Camp Brainstorm Mission: To provide a safe, enjoyable, residential camping experience for children with a primary diagnosis of epilepsy, to build self-esteem by promoting self-confidence, competency and social interaction, and to foster independence in a safe environment away from home.
Camp Brainstorm is a 5 day/4 night residential summer camp for children with epilepsy ages 8 to 17 held at Camp Aranzazu in Rockport, Texas. Often children with epilepsy are denied the privilege of attending summer camp because of their epilepsy, but that is not the case at Camp Brainstorm. Camp is a place where children are able to try new things in an environment that is safe, encouraging, and supportive.
The support can be found through a group of talented individuals whom volunteer their time and efforts to ensure your camper has the best week of the year. Our staff is fully trained in seizure first aid and camp safety. With a camper to staff ratio of 4:1, we pride ourselves on these dedicated individuals and their passion for the mission of Camp Brainstorm.
ELIGIBILITY AND CRITERIA
Any child with epilepsy and/or seizure disorder between the ages of 8 and 17 is eligible to apply to attend Camp Brainstorm. Camp Brainstorm is intended for physically abled children that are functioning at a developmentally appropriate level, and do not have severe physical and behavioral problems. Child must have primary diagnosis of epilepsy and be on anti-seizure medications and/or physician approved treatment therapy (i.e. Ketogenic diet, VNS, etc.) Any secondary diagnosis will be evaluated by our Camper Selection Committee.
Eligibility for selection to attend Camp Brainstorm is dependent on completion of all forms, releases, and applications in this packet. All applications are reviewed and campers are selected by the Camper Selection Committee. Campers will be notified by either phone or email of the selection committee’s decision no later than May 19, 2017.
Should any information completed in this application be found to be falsified previous to and/or during the week of camp, the Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas reserves the right to deny acceptance and/or send the camper home. (For example, but not limited to: excessive physical limitations, required care that does not reflect our staff ratio, behavior disturbances, etc.).
APPLICATION, DEADLINES AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
To apply to participate in Camp Brainstorm, the parent/legal guardian must complete all parts of the application by the stated due date:
Part 1: Online Application (complete on or before May 15, 2017)
- Section 1 - Camper Information
- Section 2 - Emergency Health Information
- Section 3 - Health History
- Section 4 - Camper Care Information
- Section 5 - Camper Profile
- Section 6 - Acknowledgement of Behavior Policy
Part 2: Printed Application (Print, Complete, Sign & Return by mail, fax or email on or before May 15, 2017)
- Camp Brainstorm Consent Form
- Camper Treatment Consent Form
- Medication Administration Form
- Camp Aranzazu Liability, Medical and Photo Release
- Shot Record (Upload to application or attach to Part 2)
- Physical Exam Form (Due by 5/31/2017)
Camp Physical Evaluation Form (Return by mail, email, or fax on or before May 31, 2017)
- The Camp Brainstorm Physical Exam Form must be completed/signed by a physician
Campers are encouraged to apply early. Camper space is limited by many factors. Your child WILL NOT be placed on the camper list until ALL of the requested documents are received.
For questions, concerns, or if you require assistance with the application contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (210) 653-5353, toll free (888) 606-5353.
The Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas provides equal opportunity to qualified persons without regard to race, color, creed, sex, or national origin.