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    Florida Camp for Children and Youth with Diabetes

    Offices Located at PO Box 14136, Gainesville, FL 32604-2136

    352-334-1321

    DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC, ALL IN PERSON CAMPS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FOR SUMMER 2020, WE ARE PROVIDING A VIRTUAL CAMP EXPERIENCE AND EXPECT TO RESUME NORMAL OPERATIONS FALL 2020. Florida Diabetes Camp is much more than just “camp.” In addition to the usual recreational activities associated with camping, scheduled diabetes education sessions are conducted by pediatric endocrinologists and diabetes educators at all programs. Caring individuals provide motivation and support for the children to learn self-care, independence in diabetes management and good self-esteem. We aim to provide a fun, safe, educational and diabetes friendly camp environments for children with type 1 diabetes and their families where they can gain the confidence, skills and knowledge to achieve their full potential.

    Upcoming Florida Camp for Children and Youth with Diabetes Programs

    Bring A Friend Weekend - Brandon

    • Audience: Youth
    • Program Type: Overnight Camp
    • Location: Tampa, FL US

    Bring a friend weekend is open for kids ages 5 through 11, who may not have spent a night away from home before. This weekend offers a camping experience in a shortened setting where campers are allowed to bring a friend of the same sex and appropriate age if they so choose. Children participate in activities such as swimming, land sports, and arts and crafts. Children with diabetes are taught age appropriate self-management skills and children without diabetes learn about the disease and what their friends go through on a daily basis. All talks are led by the pediatric endocrinologist, nurses, dieticians and mental health professionals.

    Tampa Family Weekend

    • Audience: Families of Youth & Teen
    • Program Type: Overnight Camp
    • Location: Tampa, FL US

    Dates to be announced. Held at various times and locations throughout the state, these programs allow a family to spend time together while learning to face issues related to diabetes as a unit. Family weekends provide diabetes education, nutrition education, psycho-social support, and a chance for kids, parents, and grandparents to get to know their doctor outside of the hospital setting. Family weekends allow kids with diabetes and their siblings to meet new friends, as well as given their parents the chance to do the same. These events prepare kids for the summer camp experience, and teach the whole family, that together, they can handle diabetes.

    Cycling Adventure Camp 2021

    • Audience: Teen
    • Program Type: Overnight Camp
    • Location: Gainsville, FL US

    2021 Dates to be announced. Cycling adventure camp is a true camping experience for ages 15 through 18! These campers bike an average of 20 miles a day at various locations throughout North Central Florida. Campers sleep in tents at various parks where they get a real outdoor experience. Bike, helmets and tents are provided and every staff member, including doctors and nurses, is experienced in cycling. Campers completing this rigorous adventure, truly embody our motto; “I can handle it.”

    Bring A Friend Weekend - Palm Beach 2021

    • Audience: Youth
    • Program Type: Overnight Camp
    • Location: West Palm Beach, FL US

    Dates to be announced. Bring a friend weekend is open for kids ages 5 through 11, who may not have spent a night away from home before. This weekend offers a camping experience in a shortened setting where campers are allowed to bring a friend of the same sex and appropriate age if they so choose. Children participate in activities such as swimming, land sports, and arts and crafts. Children with diabetes are taught age appropriate self-management skills and children without diabetes learn about the disease and what their friends go through on a daily basis. All talks are led by the pediatric endocrinologist, nurses, dieticians and mental health professionals.

    Palm Beach Family Weekend

    • Audience: Families of Youth & Teen
    • Program Type: Overnight Camp
    • Location: West Palm Beach, FL US

    November 2020 TBA. Held at various times and locations throughout the state, these programs allow a family to spend time together while learning to face issues related to diabetes as a unit. Family weekends provide diabetes education, nutrition education, psycho-social support, and a chance for kids, parents, and grandparents to get to know their doctor outside of the hospital setting. Family weekends allow kids with diabetes and their siblings to meet new friends, as well as given their parents the chance to do the same. These events prepare kids for the summer camp experience, and teach the whole family, that together, they can handle diabetes.

