Monday, March 07, 2005

Diabetes Camp!

"Since Leonard F.C. Wendt, MD opened the doors of the first diabetes camp in Michigan in 1925, the concept of specialized residential and day camps for children with diabetes has become widespread throughout the U.S. and many other parts of the world. It is estimated that worldwide camps serve 15,000–20,000 campers with diabetes each summer."~ADA Position Paper on Diabetes Camps

We weren't able to do a camp last year. Our son was diagnosed fairly late in the summer and by the time we able to do things like, oh, THINK COHERENTLY again, summer was just about over. But he really wants to do diabetes camp this summer! I hear diabetes camp is great. EVERYONE there, including the counselors, has diabetes. Everyone tests their blood sugars and has snacks or turns down their basals on their pump before hikes. There are family camps and camps just for the children.

Here is a wonderful link which lists camps throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico.