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Diabetes Camps for Kids Article Archives

April 2013

My Hopes for You

Through hard work of many volunteers, and certainly God's grace

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 15, 2013

March 2013

Diabetes Is No Slam Dunk

Monica Joyce had an idea. It wasn't original, but a good idea inspired by another.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 20, 2013

January 2013

Each One of Us Inspires the Other

Every spring since 1999, the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) has distributed our publication to their young campers. In honor of their youthful enthusiasm, our springtime issue always focuses on people who inspire us, from the young to the old. In this issue, we bring you the stories of people who refuse to let their diabetes limit them, people whose example re-ignites our determination to live our very best and healthiest lives. As a publisher, I am always seeking inspiration, and each of these individuals is a fresh reminder of what we can do if we put our minds to it.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 19, 2013

September 2011

A “Broken Pancreas” Doesn’t Stop This Photographer on a Mission

When Ken Kotch was young, he used to tell his friends that he had a "broken pancreas" to explain his type 1 diabetes. Diagnosed in 1988 at eight years old, initially Kotch had no idea what it all meant. Describing his pancreas as "broken" just made sense to him at the time

comments 4 comments - Posted Sep 28, 2011

June 2010

Olympic XC Skier Kris Freeman Brings Story of Spirit and Tenacity to Campers with Diabetes

One of the most inspiring personalities of the 2010 Vancouver Games, Olympic cross-country skier Kris Freeman sheds his skis and poles this week to kick off his 6th annual diabetes summer camp tour with Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly Diabetes). Freeman, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 10 years ago at age 19, will share his amazing comeback story from coast to coast and encourage children with diabetes to continue pursuing their dreams.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 14, 2010

April 2010

Our Kids and Camps: April/May Digital Edition Is Now Available

While the words "diabetes" and "camp" may not sound like they belong in the same sentence for most people, they sure do for thousands of kids across the country. Diabetes camp is their time to share experiences, learn, and have fun with other kids who have diabetes. You'll find the usual camping activities like hiking, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, and sitting around the campfire, but also lessons on adjusting your insulin pump to compensate for sports and how to give yourself an injection.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2010

Summer Fun for Kids!

The Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) mission is to "promote communication, provide education, share resources, and serve as a worldwide voice to advance diabetes education and camping programs that meet the diverse needs of individuals and families."  DECA provides an international databse of diabetes camping organizations, and "Best Practices" tools for diabetes camp management.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2010

March 2010

Developing Youngsters' Power in Diabetes Self-Care: Dr. DeLoach Talks about Campamento Diabetes Safari

Dr. Stan De Loach is a bicultural, trilingual, Certified Diabetes Educator (one of the first 13 in Mexico) and clinical psychologist, not to mention a pianist, composer, and writer. Born and educated in the U.S., he has been a resident of Mexico for decades, and his first love is the annual bilingual diabetes camp that he co-founded, the four-day Campamento Diabetes Safari in Mexico.. 

comments 3 comments - Posted Mar 30, 2010

December 2009

Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler and Eli Lilly Will Send 44 Kids to ADA Camps Through the Touchdowns for Diabetes Campaign

CHICAGO, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Chicago Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler and Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) have already helped send 44 children to American Diabetes Association diabetes camps next summer - with four games left in the NFL season.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 18, 2009

July 2009

Three Cheers for Diabetes Camp!

How many times during your work with young people and their families have you wished that you could really help them through a rough time in their lives? Young people with diabetes and their families often feel overwhelmed, both physically and emotionally, by all that they must learn and manage. They can feel very alone if they don't know anyone who can understand their diabetes fears and trials.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 2, 2009

May 2009

Caring and Sharing with Diabetes

The second annual "Caring and Sharing Weekend" was held last weekend at the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, New York.  The free three-day weekend, which is organized by Pump Wear Inc., offered 15 families in the diabetes community an opportunity to relax, bond, and become inspired. The families, who either recommended themselves or were recommended by someone else, enjoyed beautiful weather, horseback riding, swimming, campfires, lots of hugs, and memories.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 5, 2009

