MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Camp Oz on the shores of the St. Croix River may seem like your typical camp complete with cabins, a camp counselor’s office, a mess hall, and volleyball and basketball courts. But at Camp Oz most of the children have something in common — they suffer from seizures, and some have epilepsy.
“First time I came to the camp was right after I moved to Arizona. That was in 1992,” Dr. Michael Frost, the camp’s medical director, said. “I love it here, otherwise I wouldn’t be coming. It’s been 22 years.”
The camp caters to boys and girls from ages 9 to 17 who suffer seizures. They have an around-the-clock medical staff. This year they’re celebrating their 31st anniversary.
Since Saturday, campers have been busy rock climbing, horseback riding, swimming and even shooting arrows. Archery is 9-year-old Evan Troski’s favorite activity.
“It’s just fun,” he said. “I’m pretty good. I got three arrows in the thingy.”
It’s Troski’s first year at Camp Oz. He’s been wanting to come for some time, but he wasn’t old enough.
“What made me want to come is listening about all the great things at the camp,” he said. “We’re going horseback riding and we’re also going to go climbing.”
Troski described the staff as “warm-hearted.”