Diabetes Camps program
More than 1.1 million children and young adults are living with type 1 diabetes. Lions and Leos can help children and young adults living with diabetes by hosting a fun, interactive camp.
The Diabetes Camps program is designed to help enhance the quality of life for young people living with diabetes. This program fosters relationships that will help participants expand their diabetes management skills and increase knowledge of the disease.
What are diabetes camps?
A camp is a program for youth to gather and form a supportive network of peers. Camps help participants improve their diabetes management through educational and physical activities at a site away from home or school.
There are a wide variety of camps, such as day camps, overnight camps and even international exchange camps. Some clubs serve diabetes camps through volunteer hours, camp scholarships and fundraising, or planning and hosting a camp.
Did you know that in the year 2019, Lions and Leos reported 403 service activities in support of diabetes camps?
Diabetes Camps resources
Whether you are starting a diabetes camps program for the first time, trying to improve your program or attempting to restart a program after a long hiatus, the Diabetes Camps Handbook features topics that can help you achieve success — including how to choose a camp venue, diabetes management at camp and much more! You'll also find helpful event ideas in the Half-Day Diabetes Family Event Project Planner.
- Diabetes Camps Handbook—Coming soon!
- Diabetes Camps Handbook Appendices—Coming soon!
- Half-Day Diabetes Family Event Project Planner
Check out these other helpful resources that can help you plan and host an effective diabetes camps program.
- Developing local partnerships guide
- Fundraising guide
- Diabetes Peer Support Groups Workbook—Coming soon!
- Healthy Living for Type 2 Diabetes Project Planner
- Children's Nutrition Breakfast Project Planner
- Youth Camps and Exchange webpage
Diabetes Camps testimonials
Report your diabetes camp service
Have you performed service in relation to a diabetes camp? Report your service in the MyLion® section of your Lion Account or your regional reporting system. This information helps us to better support you!