Summer Camps

Welcome to Florida Diabetes Camp, where adventure meets empowerment for children with type 1 diabetes. Our unique summer camp programs combine the thrill of traditional camp activities with specialized care and valuable diabetes education, all within a nurturing community.

 

Under the guidance of pediatric endocrinologists, our camp ensures a safe environment tailored for children with type 1 diabetes. Our campers settle into age-specific cabins, fostering friendships and comfort. Trained counselors, proficient in diabetes management, are on hand 24/7 to support and engage campers in a myriad of exciting activities.

 

From outdoor adventures like swimming and hiking to creative pursuits in arts and crafts, our camp offers diverse experiences to spark joy and camaraderie. Alongside the fun, campers participate in diabetes education sessions, gaining vital skills and knowledge to manage their condition confidently.

 

Read more below about each program, and register today to secure your spot for an unforgettable camp experience!

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Fun Sports Camp (Ages 15 to 18)

Dates: Sunday, June 9 – Friday, June 14, 2024
Location: Rotary’s Camp Florida (Brandon, FL)

Our Sports Camp, a dynamic six-day program based in Tampa, caters to young athletes aged 15-18, offering an exciting blend of sports, teamwork, and diabetes management education. Campers reside at Rotary’s Camp Florida in Brandon, FL, and travel daily to various Tampa Bay area venues, including high schools, community colleges, and universities, which generously provide their top-notch facilities and coaching staff for our sports clinics and games.

Participants have the opportunity to engage in a wide array of sports, from basketball, volleyball, soccer, and tennis to golf, baseball, water skiing, and more, under the expert guidance of college coaches and certified instructors. Evening activities add to the camp’s allure, with roller skating, bowling, and even a night out at Tropicana Field to watch the Tampa Bay Rays, ensuring the fun never stops.

Teen Sports Camp aims to involve campers in their diabetes management, promoting independence in diabetes care crucial for their transition to college and beyond. Foster enduring friendships and mentorships, encourage a lifelong passion for sports, and nurture the independence needed for future success. Join us for an empowering summer where sportsmanship and health go hand in hand!

Tallahassee Area Camp (Ages 7 to 12)

Dates: Tuesday, June 11 – Saturday, June 15, 2024
Location: Dogwood Acres Camp (Chipley, FL)

Discover our Tallahassee Area Camp for kids aged 7 to 12, set in the beautiful Dogwood Acres, a 457-acre expanse of pristine forests, freshwater streams, and adventure. This five-day camp for campers, combines the excitement of outdoor activities with essential diabetes education and care.

Camp life here focuses on connecting children with peers who share similar experiences, making it a special place where they realize they’re not alone in their diabetes journey. Activities, ranging from arts and crafts to swimming to outdoor sports, are designed to show that fun has no limits.

Educationally, we empower our campers with diabetes self-care skills, fostering independence and confidence. Spearheaded by pediatric endocrinologists and supported by a medical team from the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, our camp ensures a medically supervised, nurturing setting. Join us at the Tallahassee Area Camp for a fulfilling experience where nature, adventure, and diabetes education blend seamlessly, paving the way for lifelong memories and friendships.

“Pee-Wee” Camp (Ages 5 to 9)

Dates: Sunday, July 14 to Friday, July 19, 2024
Location: Rotary’s Camp Florida (Brandon, FL)

Welcome to PeeWee Camp at Rotary’s Camp Florida, a magical six-day journey designed for our youngest campers aged 5 to 9. Nestled near Tampa, this camp is a gateway for little adventurers to experience the joy of summer camp, forge lasting friendships, and embrace the great outdoors.

From nature explorations and swimming lessons to creative arts and crafts, each day is packed with experiences that spark curiosity and joy. Evening carnival events and storytelling moments add to the camp’s enchanting atmosphere, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Join us for an enriching experience that combines joy, learning, and personal growth in a nurturing community.

Camp Winona

Session 1 (Ages 12-14): Sunday, July 21 – Friday, July 26, 2024
Session 2 (Ages 9-12): Sunday, August 4 – Friday, August 9, 2024

Location: YMCA Camp Winona (De Leon Springs, FL)

Located near the scenic Ocala National Forest in Central Florida, Camp Winona is the home of our largest programs, two week-long overnight camp experiences for ages 9-12 and 12-14. Campers can enjoy swimming, canoeing, fun-yaking, blobbing, and more, fostering teamwork through sports and cabin challenges. Evenings come alive with beach parties, carnivals, dances, and scavenger hunts, making every moment at Camp Winona unforgettable.

Alongside a dedicated team of healthcare professionals, including on-site physicians, nurses, dieticians, and mental health experts, campers learn valuable life skills to take charge of their diabetes care, build independence, and find motivation through deep connections with peers and mentors who understand their journey.