Regis­tra­tion dead­line nears for camp for chil­dren with di­a­betes

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EAS­TON — En­roll­ment is now open for Shore Kids Camp, a four-day camp ex­pe­ri­ence for chil­dren (ages 8-13) with di­a­betes that will take place July 17-21, at MEBA Engi­neer­ing School on Route 33, Ox­ford Road, in Eas­ton.

Pro­vided by Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health, Shore Kids Camp helps chil­dren with di­a­betes learn more about their dis­ease and how to man­age it in a safe and healthy en­vi­ron­ment while en­joy­ing many ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing bowl­ing, boat rides, and vis­its to or­ganic farms and area mu­se­ums.

The camp is man­aged by pe­di­atric nurses with ex­pe­ri­ence in di­a­betes who are as­sisted by high school and col­lege stu­dents as vol­un­teers. It also re­ceives sup­port from var­ied com­mu­nity groups, in­clud­ing lo­cal Li­ons Clubs, Ro­tary Clubs, and the Tal­bot County Pub­lic Schools field hockey teams.

“There is no other ac­tiv­ity like this on the East­ern Shore,” says Wynne Aroom, pa­tient ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist, UM Shore Re­gional Health. “The di­a­betes camps across the Bay Bridge are overnight camps — many par­ents are re­luc­tant to send their young chil­dren that far away while others find the cost of ‘sleep-away’ camp pro­hib­i­tive.

The ed­u­ca­tional as­pect of the camp ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes guest speak­ers from the hos­pi­tal and com­mu­nity such as di­eti­tians, other di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tors, nurses with di­a­betes, po­di­a­trists, den­tal hy­gien­ists and oph­thal­mol­o­gists. The chil­dren also play var­i­ous learn­ing games.

“These ac­tiv­i­ties help boost the chil­dren’s con­fi­dence that they can sur­vive with­out their par­ents,” Aroom said. “In many cases, they are the only child in their school class with di­a­betes, which is ver y chal­leng­ing for them.

“At Shore Kids Camp, there is a lot of shar­ing and learn­ing from each other, so they feel less alone in the chal­lenges they face daily,” she said.

Aroom also said Shore Kids Camp helps par­ents by pro­vid­ing needed respite from round-the-clock vig­i­lance and the con­fi­dence that their child is hav­ing fun in a safe en­vi­ron­ment, as well as the op­por­tu­nity to meet and talk with other fam­i­lies cop­ing with Type 2 di­a­betes.

The camp fee is $75 per child and the regis­tra­tion dead­line is July 7, 2017. For fur­ther de­tails, con­tact Wynne Aroom, 410-8221000, ext. 5286, or wa­room@

As part of the Univer­sity of Mary­land Med­i­cal Sys­tem (UMMS), Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health is the prin­ci­pal provider of com­pre­hen­sive health care ser­vices for more than 170,000 res­i­dents of Caro­line, Dorch­ester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties on Mary­land’s East­ern Shore. UM Shore Re­gional Health’s team of more than 2,500 em­ploy­ees, med­i­cal staff, board mem­bers, and vol­un­teers works with var­i­ous com­mu­nity part­ners to ful­fill the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mis­sion of Cre­at­ing Health­ier Com­mu­ni­ties To­gether.

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