"The best week of summer!"
Camp Trios is a summer day camp program for children diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Campers are children ages 6 to 14 and mentors are ages 15 to 18. The goal of this three-day camp, the first of its kind in the Tri-Cities, is to teach participants about their diagnosis and provide them with tools for managing it in a way that doesn't limit their daily lives.
- Make a difference in the lives of children with Type 1 Diabetes so they have the opportunity to live healthy life
- Provide a safe learning environment to promote self-discipline and responsibility
- Provide a safe, healthy, fun environment by partnering with physicians, nurses, diabetes educators, dietitians, staff, and volunteers
- Provide education that expands the knowledge and understanding of diabetes
- Improve self-diabetes management by regularly making better choices and ultimately improving overall health
- Educate children regarding their diabetes, while promoting independence, self-discipline, and responsibilty
- Offer opportunities for children and families to meet others who are facing the same challenges
- Provide an ongoing network of resources to support children with Type 1 Diabetes and their families
- Empower children to recognize limitless opportunities when diabetes is properly managed
- Build lifelong relationships between the children, staff, volunteers, and parents/guardians
- 3-day summer camp, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
- 70 kids, includes campers age 6-14 and mentors age 15-18
- Educational activities, healthy meals/snacks, and physical activities
- Recruitment is done through school nurses and physician practices
- Submitted applications for the camp are reviewed by a panel
- Those who are unable to pay the registration fee may receive a scholarship (no child is turned away)
- Trained physicians and other healthcare providers are on site with campers at all times
- Educational, age-appropriate activities for self-managing diabetes
- Healthy and carefully chosen mid-day meal and two snacks are provided each day and monitored by a registered dietitian
- Afternoons consist of monitored physical exercise, including fun group activities at the Southridge Sports Complex and Tri-City Court Club
- A physician and trained staff are present during afternoon activities for emergencies
- Families are invited to participate in the third day closing activities, which include door prizes, student recognition, and awards