Diabetes camp is just what you need.
Sometimes camp is the best medicine.
And it’s the perfect place to make those much-needed connections a reality. Summer camp can be a lifeline for children living with diabetes and those at risk of developing type 2, as well as for their families. It’s a place where kids can learn independence and develop a new level of self-confidence—all within a safe and fun environment unlike any other.
The magic of camp
Every year, more than 6,600 campers and their families come together to share a week of summer fun, making memories that last a lifetime.
Diabetes is constant—children must manage it all day and all night and it never goes away. We know children with diabetes and their families walk a tightrope, keeping blood sugar levels not too low and not too high.
Camp can be an equalizer. Surrounded by peers who understand what it's like to live with diabetes, campers can share their fears and frustrations at the same time they celebrate milestones or "firsts.” Maybe it’s the first time they inject insulin or change a pump site without any help. Those moments don't go unnoticed; campers will often hear their name at morning announcements showcasing these "firsts," followed by clapping and cheers.
70 years. 100,000+ kids. Countless relieved parents.
Summer camp is a supportive community environment and it's not just for the kids. For many families, camp is the first time they feel comfortable leaving their child with someone else because doctors, nurses, and experts are on site, putting the health and safety of every camper first.
Learning while having fun
Camp really can be the best medicine. Kids get a traditional summer camp experience in a medically safe environment all while developing social skills, self-respect, and lifelong friendships. It helps boost their confidence and ability to care for themselves, including:
- Developing the skills to manage blood sugar
- Learning at their own pace
- Reducing feelings of isolation
- Bringing new hope and coping skills
Most kids don't realize how much they’re learning because they’re having fun. Our approach is learning by doing. We look for "teachable moments," and diabetes care is built into the daily schedule so kids can focus on having fun—swimming, canoeing, hiking, crafting, singing songs, practicing archery, studying astronomy, playing sports and more.