What to Expect

We understand that parents and caregivers have a long list of health and safety concerns for their child.  You may be worried about food and nutrition, proper medical care and supplies, and managing diabetes during a week of high-energy activities while being away from home. No need to worry. A team of diabetes health care professionals at Camp MYDA is on site to take care of our campers.

The medical team at Camp MYDA:

  • Reviews and adjusts each camper’s diabetes care plan daily-taking into account increased physical activity levels at camp

  • Monitors and revises, as needed, the number of carbohydrates or the amount of insulin based on blood glucose readings and planned activities.

  • Provides information and education through fun, hands-on activities, chat sessions and taking advantage of “teachable moments.”

 

At Camp MYDA, families will find:

  • Trained and knowledgeable volunteers including counselors with diabetes

  • An onsite medical team

  • Onsite medical facilities, equipment and supplies

  • Tailored nutrition program for campers

  • Closely monitored and administered glucose testing, insulin injections and pump maintenance

  • Customized activity schedules that accommodate the needs of a child with diabetes

  • Overall focus on safety while not compromising on FUN!

 

Going to camp for the first time can be exciting at any age. First time campers usually have a lot of questions. We will provide as much information on the website as possible, please refer to our FAQ section (coming soon) and camper handbook (coming soon.) If you have additional questions please contact Tonya Fuhrmann, Camp Director (Tonyaf@mydiabetesalliance.org) with your questions anytime.

 

Getting ready for camp involves some shopping and some packing. Click here to get some ideas on what to pack (and what not to pack).  Once your camper is registered we will also be e-mailing you a Parent Packet (about 3 weeks prior to camp) that is full of helpful information.  Click here to read the 2023 Parent Handbook which contains more detailed information.

 

Each camper is part of a cabin community: 

The campers in each cabin are all similar in age and/or development level.  Our supervising counselors are all age 18 or older.  All counselors are required to provide us with references, undergo state and federal background checks, been interviewed and taken part in training and onsite orientation.  Commonly at least one counselor lives with T1D; and often the adjacent counselors are studying a medical geared program. Clinicians are available at every meal, before bedtime snack and whenever your camper may need an extra check-in.  Clinicians monitor blood sugars after bedtime from midnight until all campers are “in range”.

Camp MYDA does a world of good for children with diabetes. They encourage new activities, new ways to work and play with others, and even new foods. Diabetes camp plays a very special role in the growth and development of a child living with diabetes. It’s the one place where a child doesn’t have to explain about diabetes and it’s the one place a parent can trust that “lows” and “highs” are understood. We hope we can provide a week to families knowing their child is supervised by a group of diabetes specialists.

 

Campers can look forward to:

  • Fun in the great outdoors while enjoying new and challenging activities

  • Forming a support system of friends that last a lifetime

  • Enjoying camp knowing that there are people that understand diabetes.

 

Parents can look forward to:

  • Physicians and nurses with medical expertise providing around the clock supervision

  • Counselors who understand your child's needs and are strong role models

  • The daily tasks of the diabetes regimen are integrated into the camp educational activities

 

Camp Activities:

Activities vary by cabin and age, and include swimming, Gaga ball, arts and crafts, a camp wide dance, and so much more! We also have a daily T1D education sessions, practice counting carbs and making nutrition choices. Evening activities include a fire side talent show, awards, and singing!