May 19, 2005, 10:34 AM
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A Special Summer for Type 1 Campers
“Camp Huronda is all about putting the fun in summertime,” says Whitney Binns, Communications Officer of the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) – from her office in Toronto, Canada.
The camp's summer program is designed to provide an educational opportunity for 370 children to learn life-long diabetes management skills.
“The camp breaks down the barriers of having a long-term illness,” says Binns. “Children are in an atmosphere that provides for these kids. Problems with glucose testing, feeling low, and special meal plans are all taken care of.”
Binns continues – “Type 1 diabetic kids – formerly called juvenile diabetes – learn how to manage their diabetes among peers and trained professionals at Camp Huronda. They learn how to cope and build self-esteem.”
Camp Huronda is a special camp for type 1 campers, but regular camps also need to respond to the unique needs of diabetic children and teens.
Jocelyn Palm – owner and director of Glen Bernard Camp in Sundridge, Ontario – and the chair of the CDA’s National Camping Advisory – makes these recommendations to camp directors:
The camper’s medical needs and medication are detailed in their health record.
Talk to parents prior to camp.
Insure that the camp doctor, section director, counselors, and CIT’s are fully briefed.
Discuss the situation with the cabin group. Diabetic campers can explain their situation to fellow campers with the help of counselors and CIT’s
Set up a routine for the diabetic camper around insulin use and testing.
The camp director should speak personally with the diabetic person, and with all campers and staff with personal monitoring needs – injections, special foods – or other medical problems and questions.
Link for more information on the Canadian Diabetic Association
Link for information on American Diabetic Association Summer Camps
Permission to distribute ADA material:
“Copyright © 2005 American Diabetes Association
Reprinted with permission from The American Diabetes Association.”
Stephen Winbaum is the Communications Coordinator of MySummerCamps.com
(This post was edited by stephenwinbaum on Jan 17, 2009, 8:26 PM)