March 2009

Volunteering at Diabetes Camp

It was in the spring of 2005 that I received a call from the director of the diabetes camp in the state where I lived and worked as a sales rep for a blood glucose meter company.  He was calling to ask if I would volunteer as a counselor at the week-long camp, which served around 200 campers, the vast majority with type 1 diabetes. I'd known for years that counselors were always in demand at the camp, but had never stepped forward to volunteer.  I'd heard the stories of how tough and exhausting it was keeping up with your group, performing 2:00 AM blood sugar checks, and ensuring that they all stayed safe and had fun.  Frankly, I'd always had serious doubts as to whether I was up to it.  This, however, was the first time that I had been directly asked to volunteer, and something inside me made me grudgingly agree.  As I drove to the campsite to begin that week in June, though, I'd be lying if I did not admit to being as nervous as any of the kids who were attending.

comments 5 comments - Posted Mar 6, 2009

Diabetes Camps List for 2009

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comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 3, 2009

November 2008

Young People With Diabetes Urgently Need Social and Psychological Support

According to a global survey studying children with diabetes, current healthcare systems are failing to give adequate social and psychological support to young people with diabetes. This lack of support often leads to poor control of their disease, resulting in long-term health complications. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 24, 2008

October 2008

You Can’t Push the River:  Self-Directed Education at Diabetes Camp in Mexico
You Can’t Push the River: Self-Directed Education at Diabetes Camp in Mexico

The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes peaks at 13 to 14 years of age, but at any age it immediately requires children and adolescents to learn many complex facets of glycemic self-management.  Dr. Elliot Joslin's belief of 85 years ago, that education is not just part of the treatment of diabetes, but rather the treatment itself, still holds true.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 6, 2008

August 2008

Family with Nine Kids, Three with Type 1, Finds There Are Some Silver Linings
Family with Nine Kids, Three with Type 1, Finds There Are Some Silver Linings

My husband and I have nine children. Elliott is our oldest and when he was diagnosed with type 1 at age 11 in 1996, we were blindsided. Neither my husband, nor I, nor anyone in our extended family had diabetes. Elliot had all of the classic symptoms: excessive thirst, frequent urination, uncontrollable hunger, occasional blurry vision, and (something I think a lot of parents don't recognize as a sign) bedwetting.  

comments 11 comments - Posted Aug 29, 2008

July 2008

Amputee Coalition of America Enjoys Record Attendance at its National Conference
Amputee Coalition of America Enjoys Record Attendance at its National Conference

The 2008 Amputee Coalition of America’s annual national conference in Atlanta June 19 through 22 set new attendance records, driven by interest in the proposed federal prosthetic parity law and other issues of importance to amputees.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 10, 2008

April 2008

2008 Directory of Campgrounds for Children and Teens With Diabetes
2008 Directory of Campgrounds for Children and Teens With Diabetes

This list has been provided by the Diabetes Education & Camping Association. To see the complete list, please visit the digital edition at the following link: http://digital.diabeteshealth.com/browse/08/04/40.html

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 25, 2008

Online Sweepstakes Contest Will Award 30 Summer Camp Scholarships to Kids

LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company that manufactures OneTouch blood glucose meters, is sponsoring an online sweepstakes for children with diabetes that will offer the opportunity to attend a diabetes camp for free this summer.  

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 16, 2008

In New York, Pump Wear Inc. Invites 14 Families to a Free Weekend Camp

On April 25-27, 14 families of children with diabetes will enjoy a weekend at the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., thanks to Pump Wear Inc., which manufactures insulin pump-related accessories.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 10, 2008

September 2007

Onward and Upward With Diabetes
Onward and Upward With Diabetes

Swaying in rhythm like drunk fans singing their team fight song, we campers bellowed our camp theme, clapping and banging on dining tables: "Shock, shock for Camp Firefly! We take the insulin - try not to cry!"

comments 7 comments - Posted Sep 18, 2007

June 2007

A CDE Reminisces about Diabetes Camping
A CDE Reminisces about Diabetes Camping "Before We Had Meters!"

