Diabetes care at Camp is very different from diabetes care at home. Our first priority is not perfecting blood glucose (BG) management but rather the safety of every camper so they can have fun at Camp.
Many factors affect BG at Camp and requires the medical team to estimate normal BG levels while being vigilant to prevent hypoglycemia.
Camp medical staff work with each camper individually. They manage BG by adjusting insulin levels and food intake to ensure the campers’ safety especially during high intensity activities such as swimming, hiking, waterfront and challenge courses.
Campers also take an active role in making decisions about their care under the supervision of licensed medical staff. Staff use “teachable moments” to introduce campers to new diabetes skills or fine tune their existing skills.
At check in, talk with the medical staff about your child’s typical daily activity level. At that time, you can also talk to the medical staff about any anticipated changes to insulin doses or pump settings.
Medical Care at Camp
In addition to monitoring BG levels and diabetes care plans for campers, Camp Medical staff also prepare for potential sick day care, emergency situations, as well as the expected cuts and scrapes from kids being in an outdoor environment.
We realize that campers may also have other medical conditions. The medical staff also work to provide appropriate care for those conditions.
All Camp medical staff aim to provide a SAFE and FUN camping experience. If you have questions or concerns about diabetes care at Camp, be sure to talk to the medical director.
About Our Medical Staff
All health professionals working at the American Diabetes Association Camps are licensed in the state where the Camp is held. The majority are also involved in diabetes care in their local community on a year-round basis.
Each Camp is staffed with a medical director and physician(s) experienced in diabetes care as well as registered nurses and dietitians who are often certified diabetes educators. Some Camps also have social workers, pharmacists and mental health specialists who work as a team to meet each camper’s specific medical needs while at Camp.