“Wow, I never knew there was so many other kids like me!”
– Camper, age 12
“Camp helped our daughter feel good about herself and her epilepsy”
– parent of teen camper
“This was my first time at camp, and I’m really happy I came. I did things I thought I would never do and made friends who also have epilepsy. Mostly, I realized I’m not alone.”
– Makiah, Camper
2023 Camp & Retreat Information
Purple Peaks Retreat
April 28-30, 2023
Ponderosa Retreat Center
Camp Never Give Up!
July 12-16, 2023
YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, CO
Rock n’ Rally Camp
July 28-30, 2023
Cal-Wood Education Center
Fun ‘n Frontiers Family Camp
October 6-8, 2023
Vee Bar Ranch
Our Camps & Retreats provide recreation and connection opportunities for children, teens, adults and families whose lives are impacted by epilepsy. They help individuals build confidence, make connections, and have fun!
With experienced volunteers, staff and 24/7 medical care on site, these camps & retreats provide a safe environment to foster resiliency and a sense of belonging. Participants have life-changing experiences and learn that they are not alone on their epilepsy journey.
Camps & Retreats
Purple Peaks Retreat
Young adults ages 18-30 living with epilepsy will connect with others, explore aspects of self-care and learn more to feel and live better with epilepsy.
This 3-day, 2-night retreat at the Ponderosa Pines and Retreat Center in Larkspur, Colorado, supports and encourages young adults to build confidence, friendships, and life skills while living with epilepsy.
Activities include yoga, archery, art expression, meditation, and Ask the Doc with an epileptologist.
Camp Never Give Up!
This five-day camp for teens with epilepsy ages 13-17 provides an opportunity to focus on what they can do through the support and encouragement of caring peers and camp staff. Activities include horseback riding, rock climbing, arts and crafts and more.
Rock N’ Rally Camp
This weekend adventure camp for kids ages 8-12 living with epilepsy and siblings provides the opportunity for them to build confidence and have fun in the great outdoors.
Fun n’ Frontiers
We know that the whole family is affected when a member is diagnosed. This camp will provide an opportunity for families to bond with each other while making new connections with other families.
Still not sure if camp is for your kiddo? Check out these testimonials from parents and campers:
“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.”
“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!”