2019 International Diabetes Camping Conference

2019 International Diabetes Camping Conference

February 17th & 18th, Nashville, Tennessee, USA


Thank you to the wonderful Conference Committee for making this year’s conference extraordinarily worthwhile!

Mark Barone, Ph. D.

Kim Boaz Wilson

Carla Cox, Ph. D., R. D., CDE,CSSD, FAADE

John Latimer

Dennis Pillion, Ph. D.

Donald Pirrie

Kat Schreve

Chris Takely

Over 100 leaders in diabetes camping from around the world attended this year’s  Diabetes Education and Camping Association’s International Diabetes Camping Conference.  They heard inspiring general session speakers; participated in thought provoking roundtable discussions; attended resourceful sessions; networked with peers and shared novel approaches that will enhance programming for those living with by diabetes.

Experts in the areas of diabetes health, youth programming, and organization management offered essential best practice sessions specifically suited to the diabetes camping community. Extraordinary general sessions motivated and inspired attendees to reach action-oriented, attainable goals.  It was a unique opportunity to learn new approaches while meeting peers and sponsors who can mentor and assist your efforts in the future.

Keynote Sessions

Bruce Buckingham, MD – Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at Stanford University School of Medicine and Principal Investigator on studies of continuous glucose monitoring and closed-loop systems in children. He gave the presentation: “Sensors, Pumps, and Closed-Loop Technologies – What Will Be Coming to Camp Within the Next Few Years.”

Tom Rosenberg, BS, MBA – President/CEO of the American Camp Association.  He addressed: “Mobile media screen time use by Gen-Z youth has skyrocketed & in-person social interaction has significantly declined. Researchers report that well-practiced core social-emotional skills, growth mindsets and 21st century learning skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity will be essential.”

David Bryfman, PhD – Chief Executive Officer at The Jewish Education Project. His extensive research into understanding adolescents brings a fresh understanding of what communities need to be doing in order to engage youth today, as we embed resilience and grit, knowledge, skills, and capacities to make their communities and country a better place.

General Sessions

Healthcare Sessions offer presentations with titles such as: “How to Utilize Advances in Diabetes Technology at Camp,” “Diabetes Toolbox: Basics of Diabetes Management at Camp,” “Diabetes Education Course at Camp for Health Care Professionals with Experience in Diabetes.” In addition Medical Round Table discussions were held.

Camp Program Sessions offer presentations with titles such as: “It takes A Village: Enculturating Diabetes Management With Full Time Summer Staff,” “Leadership Development Programs – Teaching More Than How To Be An Idea Counselor,” “An The Oscar Goes to – Illustrations Of Important Training Concepts Concerning Bullying, Communication, Teamwork And More Using The Big Screen.”  In addition Camp Program  Round Table discussions were held.

Administration/Management Sessions offer presentations with titles such as:  “Camp Counts: Demonstrating The Value of Camp Through Research and Evaluation,” “Using Your Strengths to Lead and Grow.” In addition Administration/Management Round Table discussions were held.

Additional Information

The conference was held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. A limited number of rooms were designated for DECA Conference attendees at The Inn At Opryland.  Reserve your room now.

The conference began in the early afternoon on Sunday, February 17th and concluded late afternoon on Monday, February 18th.  Registration included lunch on Monday.

Representatives of DECA Member Camps are eligible for a 25% Conference Registration Fee Discount.  Check with your Executive Director or Camp Director for the Discount Code to be used during registration.


Stay tuned for updates on our 2020 DECA conference! While final details are TBD, keep in mind that our usual timing is in conjunction with the annual American Camp Association conference — which will be held Feb. 11-14, 2020 in San Diego, CA. We’ll share more on our next DECA annual meeting soon!