A major hurdle facing the roll-out of a national camping program is the considerable cost involved in running camps with respect to preparation time, meal and snack provisions, and transport and venue acquisition. The major industry players involved in diabetes care and the CDE have provided the initial funding and impetus for these endeavours, but ongoing financial support and commitment from industry and other organizations to the common goal are required for the programmes to flourish and expand.
A well-supported, functional and expanded Diabetes Camp Programme can spread knowledge and hope across the country. Thus we are requesting with much appreciation any donation or a sponsorship that may help us cover these weekends. Please contact Dr David Segal on 011 726-0016 or Sr Hester Davel on Tel: 011 712-6000 if you or your Company are able to assist us.
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 specialist knowledge and few resources are available in peri-urban and rural areas.
Diabetes camps have numerous advantages for the patient and family, the community and the diabetes care team. They provide an ideal non-confrontational arena for education encompassing: healthy nutrition, 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. 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 and supervised environment while giving the parents and siblings a much-needed breather from the constant stresses and strains of diabetes care.
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.
The camps are held over weekends and cater for different age groups. We take approximately 40 kids on each camp.
Camp Dates for 2010:
Kids camp (Ages 8-13) 19–21st February
Teen camp (Ages 14–18) 5–7th March
Kids Camp (Ages 8-13) 3-5th September
If you are interested in our Camp Programme for your child, you may download further information and the application forms here
Download the 2010 Camp Programme Flyer here