Camp Kudzu is a place where there’s nothing unusual about having type 1 diabetes. There’s no need to explain blood sugar testing, finger pricks, insulin injections, ketones, “lows,” boluses or carb counting. Everyone here understands!
We aren’t like a trip to the endo’s office, but we have endocrinologists, RNs, physician assistants, and dieticians there. We aren’t a classroom of lectures and chalkboard diagrams, but we have education woven into camp with impromptu learnings during activities, meal time, and casual conversations.
We are a community dedicated to the learning and growth of our campers living with type 1 diabetes. The encouragement campers get from their peers and staff members do more for their independence than any formal attempts do.
Campers will tell you it’s their favorite week of the year.
After a week at summer camp, participants:
- Can establish positive patterns for living with diabetes
- Know how to build friendships and a social support network
- Have conversations or take part in activities with role models living with type 1 diabetes.
- Learn skills to better self-manage their diabetes
We offer four week-long overnight sessions at our partner camp locations throughout Georgia. Campers are housed in cabins by age and gender, supervised by three counselors (one of which living with type 1). The cabin counselors are role models who lead the way for a week filled with fun and traditional camp activities each day. Each cabin is also assigned a clinician who will personally oversee each camper’s medical needs for the week.
The overall experience of Summer Camp is “priceless!” Thanks to our donors and corporate partners, we are able to subsidize 75% of the overall expense. A summer session with direct and indirect costs averages more than $3,400 per week. Thanks to our generous donors we are able to subsidize the cost of camp and even offer scholarships to 40% of our campers. We believe camp fees should never get in the way of a child benefiting from a Camp Kudzu experience.
2020 Summer Camp Dates
May 26- May 30, 2020
Campers 7th-11th Grade
Camp High Harbour, Allatoona
May 31- June 5, 2020
Camp Twin Lakes, Rutledge
June 7-12, 2020
Camp Twin Lakes, Rutledge
August 2-8, 2020
Camp Barney Medintz, Cleveland
Cost of Camp
Summer Camp enrollment is $800, including a nonrefundable $100 deposit at the time of enrollment. Camp scholarships are available for families needing assistance. Camp fees should never get in the way of a child benefiting from a Camp Kudzu experience.