Camp Carpe Diem

Camp Carpe Diem
An Overnight Summer Camp
for Patients with Epilepsy
and Other Seizure Disorders

At Camp Carpe Diem, every child’s possibilities are endless. From team-building activities to individual support, this camp has something for everyone. Camp Carpe Diem gives every child the chance to experience camp, build friendships and make memories that last a lifetime.

Every child needs to feel special. We promote positive self-esteem with fun and learning. The only requirements are to laugh, play, grow and explore. 

Children’s, in partnership with Camp Twin Lakes, started Camp Carpe Diem in 2010, to provide an enjoyable getaway and a terrific opportunity for patients with epilepsy to meet others with similar medical conditions. Many Children's employees and community volunteers spearhead programs and activities throughout the camp. 

2015 Camp Dates

Sunday, May 23 to Friday, May 29

Volunteers arrive May 22, and campers arrive May 23.

  • Campers - children ages 7 to 15

      - Camper Fee: Camp Carpe Diem asks for a donation of $100 to help in covering the cost of camp for your child. However, Children's would like for every child to attend, regardless of ability to pay. Please indicate on your application if you are interested in a camp scholarship for your child. The cost to Children's and Camp Twin Lakes to send one child to camp is approximately $1,000; additional donations are always welcome.

      - Medical Staff: There will be clinical staff available 24 hours a day at camp to administer medications and assist with any medical emergencies. Our volunteers consist of staff from Children's, as well as community volunteers committed to making camp a safe week for your child.

      Parent Volunteers: While we are thankful parents have expressed interest in volunteering at Camp Carpe Diem, it is camp policy that parents do not volunteer during camp sessions. We strongly believe camp is an excellent opportunity for your child to gain independence and self-esteem.

      Apply

      Please complete the Camper Interest Form. After you submit the interest form, we will send you an online application to complete by March 28. The interest form is not your application.

      - Submit follow up documents by April 4. Online applications must be completed before follow up documents are submitted. 

      - The camper application must be completed by a legal guardian of the child.

  • Leaders in Training - previous campers ages 16 and 17

      Apply

      Please complete the Leader in Training Interest Form. After you submit the interest form, we will send you an online application to complete by March 28. The interest form is not your application.

      - Submit follow up documents by April 4, in order to be eligible for an interview.

      Please note: The camper application must be completed by a legal guardian of the child. The prospective leader in training must personally complete an additional application to be found in the follow up documents packet.

      - There is a leaders in training assessment (date to be announced) at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Limited spots are available. 
      Acceptance as a leader in training will be determined by May 2.

      - Once selected, all leaders in training are required to attend orientation (date and location to be announced).

      - Fee: Camp Carpe Diem asks for a donation of $100; however, Camp Carpe Diem wants every child to be able to attend. If the suggested donation for camp is an issue, please indicate on your application that you are interested in a scholarship. The cost to Children's and Camp Twin Lakes to send a child to camp is approximately $1,000. Additional donations are always welcome.

  • Volunteers

      Volunteer Dates

      - Volunteers are required to attend Volunteer Orientation on May 3.

      - Volunteers report to camp on May 24, and support camp May 25-30.

      Volunteer Opportunities

      - Cabin Counselors: Participate in all camp activities with a group of campers. Cabin Counselors sleep in a cabin with the campers.

      - Activity Counselors: Participate in all camp activities with a group of campers and help out where needed.

      Nurses: Help distribute medications to campers, administer first aid or treatment of related medical problems as needed, communicate with family members if needed, maintain documentation, and provide any appropriate management of camper health care including, basic care, first aid, and any other medical needs. Note: You must provide a valid nursing license in the state of Georgia.

      Nursing/Pharmacy Students: Help medical staff to triage campers in medical lodge and act as day helpers.

      Apply

      Please complete the Volunteer Interest Form. After you submit the interest form, we will send you an online application to complete by March 28. The interest form is not your application.

      - Submit follow up documents by April 4, in order to be eligible for an interview. Note: Your application must be completed before follow up documents are submitted.

      - If you are a Children's employee, please review the Children's employee camp policy.

       

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MeetJuliusSeizure

    Hello, my name is Julius Seizure. I’m a frog and the proud mascot for Camp Carpe Diem. I spend most of my days hopping around Camp Twin Lakes swimming, doing arts and crafts and dancing. The kids always make sure that I am wearing the proper safety gear, I never go near the pool without my life vest, and they keep me well fed. We’re just like other camps with archery, climbing walls and canoes. 

 
     

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Every child needs to feel special. A child with epilepsy is no different. We promote positive self-esteem with fun and learning. At Camp Carpe Diem, the only requirements are to laugh, play, grow and explore.

 

Camp Goals

  • Build a social network to help children develop their social skills. 
  • Help campers develop more self-confidence and have better self-esteem. 
  • Have fun, safe and exciting camping adventures.

Testimonial

Taylor at Camp Carpe DiemRead one teen's experience at camp:
"Camp Carpe Diem is the world to me. It changed me greatly in my time of need and I will never forget that."

Location

Camp Twin Lakes, Will-A-Way
210 S. Broad St.
Winder, GA 30680-2059
770-867-6123
Directions

Prepare for Camp

Questions?

Contact Lauren Beaver.
404-785-4425
Fax: 404-785-2214