{Sunday Survey} Day Camp

by Leighann on May 22, 2011

(Updated below with survey results!)

I am considering sending my daughter to day camp for a week this summer. This is not a diabetes-specific camp. The camp does not have a nurse on staff, but several of the staff members work in the local school system including one teacher who knows my child and herself has a child with diabetes. The camp is from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and includes a snack time and swimming. The camp is located just five minutes from my office.

I want her to be a carefree kid and have the same experiences as her peers. She would have so much fun at this camp, I think!

So my question this week is:

Would you send your child to day camp?

Survey Results: 78% of respondents said they would send their child to day camp is a staff memeber would be trained to check blood sugar levels, portion snacks, learn signs of hypoglycemia, and how to use glucagon.

I’d love for you to leave a comment about your experience with day camp or thoughts about non-diabetes camps.

Have an idea for a Sunday Survey? Please let me know.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Matt Jones May 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

I have done everything I can to empower and support my child in managing his condition independent of outside assistance (as much as is age-appropriate). I don’t let diabetes define him; it isn’t who he is so much as just another part of him. I’m not going to deny my child the experiences of his childhood because of my own fears. No need for a nurse! As long as a dependable individual on the staff steps up and learns these things, my child can handle the rest!

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2 Kaileen Gibbs May 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

I voted yes, without a second thought: but my girl is almost 12. I might have a second thought if she were younger. But with the camp being so close to the office, I’d more than likely let her go, anyway.

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3 linda May 22, 2011 at 10:09 am

i send my son (now 13y.o., has T1D for 6 yrs) to robotics camp in the summer. 9-12 mon-fri. only 1 teacher. no snack time. no one with any special training. BUT–i make sure the teacher knows signs/symptoms & errs on the side of caution & calls me with ANY questions. i am 5-10 minutes away. i figure he needs to learn to be independent (i’m not going to college with him!) & i can’t keep him sheltered forever. would i send him to an overnight camp without trained staff that was too far for me to get to quickly? absolutely not. but this is a good first step. 🙂

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4 Matt Jones May 22, 2011 at 10:09 am

Mine is going to be 7 at the end of June; he does all his own BG testing, carb counting, dosing and meal-planning. He measures his Novolog and Lantus, but doesn’t *quite* have the guts to administer the actual injections–yet. We’re grateful to be getting his pump in the next month or so– he’ll be completely self-managing (with my supervision) when we have it! *so proud*
🙂

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5 Heidi May 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

We send Jack to day camp every summer. For the first time, last summer, there was a nurse, but in the previous years, we we felt comfortable, because we were able to train counselors and camp administrators. And, even with a nurse on staff, we still trained staff and administrators last summer. If you want more information, please feel to email me. I’d be happy to talk about what we did to ensure his safety. And for the record, he’s had a blast every summer.

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6 Samantha May 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm

We have sent Matt to camp, sleep away camp that is, for the last 3 years, both before and after diagnosis. Last year I was not at all concerned, and he was on MDI. Now, he is techno-boy with his CGM and OmniPod and I feel like I need to make a specific appointment with the nurse on staff to go over everything, but I know HE knows enough about his own condition to advocate for himself which eases the anxiety quite a bit. It’s not totally gone, but I’m OK letting him go for 2 weeks this year!

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7 Alissa May 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm

This will be our first summer since Naomi’s dx, she is seven years old. Just this morning I was talking with another D Mama at church (our daughters w/ D are the same age) about summer camp. Our daughters….want to go to camp, want to be together, and won’t go without each other! So…the camp will not have a staff on nurse and there will not be any training for the staff. Our girls will be wearing their pumps (matching pink camo skins of course) and living it up at day camp together while also on the lookout for each other! I will be checking in on the girls as I’m sure the other mama will be as well. Camp is from 9-12 noon and has a snack time.

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8 Denise aka Mom of Bean May 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Bean went to a couple of VBS camps last summer shortly after dx but I talked with her teachers, sent her snacks, and she was on MDI at the time.
She’ll be going to a couple again this summer, but she’s more in tune with D and she’s a wiz at operating her PDM to control her pod. I’ll still talk to the teachers and make sure they understand what’s going on but I have more of a comfort level this summer for sure.
With what you’ve described, I think that day camp sounds like a great opportunity for her to have some ‘normal’ fun!!

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9 Heather May 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I am considering using the Summer Playground program this summer for my guy. It’s run, essentially, by the same staff that run the after-school program he attends now, and I’m very confident that they will be able to meet his needs. It will only be for a limited time each day (while I go to the gym), but the competence/training of the staff is a big consideration!

:O)

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