“Camp is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s my favorite part of the year.” – Raven Hicks
You can expect:
- That everyone checks their blood sugars and that you don’t have to explain why like at school.
- That the focus is on fun!
- That you’ll like most of the food.
- That everyone has “camp hair,” because hair dryers and curling irons trip the circuit breakers.
- That you’ll get up early and go, go, go – and really love “shoes off” quiet time.
- That you can see a million stars.
- That you’ll make a new friend, or 150 of ’em.
- That you can leave your meter, your test strips and your insulin at home because we have it all at camp.
- That your counselors will listen to you.
- That camp is co-ed.
- That the counselors are at least age 19 and some are older and very cool.
At camp, you’ll meet campers who’ve had diabetes for years and you’ll meet many who are new to diabetes. While many campers learn new skills, there is no pressure for you to do or try something you haven’t done before, like give yourself a shot. On the other hand, camp is the perfect place to try something you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t had time or guidance anywhere else.
You’ll have about 4 activity periods each day. Some are assigned for the whole cabin. In the afternoon, you can choose what you want to do from a “menu” that usually includes pool or waterfront, something indoors, and something active. The activities are AMAZING.
|Arts and Crafts||Mountain biking*|
|Basketball and court sports||Music and song writing|
|The Blob*||Nature crafts|
|High ropes course*||Water luge*|
* Just a note: You may not get to ALL activities each year, some are site-specific and some are saved for older campers.
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“I brought my A1c down from 10.5 to 7.3 in two months! All because of my new found inspiration at camp. Thank you!” – S. Stanley