Events

For Children

In order to be a participant in our programs here at EFGC, you must be registered as a client with us. This includes connecting with a case manager and completing a short intake over the phone.

In order to be participant in EFGC's in-person programs, you must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. EFGC's policy is that vaccination will be required unless there is a medical exemption. Any participant with a medical exemption must provide documentation stating exemption from a doctor and submit to COVID-19 testing prior to the event.

Camp Blackhawk: Week-Long Retreat for Kids & Teens with Epilepsy

Camp Blackhawk provides kids and teens with epilepsy an unforgettable summer experience. For one week, children between the ages of 6-17 are immersed in fun activities and surrounded by other Blackhawk campers and counselors! EFGC encourages you to sign up quickly as campers are accepted on a first-come-first serve basis. The dates for camp this year are as follows:

June 26th – July 1st
July 10th – July 15th

The registration deadline for 2022 Camp Blackhawk has passed.

If you would like more information on Camp Blackhawk or to become a client with EFGC, please contact Karli Paggeot, and she would be happy to assist you in this process! Her email address is kpaggeot@epilepsychicago.org, or she can be contacted via phone at (312) 380 2390.

Blackhawk Family Retreat Weekend

The Camp Blackhawk Family Retreat Weekend is fun for the whole family and FREE! This is an opportunity for you to come out to camp to see what the kids experience for a week in the summer. Come enjoy a fun-filled weekend where kids can zipline, rock climb and play in the lake – and you can learn about the opportunity for them to do it for a whole week!

This weekend retreat is open to families with children who have epilepsy. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. Priority will be given to families in our service area new to Camp Blackhawk. Parents, care givers, and siblings are all welcome.

The 2022 Blackhawk Family Retreat dates are TBD. We will update the information when we have it!

For more information, contact Karli Paggeot at kpaggeot@epilepsychicago.org or (312) 380 2390.

Kids & Teens Club

As a child growing up with epilepsy, the social challenges one might face can be overwhelming. Kids & Teens Club enables children and teens to connect with others of the same age who understand what it means to live with epilepsy. The club focuses on ensuring that individuals know their self-worth, have a sense of belonging, and are a part of a social network that specifically addresses their unique needs.

Participating in Kids & Teens Club gives children and teens living with epilepsy the opportunity to bond at social events and participate in fun activities throughout the year. Children, teens, and their families get to interact with others in a setting where epilepsy is the commonality and not what makes them different.

Please check our events calendar for information on the next Kids & Teens Club or contact Karli Paggeot at kpaggeot@epilepsychicago.org or (312) 380 2390.

Heroes Day Camp

Heroes Sports Camp is a free three-day sports camp for 6-17 year olds living with epilepsy and their siblings. We have sports, games, arts and crafts every day! A snack will be provided. Space is limited – spots will be available on a first come, first serve basis. All participants will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, contact Karli Paggeot at kpaggeot@epilepsychicago.org or (312) 380 2390.

The 2022 Heroes Day Camp dates are TBD. We will update the information when we have it!

Heroes Day Camp is proudly presented by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, the Danny Did Foundation, and the Chicago Park District.