Camp is a magical summer experience for any child. For a child living with type 1 diabetes, knowing that our caring medical team takes on a parent’s responsibility to ensure every child is safe, a week at Diabetes Canada’s camping program is a life changing experience – both for the children who attend and their parents who stay at home.
That’s why our D-Camp programs are central to the mission and outreach of Diabetes Canada. While our organization strives to make greater impact for the 1.4 million British Columbians living with diabetes or prediabetes, we also advocated for policy change, create and share education for health care providers and support leading Canadian researchers working for better treatments and a cure.
My name is Trinity and I am 11 years old. Last year was my first year at Family Camp. It was the first camp I had ever been to and it was SO fun. I really enjoyed all of the activities and how I didn't feel different from everyone else. The food was great too!
I am 15 and have attended Camp Kakhamela for 6 years now. For me, Camp has been like a second home. Camp has helped me be more confident with my diabetes and gives me a sense of community. This year, I am applying to the Leadership Development Program so that I can give back by being a role model to younger campers!
My names Riley, and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on Mother’s Day, 2018. About six weeks later, I went to Camp Kakhamela. Camp helped me learn about how to manage my diabetes being a teenager. I met a lot of friends who have had type 1 diabetes for a long time, and who showed me tips and hints to make it easier. This will be my second year going, and I can’t wait!