Looking for a diabetes summer camp? There are hundreds of summer camps for children with diabetes across the country, but the American Diabetes Association (ADA) hosts something special each year. Their diabetes summer camps come stocked with over 2,000 medical professionals and volunteers who are well-versed in diabetes management and summer activities, assuring every child that attends the camp has fun in a safe and healthy environment. Keep reading for more on ADA’s diabetes summer camp.
What the camp offers
Diabetes care is built into the camp model. Here, campers might learn how to test their blood sugar or change their insulin pump for the first time. These milestones are celebrated to ensure the campers know how significant it is for them to manage their health independently. The camp also reduces the feeling of isolation that can be created by living with a chronic illness.
In addition to 24/7, hands-on diabetes care, the camp also offers typical summer camp activities, like swimming, canoeing, hiking, crafting, practicing archery, playing sports, and more.
The camp also offers something special for parents: caregiver respite. Caring for a child with diabetes can be a stressful, full-time responsibility. With this camp, parents can take the week to relax and rest easy knowing their camper is surrounded by well-trained healthcare professionals.
Due to having so many trained medical professionals on staff, the price tag of the camp is fairly high at $1,800 for a week of camp. However, subsidies and financial aid are available for qualified campers and families. In fact, 40% of campers receive some type of financial aid to attend the camp. ADA wants to make sure this diabetes summer camp is accessible to everyone, and their generous financial aid packages make that happen.
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