All Florida Diabetes Camp programs are open to any child with type 1 diabetes, and while attending camp they are under the direct supervision of pediatric endocrinologists from around the state who volunteer at various programs. Campers are placed in cabins according to age/grade/sex and have trained counselors accompanying them 24 hours a day. All camps feature a variety of land and water activities as well as age appropriate diabetes education.
Held at various times and locations throughout the state, these programs allow a family to spend time together while learning to face issues related to diabetes as a unit. Family weekends provide diabetes education, nutrition education, psycho-social support, and a chance for kids, parents, and grandparents to get to know their doctor outside of the hospital setting. Family weekends allow kids with diabetes and their siblings to meet new friends, as well as given their parents the chance to do the same. These events prepare kids for the summer camp experience, and teach the whole family, that together, they can handle diabetes.
October 14-16 at Rotary’s Camp Florida in Brandon, FL
March at Camp Crystal Lake in Starke, FL
Teen Weekend is for youngsters age 12-17, and campers have the option to bring a friend of the same sex and approximate age. This weekend program allows for interactions amongst peer groups, as well as a learning experience for campers without diabetes. Educational sessions relating to “teen issues,” “school issues,” and “How-to-be-a-friend” are led by pediatric endocrinologists, nurses, dieticians and mental health professionals. We understand that networking and the support of a teen’s peers is critical at this age, so we provide fun and interactive activities such as a beach party, luaus, casino night, and a lot of land sports.
January 20-22, 2017 at YMCA Camp Winona in Deland, FL
Sam Fuld USF Diabetes Sports Camp
Sam Fuld Sports Camp allows young athletes ages 8 through 17, along with a sibling or friend to experience different sports taught by trained coaches all of whom have T1D. Campers choose 3 out of 8 possible sports to either learn for the first time or practice their skills during the weekend. Sports available include: baseball/softball, basketball, tennis, soccer, football, dance, cheerleading, and golf. The program also includes instructions on handling diabetes as an athlete from Pediatric Endocrinologists and athletes and coaches with diabetes, as well as the chance to meet new friends with diabetes. Cost is $70.00 per camper and the camp will be held February 4 and 5, 2017 at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Click Here for the Camp Flyer: English or Español
February 4-5, 2017 at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL
“Bring a Friend” Weekend:
Bring a friend weekend is open for kids ages 5 through 11, who may not have spent a night away from home before. This weekend offers a camping experience in a shortened setting where campers are allowed to bring a friend of the same sex and appropriate age if they so choose. Children participate in activities such as swimming, land sports, and arts and crafts. Children with diabetes are taught age appropriate self-management skills and children without diabetes learn about the disease and what their friends go through on a daily basis. All talks are led by the pediatric endocrinologist, nurses, dieticians and mental health professionals.
December, Everglades Youth Conservation Camp located at Seminole Pratt Whitney Road in West Palm Beach
April 8-9, 2017 at Rotary’s Camp Florida in Brandon, FL