Learning to live with diabetes can be challenging, especially for children. Kids don't like feeling different from their peers.
We are pleased to offer a Camp Too Sweet program for children and young adults (ages 8 to 16) who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. This week-long summer program teaches young people with diabetes the self-management skills that they need to take care of themselves.
All of the campers have diabetes, so children won't feel alone or different. We provide positive role models to help kids establish healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Camp Too Sweet focuses on helping campers accept their diabetes, teaching them how to live a healthy lifestyle and also, importantly, on having fun! Campers interact with other kids just like themselves, facing the same challenges, in the beautiful and exciting setting of our residential camp.
We partner with Camp Bethel, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and adjoining the Jefferson National Forest. Just 10 miles north of Roanoke, and easily accessible via Interstate-81 and U.S. Route 11, Camp Bethel provides a peaceful sanctuary with 470 acres of hiking trails, ponds, streams, open meadows, forests and rolling hills. Camp Bethel is accredited by the American Camping Association, which sets high standards for quality and camper safety.
Our camp is staffed by experienced counselors and graduates of outdoor recreation programs. Additionally, Camp Too Sweet is supported by Erica Reynolds, M.D., pediatric endocrinologist with Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital, who is on-site at the camp and by James Bailey III, M.D., endocrinologist with Endocrinology Associates, Inc., who is available on-call during the camp. Licensed healthcare providers monitor the campers' diabetes management 24 hours a day.
Camp Too Sweet offers a fun-filled experience that will teach your child skills that will last a lifetime. Activities include:
- Group games
- Music and singing
- Equestrian (English-style ring riding)
- Adventure tubing on James River
- Low-ropes group challenges
- High-ropes course (campers junior high age and older)
- Creek exploration
- Hiking camp trails
- Polar bear swims
- Educational sessions on diabetes care
Equestrian (English-style ring riding): Saddle up for a day of Equestrian skills and riding at Harmony Equestrian Center, just 4 miles from Camp Bethel! Tucked into these beautiful rolling hills, the fine professionals at Harmony will introduce you to riding and horse husbandry. This hands-on program covers horse safety, health and nutrition, grooming and use of equipment so you can tack up and mount for your day's riding lesson. Helmets, gear and professional leadership provided.
Campers live in supervised cabins with other children. Tuition for residential camp is $390 and includes all meals, snacks, lodging and activities for the week. Tuition for day camp is $230 and includes lunches, snacks, and daytime activities for the week.
For more information about Camp Too Sweet, please call Carilion Clinic Diabetes Management at 540-224-4360 or 800-767-4745.