Camp Staff FAQs
Diabetes Management FAQs
Other FAQs
    • Will they have staff that can take care of my child's diabetes care?

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      Yes, all diabetes camps are staffed with trained professionals who understand and can render expert diabetes care to youth with diabetes.  It is important for parents to look for camps who follow the American Camping Association standards for camps and who set ratios for diabetes healthcare coverage that ensure your child is supervised by trained individuals.  DECA’s member camps are typically affiliated with major diabetes centers and diabetes professionals – endocrinologists, diabetes educators, mental health professionals and dietitians – who volunteer to coordinate and work at camps.  In addition, counselors, most of whom have diabetes and were campers themselves in youth, serve as role models.  All of these staff take pride in making sure that your child’s diabetes is expertly cared for.

    • How old are the counselors?

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      The American Camp Association standards minimum counselor age is eighteen, and this is the guideline that DECA recommends diabetes camp follow. DECA member camps typically have counselor or leader-in-training programs for their former campers who are sixteen and seventeen, who, if they successfully complete the program, become full counselors.  It is pretty common to have counselors that range from a minimum of eighteen through their twenties.

    • Do the counselors know about diabetes?

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      Yes, every counselor not only knows diabetes because many have diabetes or have a family member with diabetes, they also go through rigorous training before camp to learn accepted diabetes management practices.

    • Are there diabetes-trained nurses at camp?

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      Yes, typically one nurse for every 6-8 campers.

    • Are there doctors at camp?

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      Yes, depending on the camp, there are pediatric endocrinologists, endocrinologists, general pediatricians, pediatric residents and others who volunteer their time.

    • Can the camp handle my child's emotional needs?

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      Camp staff are trained to handle camper’s emotional needs during precamp and many camps have mental health staff available on site for special circumstances.  The most important thing is for you to share any and all concerns, behaviors or special circumstances about your child before he or she arrives at camp, so that the Camp Director and healthcare team ensure that the staff is ready to make the experience the best it can be for your child.  Transitions are important and pre-planning can really help!

    • What is the communication between the Camp Director/counselors with the parents while my child is at camp? How fast can I expect to receive a follow-up call if I am concerned about something?

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      Communication between parents and the camp varies depending on location, cell service, phone availability, mail service, etc.  Check the camp’s materials for more information.  However, if you have a specific concern or need to reach the camp regarding your child, an emergency contact is always available.  If you call and leave a message (because the phone is in use), you should expect a call back right away.  If your child is at an adventure camp and out of cell service, emergency response has been pre-determined.  Check adventure camp materials for details.

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