A diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes changes the life of a child forever. Days filled with school, sports, and activities are quickly replaced by blood tests, insulin injections, and carbohydrate calculations. Every step required to manage their diabetes is a step away from what children see as “normal.” But at Camp Sweeney, Type 1 diabetes is normal. And when diabetes disappears, every camper can show what makes them special, not what makes them different.
The traditional summer sessions span June and July each year. Approximately 250 campers, ages 5 to 18, fill the cabins and campgrounds for three weeks of fun, fellowship, medical education and lifestyle enhancement. The length and intensity of these sessions are the reasons campers obtain successful diabetes management.
**First Session: June 6 – 24, 2021
**Second Session: June 27 – July 15, 2021
**Third Session: July 18 – August 5, 2021
To apply for financial assistance fill out the financial assistance section on the camper application. Be sure to send in proof of income documentation as listed in that section. Financial aid is available for children who have diabetes or who are at risk of developing diabetes. Financial assistance is not available for non-diabetic campers or additional sessions. To request more information about financial aid, please contact our registrar, Kelley King.
The impact of Camp Sweeney goes far beyond the summer. After just one session at camp, many campers see substantial improvements in their diabetic control. There were 108 campers who attended Camp Sweeney in 2017 and 2018 with an initial Hemoglobin A1c of 8.9 or above. One year after attending camp, their HgA1c had improved by an average of 1.3.