1. Who is in charge of my
camper's medical needs? The camp medical staff always
has at least two doctors and four nurses on duty 24/7. All of the cabins
have either a doctor or a nurse visiting them during testing time. This
medical person is in charge of conferring with each camper in that cabin,
about: their blood sugar at that testing time; how/what they are planning
to take for their insulin dose, and also help the camper to figure out the
balance between the exercise and amount of insulin taken. If your camper
should get sick, we have a full health center on campus, which can take
care of most medical needs. If necessary, the camper can be taken to the
local hospital (Huggins Hospital, in Wolfeboro, NH), which is only about
15 minutes away. You will be contacted by phone if such a trip is
Does my camper have to bring his/her own insulin supplies?Your camper does not have to bring his/her
own insulin supplies. All supplies are provided for him/her, EXCEPT
those who are on a insulin pump. If your camper is on a insulin pump,
he/she must bring his/her own pump supplies to camp, and have them packed
into a Rubbermaid-type container, which is labeled with his/her name.
If my camper has special
dietary, do I bring his/her own food?
We have several campers come to camp needing special
diets (ie: celiac disease, lactose intolerance, etc.). Our dietary
makes every effort to make meals that are appropriate for your camper's
needs. Many campers with celiac disease do bring some of their own
foods from home. If you decide to do this, we ask that you put it in a
bag/container that is labeled carefully, with your camper's name. We also
encourage parents to contact our dietary coordinator to discuss your
child's special dietary needs.
5. How do I
handle fears of going to camp prior to Opening Day?Click here for a
guideline for parents of "First Time Campers". Keep in mind, that many of
these guidelines are not just for first timers! Many of our campers get
homesick while at camp---even those who have been to camp before! Two
weeks away from home can seem like a long time for some campers. Please
see the guidelines, we're sure that it will help you to prepare your
camper for camp!
The guideline available in this answer is in
PDF format and can be viewed with (free) Adobe Acrobat Reader.
6. Can I call my
camper during camp?
phone calls for campers are permitted during camp. Your camper can't call
you and you can't call your camper. HOWEVER, your MAY send your camper a
one-way e-mail message to keep in touch. Your camper will not be able to
respond to the e-mail, but these e-mail messages will be delivered to
your, just like the regular mail is delivered every day, during rest hour.
7. Do many campers
get homesick during camp?
the campers do get homesick. Many of the counselors are very good in
listening to your camper's concerns; and they will work hard to help
him/her get through homesickness. Remember: it is okay to get homesick,
and most people do! But we want your camper to have fun at camp, and meet
as many people like themselves, who have diabetes! Remember too: your
camper can bring something from home (a stuffed animal, a picture of the
family) that will help him/her feel better about missing home.
8. Do many of the
counselors at camp have diabetes like my camper?
YES! Our Camp Director, Phyllis, tries very hard to
have as many counselors with diabetes at camp! She wants your camper to
have good, positive role models: people that they can feel comfortable
talking with about their diabetes, people who can share their experiences
with your camper, and people who have lived successful, happy lives while
living WITH diabetes!
12. Can I
send packages to my child at camp? Yes, by all means,
you can send packages to your camper! We respectfully ask that you DO NOT
SEND FOOD TO YOUR CAMPER. The reason for this is two-fold: in sending
food to your camper, this will disrupt the job that the camp dieticians
are trying to do with the campers in regards to meal planning. Also, it
is not fair to the other campers in the cabin. Lastly, it also keeps the
little critters out of the cabin---food will attract them into the cabin,
if it is there! If you want to send a care package, you can include
things such as: puzzle books, books, stationary, postcards, card games,
small hand games, autograph animals for your child to get signed by all
the kids in his/her cabin, and so forth.