Camping with diabetes
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).
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.