I happened upon a post a few weeks ago from a Seattle-area group called ConnecT1D for an upcoming Diabetes Family Camp the organization will be hosting next month. It sounded like so much fun! A weekend of family togetherness, campfires, mess hall dining and canoeing….all while connecting with other T1D families, and even learning some new things about living with Type 1:
ConnecT1D is founded on the simple principle that people with diabetes manage their disease better when they have connections to and support from others with diabetes. To live our mission to connect people with diabetes to each other and to disease management resources, ConnecT1D will host our first annual Family Camp, October 12-14th, 2012!
Our home for the weekend is Warm Beach Camp, about 50 miles north of Seattle. Families with children of all ages are welcome. The weekend’s agenda is packed full of presenters and breakout sessions covering a variety of key topics including: managing the emotional impact of diabetes, diabetes in your school, advanced pump and CGM use, and many more. The breakout sessions facilitate the sharing of tips, frustrations and encouragement.
While parents gain and share valuable insights into raising a family impacted by Type 1 Diabetes, the kids’ agenda is simple: FUN and FRIENDSHIP. Children (ages 0-12) will be paired up with energetic volunteers who are knowledgeable about Type 1 Diabetes. The kids programming and the Warm Beach facilities offer a wide-variety of age-appropriate activities to help kids meet other kids, just like them, who deal with diabetes every day. Teens ages 13 and up are eligible for junior camp counselor and camp counselor positions.
I filled out the scholarship application that night, but I waited to mention it to Evie, Will, and Luke until I knew if we were going to be able to go. A few days ago I received a phone call from a Camp Director with news that one of their generous donors will be sponsoring us for the weekend. I am absolutely thrilled, and grateful. And the kids’ eyes lit up when I told them all about it.
Let the Countdown To Camp begin….