April 25, 2014 | By Epilepsy Arizona |
(Ages 8-17) – For over ten years, Camp Candlelight has provided a fun, educational, and safe
camp experience for children with epilepsy. Camp Candlelight is one week summer
camp featuring activities such as rock climbing, ropes courses, archery, arts and crafts and nature hikes, as well as many other activities. In addition to a wide variety of activities, Camp Candlelight offers the chance to bond with other children who have a first-hand understanding of life with epilepsy. Campers can range in age from 8 to 17, beginning at age 17, teens have the opportunity to become counselors-in-training (CITs), learning important skills such as mentorship and leadership. For more information, please visit the Camp Candlelight page.
Take Charge of the Storm
(Ages 11-14) – Seizures and You: Take Charge of the Storm is an epilepsy awareness program targeting teens and pre-teens. Students who complete this program will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of epilepsy as a medical condition, identify and learn about different types of seizures and know what to do and what not to do when someone is having a seizure.
Teens Speak Up!
As part of the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona’s advocacy program, kids with epilepsy from all over the U.S. and their family members attend the Teens Speak Up Program and the Epilepsy Foundation’s Public Policy in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the dual programs is to bring together people with epilepsy to learn about new approaches to treatments for epilepsy, understand the social impact of epilepsy on the family system, as well as to recognize the power that each one of them has in making a change in epilepsy awareness and understanding. The culmination of the three day weekend are Capitol Hill visits by the kids with epilepsy, their families and affiliate members to bring the messages learned to their respective Senators and Representatives.