The Canadian Diabetes Association’s camping tradition began in 1953 with the opening of Camp Banting in Eastern Ontario.
Since then, our camping program has grown extensively, and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) now operates 12 successful programs across Canada. Since the beginning, the focus of our camps has been to provide children living with type 1 diabetes with opportunities to enjoy an authentic camp experience while having all of their diabetes needs monitored by a dedicated team of trained medical professionals.
While at camp, children learn about diabetes management in an enriching, safe and fun environment. At camp, diabetes education is experiential; meaning that learning about how to better manage diabetes happens through doing. These experiences result in “ah – ha!” moments and “diabetes milestones.” When children leave camp, they will have also gained a new level of independence in managing their diabetes and feel empowered to continue the healthy practices they learned at camp. In fact, many of our camp alumni recall that camp was the first time they administrated their own insulin or handled their own pump site insertion – a major accomplishment in the life of a child living with diabetes!
Visit our D-Camps website to apply for camp and to learn more about our camp programs.
D-Camps 2014: The Year in Review
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