My daughter recently returned from diabetes camp. She attended Camp Hopewell in Oxford, MS. This was her second year and she had a blast! My son has gone for 4 years but he was over the age limit this year (it’s 16). He loved it for years too.
Camp is such a great experience! She was hesitant to stay away for a week, but once she got there and saw all the girls her age, she was fine. She was able to see old friends from last year and meet new ones. And the best part, they all understand diabetes and what she goes through each day. She is not “different” there.
Camp also provides a great learning experience. She learned about carb counting when they had to fill out “carb sheet” each meal. She learned about changing her insulin pump infusion set and reservoir. She learned about lows and highs, checking ketones, and lots of diabetes topics. They don’t have education sessions per se, but learn through the experiences of the camp as they go through their daily schedules.
Another benefit of camp is for the parents. We parents need a break from diabetes sometimes. Diabetes camp is a perfect place to leave your child where you can know they are safe. The camps have a medical doctor, RN’s, and counselors with diabetes on staff. They know how to take care of a child with diabetes.
So consider diabetes camp for your child! It’s a great experience for your child, and a welcome break for you! For camps near you, visit American Diabetes Association-Camps