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three, and I have lived with it for 62 years. I can still remember my mother learning to inject insulin into an orange at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 24, 2007

April 2007

Making a Difference
Making a Difference

Six years ago, Julie DeFruscio’s two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Two years later, her 13-year-old son was also diagnosed with type 1. And four months after that, her ten-year-old son diagnosed himself with diabetes - unfortunately, he was right.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 11, 2007

March 2007

Diabetes Camp Is More Than Cool
Diabetes Camp Is More Than Cool

Often kids with type 1 diabetes feel isolated. Even a sleepover is problematic, because other parents are often afraid to take on the care of a diabetic youngster. And finding a friend with diabetes is a challenge because it’s rare that anybody else in town has it: Only about one of every 600 children is affected.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2007

June 2006

Diabetes Camp 2006
Diabetes Camp 2006

Summer Fun for Kids! Complete listing of Diabetes Camp 2006

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 1, 2006

May 2006

Dudley Shoots to Help Kids With Diabetes
Dudley Shoots to Help Kids With Diabetes

When retired NBA center Chris Dudley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1981, the high school sophomore’s first concern was whether he would be able to continue playing sports.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2006

May 2005

Diabetes Camp
Diabetes Camp

There are few kinds of diabetes education that are more beneficial for youth than diabetes camp. The “father of diabetes treatment,” Elliot P. Joslin, often referred to camps as “islands of safety for children with diabetes.”

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2005

April 2005

Getting Ready for Diabetes Camp?
Getting Ready for Diabetes Camp?

It isn’t too early to be thinking about diabetes summer camp for your child.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2005

May 2003

Diabetes Camping Program Gets Funding From Donovan McNabb Foundation

A foundation headed by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has donated $150,000 to the American Diabetes Association's youth camping program.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2003

May 2002

More Summer Fun

The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc., of North Oxford, Massachusetts, is offering a range of overnight and day camping experiences for children with type 1 diabetes and their families in locations throughout the northeastern United States. The center recently launched day camps in several satellite locations, including New York City's Central Park and the towns of Newton and Worchester in Massachusetts.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2002

March 2002

Camp Scholarship Set Up in Zula Walters’ Name

On January 14, at the fourth annual Diabetes Camping conference held at the Clara Barton Diabetes Center in North Oxford, Massachusetts, TheraSense, Inc., of Alameda, California, presented the Diabetes Camping Association (DCA) with a $10,000 scholarship in honor of DCA Executive Director Zula Walters, who is preparing for retirement.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2002

June 2001

Who Says Little Kids Should Have All the Fun?

There is no doubt that camps are an educational and fun experience for kids with diabetes. But what about the big kids? Diabetes camps for adults age 17 and older do exist, and like camps for kids offer similar experiences.

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What I Did Last Summer

"Camps offer a support system that isn't available in other places because [kids] are meeting other kids with diabetes," says Suzanne Apsey, program director for Triangle D Camp of Northern Illinois.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2001

What I Did Last Summer-Camps Help Kids Take Control of Their Diabetes

Camps offer a support system that isn't available in other places because [kids] are meeting other kids with diabetes, says Suzanne Apsey, program director for Triangle D Camp of Northern Illinois.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2001

June 2000

Camps Help Kids Take Control of Their Diabetes

There are an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 young people who attend diabetes camps each summer. Summer camps provide young people, ages 6 to 18, an opportunity to effectively manage their diabetes in an environment that is educational, safe and fun.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2000

April 2000

LifeScan Sending Kids to Diabetes Camps

LifeScan and ChildrenWithDiabetes.com are sponsoring a scholarship program which will send 10 children with diabetes to diabetes camps this summer.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2000

No More Pencils, No More Books—It’s Time to Register for Camp

Soon after insulin was discovered, Leonard F. C. Wendt, MD, opened the first diabetes camp in Michigan. Since 1925, many more have opened across the nation.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2000

June 1998

Summer Camp Countdown

It's springtime and for most people this means spring cleaning or new romance. It holds another very special meaning for me and my family, however. It's the time of year I reserve a place for my family at diabetes camp. Five years ago, my son Joey, then two, was diagnosed with diabetes, and for the past three summers our family has been spending one week at diabetes camp.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1998

April 1997

Chris Dudley Blazes a Trail for Children with Diabetes

As a teenager, Chris Dudley was diagnosed with type I diabetes. At the time he was told that a person with diabetes could not become a professional basketball player. Through hard work and excellent control of his diabetes, Dudley proved that this was a fallacy. Today, Dudley is the starting center for the Portland Trail Blazers and one of the National Basketball Association's top defensive players.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 1997

New Insulin Has Campers Marching to a Different Drummer

Vivian Murray, RD, a type I for 32 years, is a camp director for children with diabetes. She was recently anticipating the possible problems she might encounter this summer supervising 230 enthusiastic kids.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 1997

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