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“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.

 

Camp Activities

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.

Archery Miniature Golf*
Arts and Crafts Mountain biking*
Basketball and court sports Music and song writing
The Blob* Nature crafts
Canoeing Newspaper
Climbing wall Sailing
Dance Soccer
Drumming Swimming
Fishing Tennis
Food farm* Videography*
High ropes course* Water luge*
Iceberg* Water skiing*
Hiking Woodworking
Kayaking Zip line

* Just a note: You may not get to ALL activities each year, some are site-specific and some are saved for older campers.

At Night

Just because the sun sets doesn’t mean we’re done for the day.  If you’re a teen or older, you’ll have a Dimensions choice – you pick an activity to specialize in and you’ll go to it each evening.  You’ll also have an evening program after Dimensions.  If you’re under age 13, you’ll have an evening program after dinner, then some time to be with your cabin mates in your village before lights out.

What to Bring

We’ll send you a packing list and lots of important information about 3 weeks before your session of camp, in the Parent, Guardian, Camper Guide.  You WON’T need your meter, test strips, or insulin…  You will need to bring pump infusion sets and reservoirs if you use an insulin pump.  You definitely don’t want to bring fancy stuff or electronics, cell phones or “screens.”  You will want to bring comfy stuff that can stand heat, dust and paint.  And pack light!  There’s not a whole lot of room in the cabins.

Who Do You Live With?

Each cabin has 8-9 campers, all about the same age or stage in school.  Most cabins have three counselors, and one usually has diabetes.  You’ll have “your” clinicians that you meet with before each meal and at night to go over blood sugars and insulin doses.  You’ll see the endos all over the place, and can talk with them if you want.

 

“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