Since 1956, Diabetes SA has run camps for children living with type 1 diabetes.
Camps are an important source of practical and emotional support for children and adolescents living with type 1 diabetes.
They provide an opportunity to meet and connect with peers living with diabetes and to increase personal knowledge of managing diabetes.
The aim of our camps is for young people to develop the skills and confidence to self-manage their condition while leading an active and fulfilling life.
Currently Diabetes SA conducts two camps per year:
- Kids’ Camp for children aged between 10-12 years.
- Teen Camp for adolescents aged between 13-16 years.
Camp is often a life-changing experience for all involved including campers, parents, staff and volunteers.
For more information: Volunteering.
In their own words…
“It was literally the best thing to be a part of.” (From feedback form)
“Thank you Diabetes SA for continuing to run such an amazing program. It wasn’t until my daughter started to camp that she embraced her diabetes – showing the kids it is no reason not to live life to the full and have some amazing fun times along the way is very beneficial to them.” (From Facebook, parent)
“Thanks Diabetes SA for giving these kids the opportunity to attend the camps. It is a great confidence builder for our children with T1D, and lovely friendships are built from the time they spend on camp. Both the kids and teen’s camps are extremely worthwhile. Thank you everyone who volunteers at the camps and also to the sponsors and staff of Diabetes SA.” (From Facebook, parent)
“As a person who went on a camp, I truly recommend it. I did my first injection on camp, a few months after diagnosis.. beforehand my mum had to be available for my injections. On camp, it was normal, and I did it myself (and forever after!). I have made lifelong friends through camps, and am proud to have been a volunteer on many camps. I missed one ‘cos it clashed with an event I entered to run 100km. I'm so proud to have helped a few young people do their first injections.” (Volunteer)
“On camp, it’s a chance to do crazy activities, and be supported by professionals. A chance for the family at home to sleep in, without waking up to do finger pricks overnight. A chance to eat different food, under the guidance of the dietitian. I’m glad I went! Nothing we can’t do, except produce insulin!!” (From Facebook, past camper)
“It’s a great opportunity to meet and talk with other that have diabetes and feel good within yourself about it.” (From camp evaluations, camper)
“Being able to see the kids and how they cope with life puts into perspective my own life and helps me to want to be a better person.” (From camp evaluations, Health Professional volunteer)
“I always find it very motivating, and fulfilling being a part of camp.” (From camp evaluations, Health Professional volunteer)
Links to explore…
For more camp photos visit our Facebook page: 2019 Kids Camp photos, 2019 Teen camp photos
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