Friday, July 06, 2007

Celebrating 50 Years of Diabetes Camping

This year Camp Conrad - Chinook celebrated its 50th year of offering summer camp to children who have Type 1 Diabetes. I learned about this camp when my 11 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes last January. We recently spent 4 days at the family camp session and found it to be a wonderful and awesome experience. The camp was originally built for the YMCA, but was bought by Dr. Chinook in 1957. The cabins have been renovated and running water will be available in each cabin by next summer. There is a dining hall, game room, swimming pool, basketball court, rock climbing wall, and campfire area. Each summer the camp offers 3 family sessions, 3 sessions for children ages 11-16, and transition camp for children ages 7-10. The best part about the family camp is connecting with other families who have Type 1 children and are dealing with similar issues. But, it is also a great place for children to meet other children with the same concerns. The majority of counselors have Type 1 Diabetes too, and/or have been coming to the camp for many years. If you know anyone who would benefit from this camp, please visit the Diabetic Youth Services website at http://www.dys.org/camps.htm for more information.

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