The Lions District 4-L5 Camp for diabetic children ages 10-13 will be held in 2017 (our innaugural event) from September 29 to October 1 at Lions Camp at Wrightwood, California. A maximum of 15 children (one parent each) will be accepted. This year we are starting with children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Lions Make a Difference-Lions have a strong commitment to fight diabetes and diabetic eye disease. Whether they are hosting vision screenings in their local communities or volunteering at a diabetes recreational camp, they meet the challenge. LIONS WE SERVE!
Join Us For Our First Diabetes Camp for Kids! Together we can fight diabetes. Here's how you and your Club can help kids in your community:
1) Sponsor a Kid age 10 to 13 with diabetes (type 1 or 2) with a donation of $115.00. 2) Invite one parent to come with the child . 3) Costs for the parent/guardian is $120.00 for the weekend camp (night accommodations & meals). 4) inform your local school and community center. 5) BE A DIABETIC COORDINATOR; come to camp. We are training future Camp coordinators.
All health professionals working at the Lions Camp are licensed in the state where the Camp is held. The majority are also involved in diabetes care in their local community on a year-round basis.
The Camp is staffed with a Endocrinology Medical Doctor, physician(s) experienced in diabetes care as well as registered nurses and dietitians who are often certified diabetes educators. The Lions Camps also have pharmacists and Lions that volunteer their time to educate and help the kids.
Diabetes care at Camp is very different from diabetes care at home. Our first priority is not perfecting blood glucose(BG) management but rather the safety of every camper so they can have fun at Camp. Many factors affect BG at Camp and requires the medical team to estimate normal BG levels while being vigilant to prevent hypoglycemia. The Lions Camp has considered all the facts and camp medical staff work with each camper individually. They manage BG by adjusting insulin levels and food intake to ensure the campers' safety especially during high intensity activities such as swimming, hiking, waterfront and challenge courses..
Campers also take an active role in making decisions about their care under the supervision of licensed medical staff. Staff use "teachable moments" to introduce campers to new diabetes skills or fine tune their existing skills.
It is recommended that when you check in, you talk with the medical staff about your child's typical daily activity level. At that time, you can also talk to the medical staff about any anticipated changes to insulin doses or pump settings.
Diabetes means that your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Glucose comes from the food that you eat, and cells take the glucose and turn it into energy. but having too much glucose in your body is not healthy. there are these three main types of diabetes:
Type 1: Generally develops during childhood. a) The body produces little or none of its own insulin, a hormone that helps glucose get from the blood into the cells. b) People with Type 1 need to take insulin every day. c) Type 1 accounts for 3-5% of all diabetes worldwide.
Type 2: Usually develops in adulthood, although it is increasing in children and adolescents in all countries: a) The body does not make or use insulin well. b) People with Type 2 often need to take pills or insulin. c) It accounts for 90% or more of all diabetes globally.
The Lions Camps at Wrightwood and Teresita Pines offer a Campfire Area, Archery Range, Volleyball, Basketball, Hiking, Close to Jackson Lake, Professional Food Service, Self-cooking option available, Swimming Pool*, Climbing Wall and a Gaga Pit.
Lions Camp at Wrightwood is situated in the mountains of the Angeles National Forest high above the Mojave Desert and Los Angeles a few miles from the village of Wrightwood California..
The following are a few scenes at the camp to give you an idea of the Lions Diabetes Camp experience..
If you can't join us this year contact us and we'll let you know about future Diabetes Camps.