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. 

2016 Camp Dates

Sunday, May 29 to Friday, June 3

Volunteers arrive May 28, and campers arrive May 29.

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  • 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 Healthcare of Atlanta 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, along with community volunteers committed to making camp a safe and special week for your child.

      Parent Volunteers: While we are thankful parents have expressed interest in volunteering at camp, 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.

      - Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2016

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

  • Leaders in Training - previous campers ages 16 and 17

      The Leader in Training (LIT) program is designed to grow and develop leadership and life skills that can be applied in many different settings. During the camp session, LITs will assist the counselors with daily activities, provide support for younger campers, help facilitate camper activities and participate in LIT-only programming. LITs are transitioning out of the camper role with increased responsibilities under the supervision of counselors and camp staff.

      LIT Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

      - Former Children's Healthcare of Atlanta camper for one or more years

      - Articulate the benefits of the camp experience

      - Age 16 or 17

      - Possess mental and physical ability to maintain independent and consistent supervision of campers

      - Have mental, visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activities of camp program

      - Demonstrate the ability to be a positive member of the volunteer team

      - Demonstrate flexibility in a changing environment

      LITs will be expected to:

      - Attend Leader in Training orientation session prior to camp

      - Commit to participating the entire week of camp

      - Be a positive leader and role model for all campers

      - Be prompt at all times

      - Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude

      - Use appropriate language and behavior at all times

      - Dress in appropriate attire

      - Treat campers, volunteers and staff in a professional and respectful manner

      - Keep all medical and personal information concerning campers confidential

      - Be open to learning from the staff and volunteers

      - Be a helpful team member for the counselors and fellow LITs

      - Comply with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta policies and procedures, as outlined in the Leader in Training manual

      Duties and responsibilities of Leaders in Training:

      - Help provide general supervision of campers

      - Help maintain a clean and safe camp environment

      - Help guide activities and keep the campers engaged

      - Work with counselors to provide age-appropriate activities in designated areas

      - Provide support and encouragement to campers

      - Design and direct an evening program at camp with other LITs, guided by camp and program staff

      - Assist in the dining hall during mealtimes

      - Communicate daily with counselors about needs, activities and issues of concern

      - Discuss any problems, concerns or suggestions with camp and program staff

      - Work with counselors and other staff members as a team

      - Perform other tasks as requested by camp staff and volunteers

      - Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2016

      - Leaders in Training are expected to complete the LIT portion of the electronic application independently and provide professional references upon application. 

      - A Leader In Training Assessment Day will take place at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (date to be determined). 

      - Acceptance as a Leader in Training will be determined by May 1. 

      - Once selected, all Leaders in Training are required to attend orientation (date and location to be determined).

      Fee: Camp Carpe Diem asks for a donation of $100; however, Children's 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 a mandatory staff training on May 14, at The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Office Park.

      - Volunteers report to camp on May 28.

      Volunteer Opportunities

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

      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. This includes: 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.

      - If you are a Children's Healthcare of Atlanta employee, please review the Children's Employee Camp Policy. 

      To complete the application, please click "Apply Now" above. For optimal viewing, please use the Google Chrome Internet browser. 

      - Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2016


    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.


Taylor at Camp Carpe Diem
  • Read 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." 
  • Amelia, 9 
    "I loved everything but the night when we got dressed up and we were treated like stars was my favorite!"


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

Prepare for Camp


Contact Catherine Shields
Fax: 404-785-1722