Children love summer camp. Children with diabetes are no exception. Diabetes camps provide safe environments around youth so that they can learn to independently manage their diabetes amongst peers and dedicated professionals in an atmosphere of excitement and adventure.
At Prisma Health Children’s Hospital, Camp Buddy is an annual 3-day day camp for children 6-12 years old who have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Fostering independence, support and friendships, this medically-supervised camp incorporates lots of fun activities including swimming, rock climbing, arts and crafts, field trips and team building games. Our on-site medical team are present throughout the duration of camp attending to the health of our campers and providing blood sugar checks, diabetes management and education throughout each day.
At Camp Buddy, you’re not the only kid with T1D, you’re the norm. A big part of the camp experience is peer interaction and an opportunity to meet older youth who are successfully living with T1D. Most of our camp counselors have been diagnosed with T1D themselves and share their successes while being honest about struggles in order to empower our campers—teaching them to use the tools and resources they need to live successfully with diabetes. Our message is simple, “You can do anything in life that you want!”