Camp­ing with di­a­betes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HEALTH -

Camp Red Fox gives chil­dren with type 1 di­a­betes time in camp while also man­ag­ing their dis­ease

Chil­dren in P.E.I. with type 1 di­a­betes are able to get out­side and en­joy be­ing just another kid at camp, thanks to Camp Red Fox in Ca­noe Cove.

Kids with type 1 di­a­betes of­ten are over­whelmed by the daily de­mands of man­ag­ing their di­a­betes.

That’s why Di­a­betes Canada has opened a num­ber of Dcamps across the coun­try, in­clud­ing Camp Red Fox in P.E.I. Chil­dren and youth liv­ing with type 1 di­a­betes are able to en­joy an au­then­tic camp ex­pe­ri­ence with­out ex­pe­ri­enc­ing stigma about their dis­ease, while hav­ing all of their di­a­betes needs met by a team of skilled med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als.

“Chil­dren at­tend­ing camp have the op­por­tu­nity to meet oth­ers who share a per­sonal un­der­stand­ing of the chal­lenges of liv­ing with di­a­betes,” said Lara Abram­son, man­ager of camps and youth pro­grams with Di­a­betes Canada.

“For some chil­dren, our camp is also the first time they learn to ad­min­is­ter their own in­sulin — a mile­stone in the life of a child liv­ing with di­a­betes. Campers of­ten re­turn home ea­ger to be more in­de­pen­dent with their di­a­betes care and bet­ter able to man­age day-to­day hur­dles.”

Campers at the D-camp in Ca­noe Cove par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties that en­cour­age team-build­ing and fos­ter an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the out­doors such as swim­ming, pho­tog­ra­phy, out­door ed­u­ca­tion, archery, arts and crafts and sports. The camp ac­com­mo­dates 46 campers, ages seven to 14.

Med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als on-site at Camp Red Fox in­clude en­docri­nol­o­gists, doc­tors, nurses, di­eti­tians as well as health-care stu­dents, res­i­dents and in­terns. Type 1 di­a­betes re­quires vig­i­lant at­ten­tion and sup­port by a child’s pri­mary care­giver, so par­ents have peace of mind know­ing their chil­dren are mon­i­tored by a ded­i­cated team of trained med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als who are avail­able around the clock.

To learn more about Camp Red Fox and de­tails about regis­ter­ing for next year, visit www. dcamps.ca or call 1-800-BANT­ING (226-8464).

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Kids with type 1di­a­betes par­tic­i­pate in a num­ber of or­ga­nizied ac­tiv­i­ties at Camp Red Fox, in­clud­ing a paint/ colour game called “Artist Blitz.” Camper Ethan Shana­han, age 8, had fun play­ing this game in midJuly.

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