For Children

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

The dates for the 2021 Virtual Camp Blackhawk have been set! It will be taking place July 26-30, 2021 from 11:45 am – 2:00 pm. Click here to register for this free event. We encourage kids ages 6-17 living with epilepsy to join us for an online week of fun with all of your Camp Blackhawk friends and counselors. Many fun and unique activities are being planned and the full schedule will be shared in the coming weeks.

This year’s camp theme will be different each day!

Monday, July 26 – Welcome & New Friend Day
Tuesday, July 27 – Nature Day
Wednesday, July 28  – Science Day
Thursday, July 29 – Space Day
Friday, July 30 – Camp Shirt Day

Camp Blackhawk registration will be open through June 18th. Please register your child only if they will be attending each day of camp. Virtual Camp Blackhawk has a limited number of registration spots and we want to accommodate as many campers as possible.

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

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

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

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

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.