Okay, I need your help. Because I do not know from personal experience; I seek your input today. It is May 2nd and families are getting ready to send their child(ren) to camp. Our kids did not attend summer camp, or by time Kaitlyn did–she did as a counselor–but it surely is a topic THAT MUST be addressed.
Kindly share your experience going to diabetes camp for the first time, or every summer; having diabetes and going to a non-diabetes camp—what tidbits can you add? Not going away to camp but a day camp—what do you know?
One of my favorite people on this living earth is Shelly Yeager. Few people have the love deep within her heart for our young people than Shelly. Her work at The Barton Camp, the Diabetes Education and Camping Association, and more recently with Young Leaders in IDF also has made her a powerhouse of knowledge. Camps can be such a huge asset to any family dealing with diabetes and Shelly taught me that over the years. The amount of education that is poured into these camps is just incredible. And…..they’re a load of fun.
You can learn a good deal by going to the site of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (they have a camp locator by state) but I also believe that some great advice from others adding their own personal experiences will be a huge help as well.
What did your kids like about it, what did you do to get them ready, were you in contact with your kids while they were away–and how did you deal with that aspect, how can one get financial assistance in attending, did you weigh sleep-over vs. day camp????? Our friends overseas….share what you know also; where should people turn for help in your country? All just some questions that need answers and could help others.
And PLEASE feel free to tell us about a camp you love (and add their link); this is all information that people might be able to use.
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Camps—-the season is open!
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