Programs for Camps
Young Adults Leadership
  • Are You and Your Staff Ready for Diabetes Camp?

    DECA is offering several exciting and informative webinars this summer presented by leading diabetes camp and healthcare professionals beginning June 11, 2014 through our conference/webinar service to help get you and your camp staff ready for your best diabetes camp ever!    Webinar topics include best practices and cutting edge methodologies in bullying and noncompliance at camp, behavior strategies in the developmental life cycle of your campers and much more.  The webinar training series is provided at no charge to DECA member camps and their staff.

    Mark your calendars now for the first webinar in the series presented by Melissa Wehr, LISW, RPT-S on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 beginning at 2pm CDT.  “Survivor: Diabetes Edition - Session One” will address: “The Developmental Life Cycle, Why Noncompliance Occurs, and Diagnoses – explanations, symptoms and what you may see during camp”.  Melissa will present “Survivor: Diabetes Edition – Session Two” on Wednesday, June 25th at 2 pm CDT.  This session will address: “Brain Structure, Strategies to use during camp (helpful for all behaviors or diagnoses) and Beyond Camp”.

    Plan to join!  You won't want to miss a single webinar!

    Camp Mentoring Team

    Board development, fund raising, Leadership-in-Training program development, collaboration with local agencies – these are issues that many diabetes camps face.  DECA staff and professional camp volunteers from DECA’s community provide consultation to existing camps facing challenges.  DECA staff and volunteers also provide assistance to individuals and groups hoping to start camps.  Consultation services can range from a few phone calls to an intensive evaluation and training visit.  Staff stand ready to assist anyone whose mission is aligned with helping youth and families through diabetes camping programs.

    Diabetes Camping Leadership Training Conferences

    Diabetes camping professionals from across North America gathered at DECA's 2014 International Diabetes Camping Conference recently in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA .  Leaders in the areas of medicine, programs and administrative protocols offered valuable information to attendees for providing outstanding diabetes education camping programs.  In addition to the extraordinary training sessions, diabetes camping leaders had the opportunity to network with a number of likeminded participants. DECA's Diabetes Camping Conference was held in association with The American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey‘s Tri-State CAMP Conference: the largest gathering of camp professionals in the world.

    DECA has begun planning its 2015 Diabetes Camping Leadership Training Conference.  The location, dates and program overview will be forthcoming.

  • DLead Leadership Summit - September 29 & 30, 2013, Angeles Oaks, California

    This leadership conference will bring those interested in hosting their own DTreat together to learn the DTreat model so that they can host a DTreat for young adults in their local community.  $89 inclusive of food, lodging and shuttle from Ontario Airport outside Los Angeles.  Register at



    The Retreat for Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

    DTreat is a retreat program that connects young adults between the ages of 18-25 with type 1 diabetes. Young adults attending DTreat have the opportunity to attend discussions, workshops and social events on life-affecting topics such as:

    • Health insurance, navigating health care and finances
    • Exercise and nutrition
    • Time management with diabetes in your life
    • Stress management and relationships
    • Partying and other risky business…and more
    • Sexuality
    • How to handle your parents' fears

    DTreat programs are generously sponsored by many foundations, diabetes industry partners and others and are offered annually across the country.

    To find out more about DTreat, or to get involved in the DTreat community, visit the DTreat Facebook page.

    Young adults who are college students are encouraged to also visit our friends at College Diabetes Network, to find out about resources on your college campus or to start a chapter near you.

  • DLEAD – Young Adult Diabetes Leadership Development

    DLead connects dynamic young leaders to create and support innovative solutions that engage individuals in the positive development of the underserved type 1 diabetes community in North America.  DLead successfully launched DTreat, a retreat program for young adults that has been offered at college campuses across North America.  By providing support, cooperative educational programs and tools for healthy living, DTreat participants develop positive wellbeing and supportive social networks. For more information, visit the DTreat Facebook page.

    International Diabetes Federation Young Leaders Program (IDF) Young Leaders

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries.

    The IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes Program works to improve the lives of young people with diabetes through the development of future diabetes leaders.  DECA works with IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes Program to expand opportunities for young leaders worldwide, to facilitate partnerships, to promote the expansion of diabetes camps, to serve in training and mentoring capacities and to form partnerships for healthy futures.

    If you are a member of the IDF Young Leader in Diabetes Program and wish to post a request for information, please contact us.

    If you are a camp, organization or individual interested in reaching out to the IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes, please contact us.