Camp Discovery

What is Camp Discovery?
Camp Discovery is Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan's 5-day/4-night summer camp for children with epilepsy ages 8 - 17. Campers enjoy a wide range of activities at the beautiful and well-equipped Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center in Augusta, Michigan, including the following:
  • swimming (in Sherman Lake and an Olympic-sized pool)
  • canoeing and kayaking
  • horseback riding
  • rock-wall climbing
  • archery
  • arts & crafts
  • sports
  • ropes courses
  • "Ask the Neurologist" session

Both financial assistance and bus transportation from our Southfield office are available.
What makes Camp Discovery unique?
Camp Discovery offers 24-hour medical staffing, including two pediatric neurologists, as well as the opportunity to learn and share with peers and counselors who also have epilepsy. Camp Discovery is fully equipped to manage frequent seizures, medication administration and monitoring, and disabilities often associated with epilepsy, such as cerebral palsy, autism, and intellectual disability. Because of this uniquely safe and supportive environment, campers are free to discover their own abilities.  

How does Camp Discovery benefit campers and their families?
Camp Discovery is where kids with epilepsy discover their own abilities. The chance to try new things and the interaction with others who live with epilepsy contribute to a truly life-changing experience. Campers come away with newfound confidence, independence, social skills, knowledge of epilepsy, and friendships. Parents benefit from the respite provided by camp and by learning just how much their children can accomplish if given the opportunity.  

Volunteer and camp registration information for 2018 will be added to this web page early next year. Please contact Pam Bird at 800-377-6226 ext. 1204 for more information. 

Let other families know about Camp Discovery by sharing our 2017 Camp Discovery Flyer.

Visit our Photo Gallery to view Camp Discovery 2017 photos. 

2013 Camp Video (created by Eric Pedenelli, volunteer)

Here are some helpful resources for campers and parents alike:

For information on how to become a 2018 camper, please contact Pam Bird
Camper & Parent Information Handbook (revised 2016)
Camper Mentor Program (formerly CIT Program)

Here are some helpful resources for prospective volunteers:

For information on how to become a 2018 volunteer, please contact Pam Bird
Staff and Volunteer Handbook (revised 2015)
Volunteer Descriptions (updated 2015)

MAKE A DONATION TODAY to support Camp Discovery 
Make sure to make your donation "in honor of" Camp Discovery!
Or, you can join our crowdfunding efforts by CLICKING HERE!

Here are some helpful resources in assisting you in contributing to camp:
Sponsorship Levels
Wish List
Why should you give? Read our Case for Support

We are thrilled to announce that Breanne Weatherford is the Camp Director of Camp Discovery!

Read her full bio.

Please contact Pam Bird at (800) 377-6226, ext. 1204 or click on her name to send her an email.  Thank you!