The Epilepsy Foundation of Cincinnati and Columbus has an amazing Epilepsy Camp program; Camp Flame Catcher (previously Camp Dream Catcher)
From their web site: http://www.epilepsy-ohio.org/programs/camps/camp-flame-catcher/
“Camp Flame Catcher is uniquely designed to give children with epilepsy the typical camping experience that their peers enjoy with the added guidance of trained epilepsy specialists to care for their specific needs. There are educational programs that take place throughout the session to help the campers learn about their epilepsy and ways to cope with its challenges. The children have the opportunity to establish friendships with other children who also have epilepsy and hopefully develop a lasting support system in their lives. Most of all though, the kids have a GREAT time at camp. They take part in such activities as: hiking, arts & crafts, swimming, archery, horseback riding, fishing, boating, shooting BB guns, canoeing, kayaking, hay rides, singing, scaling a climbing wall and much, much more. Camp Flame Catcher creates memories to last a lifetime!”
This camp has provided skill and connection building to hundreds of persons with epilepsy, but, it is expensive and not everyone can afford to go. One youth who had a great experience wants to help others have a chance to go to Camp Flame Catcher, and has started a cupcake fundraiser called “Cupcakes for Camp” Below is an excerpt from an article originally posted by the Dayton Daily news (http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/teen-sells-cupcakes-to-help-others-with-epilepsy/nXRMj/)
“Fifteen-year-old Jessica Waters remembers riding home in 2009 from Camp Flame Catcher, a camp for children with epilepsy, and telling her parents she wished every child with epilepsy could go to it.
Her mother, Chastity Irwin Register, explained to her that camp was expensive and without a scholarship, she wouldn’t have been able to attend.
Waters began thinking of how she could raise money so children could attend Flame Catcher Camp, organized by The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Columbus and Cincinnati and held at Camp Kern in Warren County.
That’s when Cupcakes for Camp started.
Since then, she has raised money by selling donated cupcakes to help three children attend camp. She’s also working to raise awareness about epilepsy. The teen has been recognized for her efforts through the Epilepsy Foundation and others. On April 25, the Beavercreek High School sophomore will be recognized for her efforts when she receives a Dayton Dragons Community All-Star Award during the game.” Read More