Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease with no cure. Diabetes introduces kids to a new reality, one that makes them feel different from their friends. For many kids, there is no one else in their school or community who has diabetes and daily management of their disease can be a real challenge.
A diagnosis also requires a whole new set of skills for kids to learn: how to test their blood glucose (sugar) levels, prime a needle for injection, insert a pump site, count carbs, recognize high or low blood sugar, and maintain a balance between food, insulin and activity.
At D-Camps however, campers get a break from being different. Many children don't know anyone else also living with diabetes, at camp they have an opportunity to meet other kids living with type 1 and this increases their self esteem, creates lifelong connections and help them to live healthier lives. Many of our campers return to become leaders/staff.
The staff to camper ratio is approximately 2:1. This helps give parents peace of mind and ensures the best possible care for all campers. Diabetes requires around the clock maintenance and with the careful guidance of camp and medical staff children learn to independently self-manage their diabetes.
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