Camp Aspire - Session 2

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About the Camp

Camp Aspire is an acronym for "Always Sharing Priceless, Inspirational, Rewarding Experiences."

Camp Aspire is held at the Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush, New York, only 15 miles from Rochester, NY. The camp is located on 156 acres of land in a rural setting, including modern year-round cabins, an Olympic size swimming pool, nature trails, athletic fields, and a fishing pond. Some of the activities include: rock wall with zip line, tree house, arts and crafts, drama and music, photoshop and a splash pad! Come join the fun!

The main goal of the program at Camp Aspire is to allow the campers the ability to feel at ease and "accepted" in a community where having diabetes is the rule, not the exception. The campers learn to understand diabetes and the process of self-management, under skilled and continuous medical supervision. It is the hope of the staff, that these children go home feeling more self-confident, self-reliant and having gained the knowledge they need to live successful, full lives with diabetes. We want them to leave empowered and be able to say, "I went to camp and had fun!" Many of these children come to camp not knowing any other people with diabetes, especially other kids like themselves. There are friendships made which last a lifetime!

Camp Fees

Non-Refundable Deposit: $25
Camp Fee: $625
Total Fee (including non-refundable deposit): $650

Financial Aid: Applications become available once you complete the online Camp application. Once you complete the online application, you will be prompted to download and print the Supplemental Forms. The Financial Aid Application is Form #8. It must be returned with proof of yearly income. 

Application Process is Closed

CIT Information

CIT Age: 17

Role models are important at Camp Aspire. We believe in training promising leaders with our CIT program. This year, 17-year-old campers are invited to attend Session 1 as a camper and then apply for the CIT program for Session 2. To apply please visit and search for "NY".

More Information About the Camp

Join us this year and make a difference in the life of a child living with diabetes. Camp ASPIRE would not be possible without the help and support of our Staff and Medical Volunteers. Our team of medical staff assist campers with diabetes management skills such as blood glucose testing, insulin injections, insulin pump basal rate adjustment, deciding on insulin dosing, and carbohydrate counting. 

Medical Positions

Who can participate as medical staff?

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Medical, Physician Assistant, Nursing, or Pharmacy Students
  • Certified Diabetes Educators

Working at Camp ASPIRE in the role of Counselor, Cabin Head, Camp Nurse, Nurses Asst., Dietitian, Dietitian's Asst., Social Worker, Medical Coordinator, Lead Med Staff, Cabin Clinician:

To apply for a paid position, please visit and search for "NY".

To apply for a volunteer position, please contact Colleen Gavin at to provide the dates you are available and the specific position that you would like to be considered for. 


All American Diabetes Association campers and staff at 2016 Diabetes Camps are required to be up to date on immunizations. More information can be found in the Camp application and supplemental forms. For questions, contact your local American Diabetes Association office.

The current schedule (2016 update coming soon) can be found at Please note that the HPV vaccine is not required for Camp.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Special Thanks to:

  • The Rochester Rotary Club
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Manning & Napier
  • Helmsley Charitable Trust
  • Lions Clubs
  • The Wilson Foundation
  • Chatauqua Region Community Foundation
  • Niagara Wheatfield Varsity & Jr Varsity Girl's Basketball 
  • Camp Angels
  • Ames Amzalak Memorial Trust
  • Sigma Nu Chi of Geneseo
  • Lilly Diabetes
  • Saget Rutty & Co. Inc.
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Wegmans