Summer camp can be a transformative experience for any child, but it's especially powerful for a kid growing up with type 1 diabetes. Not only do they get the all-important typical benefits of summer camp—like greater independence, relationship building skills, and a love for the outdoors—Gales Creek Campers meet peers, mentors, and role models who are all facing the very same challenges they are. That can have a significant impact on how they see themselves and their own potential.
Our regular resident camps are one week long, starting Sunday afternoon and going through Friday morning. Campers are eligible for resident camps in the summer following 2nd grade.
We have weekend family camps for kids coming out of kindergarten and first grade.
To understand the challenges Gales Creek Camp is addressing, read through our Mission, Values, Vision, and Goals.
To read the science behind summer camp for kids with diabetes, read the study, "Diabetes Camp Still Matters," below.
To learn more about the benefits of summer camp in general, check out this American Camp Association article from Andy Pritikin (February 2020) and watch the videos from the ACA below.