While the words “diabetes” and “camp” may not sound like they belong in the same sentence for most people, they sure do for thousands of kids across the country. Diabetes camp is their time to share experiences, learn, and have fun with other kids who have diabetes. You’ll find the usual camping activities like hiking, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, and sitting around the campfire, but also lessons on adjusting your insulin pump to compensate for sports and how to give yourself an injection.
There are hundreds of camps to choose from, and in this, our “Kids and Camps” issue, we bring you listings from across the country. The camps are well-equipped to handle all aspects of diabetes care and typically follow the American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines.
The Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) is the world’s only association of diabetes camps. Its mission is to “promote communication, provide education, share resources, and serve as a worldwide voice to advance diabetes education and camping programs that meet the diverse needs of individuals and families.”
DECA’s next International Camping Conference is scheduled for October 21 through 24, 2010, at the Grand Lido Braco Resort and Spa in Rio Bueno, Jamaica. The conference will address healthcare, administrative, and program aspects of diabetes camp. As well, experts from throughout the Islands, along with other top diabetes camping professionals, will present an array of workshops designed to enhance diabetes camping programs worldwide.
In the Living Well section of this issue, you will find Rachel Garlinghouse’s feature on “Vegetarianism” and some interesting information on what “sugar free” really means. Our feature on diabetes research funding, “Show Me the Money,” delves into the research focus of the federal and private sectors, how clinical trials work, and how the money is spent.
“Our Journey to Hope and Beyond” is the story of Elna Narula and her daughter’s mission to find out about and participate in clinical trials for children with type 1 diabetes. In “Developing Youngsters’ Power in Diabetes Self Care,” Dr. Stan De Loach sat down with Diabetes Health to discuss his Campamento Diabetes Safari and talk about empowering children, the isolation and depression that some children feel with the disease, and teaching coping strategies.
Remember, we are all in this together. Let’s help each other, work to keep ourselves and our children healthy through diet, exercise, and good healthcare, and, most importantly, educate!