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

Each summer children and teens come together and enjoy all the fun activities and friendships that come with a trip to Camp Blackhawk while leaving behind various challenges epilepsy can bring to their daily lives. They are all surrounded–-some for the first time–-by dozens of other kids who know exactly what having epilepsy means. They don’t have to worry about what people will think if they have a seizure or about being excluded from activities. At Camp Blackhawk, epilepsy is the norm.

Campers get to experience a variety of fun camp activities such as swimming, zip lining, boating and campfires while in a safe and medically monitored setting. In the months leading up to camp, EFGC’s staff builds relationships with families to develop a solid grasp of the campers individual needs. Best of all, when campers are having the time of their lives at Camp Blackhawk, EFGC staff are right along side of them enjoying every minute just as much!

There is no cost to attend camp, however, donations are accepted and welcomed. Please be aware that space is limited and campers are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority acceptance will be given to children and teens within the EFGC service area.

Check out photos from the 2020 Virtual Camp Blackhawk by clicking here!

For more information, please contact Leia Der at 312-939-8622 ext 211 or lder@epilepsychicago.org

Please be aware that space is limited and campers are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority acceptance will be given to children and teens within the EFGC service area and returning campers. All new campers will be accepted base on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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 2020 Blackhawk Family Retreat dates are still being finalized. We will update the information when we have it!

Check out pictures of the 2019 Blackhawk Family Retreat by clicking here!

For more information, contact Leia Der at 312-939-8622 ext 211 or lder@epilepsychicago.org.

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 Leia Der at 312-939-8622 ext 211 or lder@epilepsychicago.org.

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 Leia Der at 312-939-8622 ext 211 or lder@epilepsychicago.org..

The 2020 Heroes Day Camp has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns,

Check out photos from the 2019 Heroes Day Camp by clicking here!

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