Ah, summer…swimming pools, vacation at the beach, and summer camp! For the child living with diabetes, however, summer camp isn’t so easy, and that is especially true of overnight camp.
Luckily, we have access to quite a few options in Virginia for both day camp and resident camp for children living with Type 1.
Camp Too Sweet: This is a camp exclusively for children with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, held at Camp Bethel near Roanoke, VA. It is run by Carillion Diabetes and Endocrinology, and staffs an on-site doctor and trained counselors. Activities include canoeing, rafting, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, and more. Summer camp will be held July 18-22 in summer 2016. Also check out their other weekend camps for kids, families, and teens. For more information, visit https://www.carilionclinic.org/diabetes-endocrinology/camp-too-sweet.
Camp Jordan: This also is a camp exclusively for teens with diabetes, rising grades 8-10. The camp is held at Makemie Woods outside Williamsburg, VA. It will be held the same week as Camp Too Sweet, July 18-23, and features similar activities. For more information, visit http://www.makwoods.org/camp-jordan-overview.html.
Kids for a Cure Club (KFCC): This is a day camp for Type 1s (no Type 2s allowed) for children in first grade through 12 years old. Located in Fredericksburg, VA and sponsored by Mary Washington Healthcare, the camp will be held June 20-23, 9:00-2:30. The camp is run by licensed nurses, all working in diabetes care. Visit http://www.marywashingtonhealthcare.com/images/2016_fiesta_kfcccamp_brochure.pdf to find out more.
Lions Diabetes Family Camp: This three day camp in Chesapeake Virginia is for families with a child living with Type 1, and will take place April 22-24. One parent is required to attend, and the weekend includes lots of fun activities, diabetes education, and more. Visit http://lions-of-virginia-24d.org/Diabetes_Camp.html.
There are many more camps in surrounding states:
- Lions Camp Merrick: In Nanjemoy, MD. http://lionscampmerrick.org
- Take Charge Family Camp: In High View, WV. http://www.brainycamps.com
- Camp Kno Koma: In Anthony, WV. http://campknokoma.com
- Camp Carolina Trails: In King, NC. http://www.campcarolinatrails.org/
- Camp Needles in the Pines: In Blounts Creek, NC. http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/pediatrics/Camp-Needles.cfm