After choosing a camp, you’ll need to prepare staff to manage your child’s seizures.

  • Ideally, they will have basic training in seizure recognition and first aid. However, ask the camp director, don’t assume.
  • If there are new staff or questions about what seizures look like, offer training materials to the camp director and nurse. Even if they know the basics about seizures, they won’t know about your child and his seizures. That’s your job.
  • Share your own observations and how you have managed things at home, in school or other settings. You may need help from the doctor and nurse who treats your child’s seizures to educate the staff. Your local Epilepsy Foundation is a great resource too!

Prepare Camp Staff

Print a copy of "My Camp Medical Supplement" and a "Seizure Action Plan (School)" or "Seizure Action Plan (General)" to help you organize some key seizure and safety information.

These forms are intended for the same purpose — a tool to individualize your child’s seizure information and how to respond when a seizure occurs. The "Seizure Action Plan (School)" was developed specifically for students in school. The "Seizure Action Plan (General)" is for people of any age in any setting. For more information, go to Seizure Action Plans. The camp nurse, doctor or director can use these forms to make sure that all staff will know what to do. Include information on

  • Type and frequency of seizures
  • Seizure triggers and how to manage them
  • Other medical, social and emotional concerns and any special accommodations or plans to manage these
  • Medicines and other treatments used to control seizures on a daily basis—include seizure medicines and dietary therapies such as the ketogenic diet
  • Plans for responding to seizures, including "as needed" or rescue medicines to prevent emergency situations. Make sure staff have been properly trained in giving these medicines.
  • Side effects of all treatments
  • Safety concerns—including risks with seizures, medicine side effects, injuries or other special needs
  • Plan for managing safety, including any restrictions on camp participation, adaptive or safety equipment, or lifestyle/activity changes.
  • What your child knows about seizures, if and how to tell others, and how your child reacts to the seizures
  • Seizure first aid information on epilepsy.com can be used to supplement training of staff.

More Information

Authored By: 
Steven Schachter MD
Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN
Reviewed By: 
Patricia Dean ARNP, MSN
on: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018