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Goals & Outcomes

It is our hope that after a week at camp, campers will…

  • Be able to establish positive patterns for living with diabetes.
  • Know how to build friendships to have a social support network.
  • Have conversations or take part in activities with at least one person living with type 1 diabetes who serves as a positive role model.
  • Show attainment of a diabetes self-management health skill.

Philosophy

Camp Kudzu values fun and believes…that our children come to camp to be joyful, playful and spirited, and they benefit from rediscovering the lighthearted side of life.

Camp Kudzu values excellence and believes…that our children, our volunteers and our staff deserve high quality programs, preparation, medical care and facilities.

Camp Kudzu values education and believes…that our children learn best when they are relaxed, receptive and exposed to medical and life lessons in many forms.

Camp Kudzu values safety and believes…that our children feel free to stretch their capabilities when adventures take place with supervision, standards of good care and in a secure environment.

Camp Kudzu values friendships and believes… that the magic of camp arises out of camaraderie, acceptance and support. Peers and mentors influence our youth far beyond the confines of our programs.

Camp Kudzu values diversity and believes… that our community is most relevant and strongest when we embrace children and adults of all racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds.

Camp Kudzu values community and believes… that belonging to a camp community is empowering, and that life’s challenges may be less daunting when drawing upon the contacts and resources made through camp.

Camp Kudzu values fiscal responsibility and believes… that it is our responsibility to exercise fiscal discipline and increase fundraising so that we might increasingly address the needs of our community.

Life Skills

“A teachable moment is an unplanned educational opportunity that arises.”

At camp, there are so many of these, we would lose count trying to keep track of them. Campers have the opportunity to learn from their peers, their counselors, the medical staff and each other.  In fact, counselors and medical staff have the same opportunities for growth, too.

The learning that occurs at camp is experiential learning.  David Kolb, an education theorist, developed a learning model he first published in his 1984 book, Experiential Learning: Experience As The Source Of Learning And Development.  It is a blueprint for finding the words to describe what happens when we participate in an event. Kolb’s book acknowledges the early work on experiential learning by others in the 1900’s, including Rogers, Jung and Piaget. Kolb’s model is entitled the Experiential Learning Cycle.

(For those of you who have just been floored to learn that there is an underlying academic component to camp, we apologize…  Please read on.)

The Experiential Learning Cycle has four components: Act, Reflect, Conceptualize and Apply.  In explaining it, we will think about an average occurrence at camp.

Let’s take working with clay on the pottery wheel.

Act, Reflect, Conceptualize, Apply.

An action takes place.  Do something.  Look back on the experience.  Debrief.  What went well, what didn’t.  Draw a conclusion.  Brainstorm and plan for a change.  Put your plan/conclusion into action so the next time, things happen differently.

Making a tall vase on the wheel from a lump of wet clay can be our example.  At times, the wheel spun too fast, I had to reach for water bowl, I had clay in my hair, the vase leaned a little bit.  I learned to control the pedal better, move the bowl closer, always wear a hat to ceramics class, tell mom that it is a new age concept vase.  Will go to ceramics/pottery for free choice and extra activity period later in the week to practice what I learned.

In reality, our wheels do turn!   Every minute of every day, these instances occur.  Campers and staff are adjusting, rethinking and learning, scratching their heads and trying things on for the first time or the fortieth time.  Camp allows us to learn more and more about ourselves and about diabetes.