Camp Rainbow

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About the Camp

Welcome to Camp Rainbow!

Camp Rainbow is a 4-day day camp held at Circle Lake Retreat in Pinehurst, TX. At Camp Rainbow, your camper will participate in fun activities like swimming, canoeing, fishing and much more, while developing independence and confidence in caring for their diabetes. During camp, your camper will be provided snacks and cold beverages. All campers need to bring their lunch each day, except Thursday. We hope this will be an educational and FUN experience for your child!

Since everyone in a family is affected by the presence of diabetes, siblings are encouraged to attend. Siblings will be accepted as space allows and once a completed application is submitted.

Your child's safety at camp is the primary concern of our outstanding medical staff, led by Dr. Sheila Gunn from Texas Children's Hospital. Supervision of the children during all of their activities will be by members of the Junior League of Houston and other volunteers.

Parents, guardians, and caregivers are encouraged to attend and participate in Camp Rainbow’s Parent University activities while their child is at camp. Please see below for more information or contact Aimee Schultze at aschultze@diabetes.org or 713-977-7706 ext 6085.

The American Diabetes Association is committed to providing educational information and referral services for children with diabetes and their families, advocating for fair and quality treatment of children with diabetes in schools, and increasing federal funding for diabetes research

Camp Fees

Non-refundable Deposit: $25
Camp Fee: $125
Total Camp Fee: $150

Extra T-shirt Fee: $6

Camp fees include one American Diabetes Association Camp T-shirt, snacks and beverages, supervised program activities and most diabetes supplies. 

Campers who register late may be placed on a waitlist, siblings are accepted as space allows.

Application Process is Closed

CIT Information

CIT Ages: 14 to 17 (must be 14 by the start of camp)

Non-refundable Deposit: $25
CIT Fee: $125
Total CIT Fee: $150

The role of a Counselors-in-Training (CIT) is to assist counselors and medical staff throughout the day at camp. The CIT Program provides leadership and skill building for older campers. CITs are expected to participate thoughtfully and compassionately with younger campers, to take on responsibility, to follow and enforce the camp rules, to serve as a role model and be team members. The primary goal of the CIT Program is to offer a fun and supportive experience that will develop confidence, teamwork and leadership.

Due to the competitive nature of the program, we only accept a limited number of applicants. A separate application is required for the CIT program and requires two references. Once accepted, CITs must attend pre-camp training in the spring, as well as training the day before camp begins. 

More Information About the Camp

Financial Aid

The American Diabetes Association is committed to providing a camp experience to children living with diabetes, regardless of your ability to pay for camp. Financial assistance is available to families and you MUST be registered to apply for aid. 

To apply for financial aid, please complete the Financial Aid form included in the general application. Families must also send acceptable "Proof of Income Documentation" as listed on the 2017 Financial Aid application. 

All financial aid applications are due by May 5, 2017. Incomplete applications may result in a delay of your application decision. For more information, please contact Aimee Schultze at aschultze@diabetes.org or 713-977-7706 ext 6085.

Parent University

During the week of Camp Rainbow, there are two opportunities for parents and guardians to meet and network with other camp families and to learn more about diabetes care and management. A Parent Brunch is held on the second day of camp and Parent's Day is held on the last day of camp. Parents are invited to attend both events and to take part in discussions about the latest diabetes research and treatments and a host of other topics to be determined closer to Camp. Please review your acceptance packet and camper folder for more information about Parent University events during the week of camp. 

Immunizations

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 www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/. Please note that the HPV vaccine is not required for Camp.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

The Medallion Foundation
The Louis D Tilotta Charitable Foundation
Texas Children’s Hospital
The Junior League of Houston
Eli Lilly
The Strake Foundation
HEB
Animas