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Greetings Past and Future Camper Families & Volunteers! We are excited to announce a new partnership we have formed between Camp Discovery and North Star Reach! North Star Reach is a member of SeriousFun Children’s Network, founded by Paul Newman, that partners with organizations, such as ours, to serve children with chronic and life-threatening health challenges across the Great Lakes Region, free of charge. We are thrilled to officially announce this partnership and to see our epilepsy camping program grow!

Read our official announcement letter from the Camp Discovery Leadership Team

There were three main factors to this decision, (1) Safety, (2) Sustainability, and (3) Affordability. Although there are elements of our camping program that will change, the motivation behind every change is quite simple: doing what is best for kids with epilepsy and the volunteers who serve them.

 

Camp Dates & Descriptions:

Camp Discovery “Epilepsy Camp”– July 22 – 26, 2018
Offered to campers age 7-15, this is a unique camping experience developed especially for young people with epilepsy. Camp will include many of the experiences you have come to expect like swimming, boating, fishing, arts & crafts, and “Ask the Neurologist,” but with the addition of a few more like pontoon boat rides, adventure activities, cooking classes, and more!

North Star Reach will be providing two bus transportation options to and from camp for Camp Discovery "Epilepsy Camp", free of charge.
-Option 1: Meeting at the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan Office in Southfield
- Camper check in at the office is at 8am on July 22nd
- Camper pick up will be at 12:45pm on July 26th
-Option 2: Meeting at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids
- Camper check in at the hospital is at 7:30am on July 22nd
- Camper pick up is at 1:45pm on July 26th
Parents will specify their camper’s transportation plan on the Camp Discovery application. If a camper is taking the bus, parents will receive more information (address, procedure, etc.) at a later date. Campers who would like to take the bus MUST ride the bus both ways, to and from camp.

Deadline for Camp Discovery applications: May 31, 2018.  The application process is closed. Please check back in January for information on our 2019 season.


Teen Camp “Solstice Camp” – June 28 – July 1, 2018
For many years now, we have received feedback that we needed to enhance the camping experience for older teens. Offered to campers age 16-17, together with North Star Reach, we will be hosting a Teen Week camping experience that focuses on self-esteem building, empowerment, and transition to adulthood – in addition to the traditional fun camp activities. This camp is open to teens who have a variety of medical needs, including teens with epilepsy.

North Star Reach will be providing two bus transportation options to and from camp for Teen Camp "Solstice Camp", free of charge.
-Option 1: Meeting at Detroit Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit
- Camper check in at the hospital is at 8am on June 28th
- Camper pick up will be at 12:45pm on July 1st
-Option 2: Meeting at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids
- Camper check in at the hospital is at 7:30am on June 28th
- Camper pick up is at 1:45pm on July 1st
Parents will specify their camper’s transportation plan on the Solstice Camp application. If a camper is taking the bus, parents will receive more information (address, procedure, etc.) at a later date. Campers who would like to take the bus MUST ride the bus both ways, to and from camp.

Deadline for Solstice Camp applications: May 31, 2018.  The application process is closed. Please check back in January for information on our 2019 season.



VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Volunteers play a pivotal role in making camp a success! We have been fortunate to have some of the best volunteers to serve our young epilepsy population at camp. As always, we invite you to apply and help us make more memories at North Star Reach!

Volunteer Opportunities and Applications
Volunteer Application Deadline – Guaranteed consideration if returned by May 1


Other helpful resources include:

Have questions?
Please call Pam Bird (Office Manager and Camp Discovery Admin Support) at 800-377-6226 ext. 1204 or email her.

While our camping experiences will now be free to our camper families, the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan has made a financial commitment to support this vital programming. Please consider making a meaningful gift to our camping program today: Donate Now by visiting our YouCaring page.

THANK YOU!



   




Visit our Photo Gallery to view Camp Discovery 2017 photos.