We are going to have a great summer! We have new campers and new staff, as well as veteran staffers and campers. There are going to be some times when the sun is in the correct spot, when the climbing hold on the wall is just right, when your favorite dish is on the menu and when the weather is perfect for sleeping. Then, there are going to be those times when the root in the trail isn’t where you want it to be or the rain cloud didn’t look at our activity schedule or the music ends one song too soon. We call all of those instances…camp. It’s those moments of working together, being part of a group and having new experiences that fill up the days of camp.
Camp itself will fill up with people soon and it’s memories and events will fill up our hearts, too. The magic of camp is premiering, again, at Camp Kudzu.
Words from the past:
“Camp Kudzu rates 11 on a scale of 1 – 10!
I love coming here because when I come here I sometimes forget that I am diabetic for a moment, which is a good feeling. I love coming here because for this short but awesome week I feel like a normal person because everyone around me goes through exactly what I do.” – a camper
First Time Campers
Getting ready for camp involves some shopping, some packing and some practicing how we do things at camp. We’ll send you a packing list and a lot of very valuable “getting ready” words of wisdom in the Parent, Guardian and Camper Information Guide about 3 weeks prior to your camp session.
Each camper is part of a cabin community: usually 9 campers, 3 counselors, and 1 clinician. The campers in one cabin are all similar in age and/or development level. The counselors are all age 19 or older. Our counselors have provided us with references, have undergone background checks, have been interviewed and have taken part in training and onsite orientation. Usually at least one counselor has T1D; often one of the counselors is studying pharmacy, nursing or medicine. Cabins follow a schedule together and eat at the same table each meal. The campers meet with clinicians before every meal, before bedtime snack and whenever they have a need for an extra check-in. Clinicians monitor blood sugars after bedtime from midnight until all campers are “in range.” Telephones or walkie talkies are used by staff to communicate.