July 2nd & August 6th
Virtual on Zoom

Interested in helping to plan some of the events, games, and activities at Camp Achieve this summer? Campers ages 13-17 are invited to help EFEPA staff and camp counselors plan a summer of fun!

We’ll discuss our favorite parts of camp, brainstorm how we can fix our least favorite parts of camp, and come up with some brand new activities! We’ll also work to create a special camp-wide event to be led by the Planning Committee during Camp Achieve – Because we want this summer to be the best EVER!

For questions or more information, please contact Andrew Chmielowiec at camp@efepa.org or (215) 629-5003 x103.


Camp Achieve is Possible Thanks to Generous Supporters Like YOU!

From financial gifts that go towards camper scholarships and activity supplies, to the medical staff and counselors who volunteer their time, Camp Achieve is made possible by donations.

If you are interested in supporting the EFEPA and contributing to the success of Camp Achieve, please consider making a donation to help our camp community grow and thrive.

To donate supplies to camp, please check out our Amazon.com Wishlist.

To volunteer your time and support Camp Achieve in person, please see our volunteer opportunities below.

To give a financial gift, please make a donation and be sure to specify it directly supports Camp Achieve.

Beyond the Summer


Want to keep the magic of summer camp going all year round? Our Camp Achieve community remains active throughout the year with multiple opportunities for campers and their families to keep in touch, stay involved, and get together.

Youth Achieve is the EFEPA’s way of helping our camp community stay connected, while continuing to raise epilepsy awareness, regardless of the season. With quarterly in-person gatherings and an assortment of virtual offerings throughout the year, there’s always something to keep kids and teens (and their families!) engaged, informed, and empowered. For more information, please visit our Youth Achieve webpage.

A Camp Achieve Reunion every January ensures that no camper needs to go a full year without seeing their camp friends. With information about upcoming events for families, a reunion lunch, and ample opportunity for campers to play games and reunite with friends, it’s the perfect chance to bring a little bit of summer fun to the winter months.

Volunteer Opportunities


Camp Achieve runs on the support of talented volunteers. Our volunteer licensed medical professionals and camp counselors are critical in making Camp Achieve the fun, safe, secure, unforgettable experience that our kids know and love.

Counselors must be at least 19 years old by the start of camp and demonstrate a strong desire to work directly with exceptional young people. Counselors supervise campers as well as participate in Camp Achieve programming to help bring the magic of summer camp to life. Many of our counselors are former campers or have epilepsy themselves! They are well equipped and eager to help young campers with issues they may be facing at school and with friends while helping to build their independence, confidence, and self-efficacy.

“The medical staff were incredible. They made sure I was safe all week!” – 2014 Camper

Health Professionals are relied upon to help dispense daily medications, perform seizure first aid, and respond to any medical needs that may arise.  Camp Achieve medical staff must be experienced, licensed, and demonstrate a desire to learn and interact with our amazing community. Interested in volunteering with Camp Achieve? Please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form here!

FAQ


Who can attend Camp Achieve?

Applications are open for children ages 8 to 17 with a primary diagnosis of epilepsy.  Campers are expected to be able to perform all activities of daily living independently, including tasks like eating, bathing, dressing, and basic hygiene. 

Are there medical requirements to consider?

Eligible campers have a primary diagnosis of epilepsy and see a neurologist for regular appointments. All camper applications and forms are reviewed by a medical committee to determine eligibility. Campers should be able to participate in physical activities like walking and sports, as well as social and group activities like team building exercises, arts & crafts, and singing camp songs.

Additionally, all campers must attend Camp Achieve with a seizure rescue medication.

What is the tuition for Camp Achieve?

The week-long summer camp session is $350 per camper. Scholarships and tuition assistance are available upon request.


Special Thank You to Our Fill-the-Cabin Sponsors:

Support from our partners graciously funds the experience of our campers and counselors and covers costs of cabin and rainy day arts & crafts supplies.

Thank You to Our Medical Sponsor:

Support from our partners covers costs for Medical Professionals to staff Camp Achieve.

Thank You to Our Camper Sponsors:

Support from our partner covers costs for Campers to attend Camp Achieve.

If you are a business or organization interested in sponsoring Camp Achieve, please contact our Development Manager, Melissa Fairchild, at mfairchild@efepa.org or (215)-629-5003 x106.