CDE Community

Kids Camp Programme

The CDE runs an ongoing youth camp programme with the objective of providing an ideal non - confrontational arena for diabetes education encompassing: healthy nutrtion, insulin therapy, home glucose monitoring and management of acute emergencies and prevention of long - term complications. Children and adolescents are exposed to different environments, challenges and new gadgets.

Youth with Diabetes (YWD) is a non-profit NGO and supported by the CDE. In order to foster and encourage personal growth + empowerment, YWD assists in the running and operations of the CDE Camp Programme.

No longer feeling isolated and alone, campers meet other children with diabetes from all walks of life.

They have the opportunity to develop friendships and bonds that transcend age, sex, race and religion through the commonality of their diabetes. They also get to have fun in a safe environment while giving the parents and siblings a much needed breather from the constant stresses and strains of diabetes care.

The Camps are held over weekend and cater for the different age groups. We take approximately 40 kids on each camp.

This year we held our first Religious camp for our Jewish youth which was held on Sunday at a Shul. Just another way we strive to bring diabetes education and inspiration to all our youth.

Upcoming Kids Camp Dates for 2012:
  • 7-9th September 2012 - JHB & Port Elizabeth (Ages 8-13)
  • 21st - 23rd September 2012 - Kimberley (Ages 8-13)
  • 12-14th October 2012 - Cape Town (All age groups)

For further information on the Kids Camp programme please contact Kerry (Youth Chairperson) at or Allison (Operations Manager) at

The Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrine and Diabetes Society of South Africa (PAEDS-SA) and the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE) supported by Diabetes Educators Society of South Africa (DESSA) has prioritized diabetes camps as a tool to disseminate diabetes education, increase diabetes awareness and spread good medical practice to the corners of South Africa.

Although there is a countrywide network of diabetes Centres under the CDE, specialist and paediatric expertise is localized in major urban centres. Very little or almost no specialist knowledge and very few resources are available in semi-urban and rural areas.

Contact Sr Hester Davel for any further information -

The Diabetes Youth Leadership (DYL) Programme is run nationally. Teens with good diabetes care and leadership skills are invited to participate in a rigorous educational course. The course covers all areas of diabetes from basics to advanced topics, camping logistics and leadership training. The graduates are positive, well-educated diabetes ambassadors that are capable of educating communities, and mentoring newly diagnosed children. They also form the backbone of a successful Diabetes Camp Programme, by providing knowledgeable sentries that facilitate the smooth and safe operation of diabetes camps.