    Florida Diabetes Camp at Home

    • Dates: July 12, 2020 to July 17, 2020
    • Audience: Youth & Teen
    • Program Type: Virtual Camp
    • Location: FL US

    Due to COVID-19 pandemic we had to make the tough choice to cancel all in person programs for the summer of 2020. We are planning an awesome camp experience from your own home. We will have staff members presenting outdoor activities, arts and crafts projects, a few meals, group chats and meet ups, and some diabetes education virtually. We will be sending camp boxes that will include the camp crafts, meal recipes with ingredient list, and some of the usual camp swag of backpack, water bottle, camp T-shirt, and other goodies

    Teen Weekend 2021

    • Dates: January 15, 2021 to January 17, 2021
    • Audience: Youth
    • Program Type: Overnight Camp
    • Location: De Leon Springs, FL US

    Teen Weekend is for youngsters age 12-17, and campers have the option to bring a friend of the same sex and approximate age. This weekend program allows for interactions amongst peer groups, as well as a learning experience for campers without diabetes. Educational sessions relating to “teen issues,” “school issues,” and “How-to-be-a-friend” are led by pediatric endocrinologists, nurses, dieticians and mental health professionals. We understand that networking and the support of a teen’s peers is critical at this age, so we provide fun and interactive activities such as a beach party, luaus, casino night, and a lot of land sports.

    Sam Fuld Camp 2021

    • Dates: February 13, 2021 to February 14, 2021
    • Audience: Youth & Teen
    • Program Type: Overnight Camp
    • Location: Tampa, FL US

    Sam Fuld Sports Camp allows young athletes ages 8 through 17, along with a sibling or friend to experience different sports taught by trained coaches all of whom have T1D. Campers choose 3 out of 9 possible sports to either learn for the first time or practice their skills during the weekend. Sports available include: baseball/softball, basketball, tennis, soccer, football, dance, cheerleading, and golf. The program also includes instructions on handling diabetes as an athlete from Pediatric Endocrinologists and athletes and coaches with diabetes, as well as the chance to meet new friends with diabetes. Cost is $85.00 per camper and the camp will be held February 13 and 14, 2021 at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

    Fun Sports Camp 2021

    • Dates: June 06, 2021 to June 11, 2021
    • Audience: Teen
    • Program Type: Overnight Camp
    • Location: Brandon, FL US

    Fun Sports Camp is for campers ages 15 to 18 to try out different sports while learning teamwork, and gaining independence in diabetes care. The campers stay at Rotary’s Camp Florida in Brandon, FL and bus to different venues each day. Activities are under the direction of various college coaches or certified instructors and include martial arts, volleyball, soccer, golf, basketball, tennis, and softball. Planned night activities include roller skating, bowling, and a night at Tropicana Field watching the Tampa Bay Rays play ball.

    Pee-Wee Camp 2021

    • Dates: June 13, 2021 to June 18, 2021
    • Audience: Youth
    • Program Type: Overnight Camp
    • Location: Brandon, FL US

    This camp is for youngsters ages 5 to 9 and designed to give them their first taste of summer camp while making friendships that will last a lifetime! This camp was created with little ones in mind, so activities are specifically tailored toward young children. Campers learn about nature, how to swim, diabetes management and more. Daily visits from the story lady, and different carnival events each night provide the kids with the genuine camp feel they are sure not to forget.

    Tallahassee Area Camp 2021

    • Dates: June 22, 2021 to June 26, 2021
    • Audience: Youth
    • Program Type: Overnight Camp
    • Location: Quincy, FL US

    Located just outside of Tallahassee at Centenary Camp in Quincy, Florida, this camp is for children age 7 through 12 (grades 2 through 5). Designed for campers from northern Florida, southern Georgia and Alabama, this five day camp is under the medical direction of doctors and nurses from Tallahassee and the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Diabetes Center. Activities offered for this camp include sports, swimming, arts and crafts, and diabetes education.

    Camp Winona Session I 2021

    • Dates: July 18, 2021 to July 25, 2021
    • Audience: Teen
    • Program Type: Overnight Camp
    • Location: De Leon Springs, FL US

    Divided into two sections, with one camp for campers ages 9 through 12 and one for ages 12 through 14, Winona camps are the largest programs offered. Each camp is staffed by three doctors, nurses, psychologists, and nutritionists. Winona is a rural setting on beautiful Lake Winona just outside of the Ocala National Forest. Activities for campers include swimming, canoeing, fun-yaking, and blobbing. Campers also learn teamwork through a high ropes course, team sports and cabin challenges. Nightly activities include a beach party, carnival, dance and a scavenger hunt.

    Camp Winona Session II 2021

    • Dates: July 31, 2021 to August 07, 2021
    • Audience: Youth
    • Program Type: Overnight Camp
    • Location: De Leon Springs, FL US

    Divided into two sections, with one camp for campers ages 9 through 12 and one for ages 12 through 14, Winona camps are the largest programs offered. Each camp is staffed by three doctors, nurses, psychologists, and nutritionists. Winona is a rural setting on beautiful Lake Winona just outside of the Ocala National Forest. Activities for campers include swimming, canoeing, fun-yaking, and blobbing. Campers also learn teamwork through a high ropes course, team sports and cabin challenges. Nightly activities include a beach party, carnival, dance and a scavenger hunt