Having a major illness is certainly no picnic, much less a vacation, but kids and teens came together at Mapleton Baptist Park recently to learn that vacations and picnics are still events they can look forward to and enjoy!

Camp Adventure is a week-long adventure that teaches diabetes self-management skills to youth ages 12-17 in a fun and everyday way.

Activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, nightly campfires, swimming and spending the day partaking in various water sports at Long Lake are just a few of the activities campers took part in, all while learning more about diabetes, sharing stories with fellow campers about trials and tribulations of type 1 diabetes, monitoring equipment and keeping track of blood sugars.

Camp Adventure director Erica Ouellette, RN, BSN and Certified Diabetes Educator said, “Camp Adventure provides a safe, nurturing environment to overcome the challenges of living with diabetes by creating independence through learning roles and responsibilities of self-management.  It is about accepting the illness, and taking the steps to properly care for yourself.”

Camp Adventure is supported through the generosity of local groups, organizations, pharmaceutical companies and other diabetes related companies as well as Cary & Pines. “Without the support of these organizations, staff and volunteers, programs like this would not be possible. We are so thankful for such a caring and supportive community,” said Ouellette. Camp was attended by 25 youth and several staff and volunteers who offered individualized treatment assistance. It is held annually and plans are actively underway for another fun filled week of adventures next year. Participants who are interested in attending or sponsoring Camp Adventure can contact Cary & Pines Diabetes Care office at 498-1283.

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