Participants in Camp Carpe Diem 2014 were treated to a Road Trip, enjoying new experiences, travels to exotic locations and a week filled with fun adventures. Upon arrival, campers received a passport to record all their travel memories and thoughts. They were then assisted by camp staff to their luxurious camp accommodations, which featured travel-themed welcoming banners. On opening night, everyone attended a meet and greet in their best “tacky tourist” attire. Each evening featured a different port of call, with daytimes devoted to such regular camp activities as swimming, arts and crafts, fishing, team sports, boating and sing-a-longs. Carpe Diem is designed to be as normal a camp as possible, but with the safeguards of full-time medical staff and a well-stocked medical cabin.
Amongst the many stops along the road were a luau/beach party in Hawaii, a street carnival in New Orleans, a talent show in the Big Apple and a dance party in Las Vegas. Among the comments heard from our travelers were “This trip has been a vacation from the daily challenges of epilepsy!”, “I liked the talent night the best, as we had fun planning our skit!” and the comment most frequently heard, “This is the one week of the year where I am not different from anyone else.”
We want to thank the staff of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, under the leadership of Camp Director Lauren Beaver for the excellent care provided to each camper. We also want to thank our wonderful counselors for their involvement in making this a very special week for their campers. All staff and counselors at Camp Carpe Diem are volunteers. Camp Carpe Diem is made possible by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Camp Twin Lakes, with financial support from the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. This year EFGA was able to send 52 children to Camp Carpe Diem on camp scholarships.
We would like to thank the following companies and organizations for their help in underwriting these scholarships:
Youth Service Fund, Rotary Club of Atlanta
The Hoyt Jolley Foundation
Gary Summers Camp Scholarship Fund
UCB, The Epilepsy Company