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Thread: How old was your CWD when they went solo to D-camp?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Northern California

    Question How old was your CWD when they went solo to D-camp?

    We are starting to look up diabetes camps for 2012. We went to a weekend family camp 2 weeks after Olivia was diagnosed. Most other attendees were shocked we were there, but it was a great experience. Olivia will be 9 this spring. Did anyone send their cwd to a week long camp at 9 years old?
    Mom to:
    Olivia (age 12) dx'd 8/26/11 - 8 yrs old Pink Ping 2/24/12 Dexcom G4 3/24/14
    John (age 6) nonD

    "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

    Thankfully, God knew my plans were to visit Holland...not Italy!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Central Texas


    My son went to camp at 8 and then at 9. He was too young both times. He didn't go solo again until he was 14.

    The age doesn't matter, but the child does. If your daughter is willing, let her try. Otherwise, find a diabetes day camp to attend.
    Mom to a young adult Animas Ping pumper and DexCom G4 user. 2nd year college student, now living in a co-op house. Dx'd over 16 years ago at 3 years old.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Moorhead, MN


    Mara went to week-long diabetes camp 3 months after she was diagnosed at age 8. She has been back every year since and has said that camp is the best part about having diabetes!

    The first year it was hard to let her go and trust that everything would be taken care of.... now I laugh when I think about that.....

    There are MORE people there with training, experience and life lessons about how to live fully with diabetes than she would ever have here at home....
    mom to Mara, age 11, dx 4/4/09, Pumping Animas Ping
    Avery, age 9, non-d
    married 14 years to Terry, one cool guy

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    My son was diagnosed when he was 7 and the CDE strongly urged us when he was 8 to send him to camp. He went for the first time this past summer at the age of 10. I was a wreck but, his first letter to me said this, "Mom, I was having such a good time I forgot to miss you!" he will go back this year

  5. #5


    I was never allowed to go. :/
    I can't let Diabetes get the best of me. I have MUCH bigger problems than a 6mm needle

    23y/o and in college
    Dx'd Sep 21, 1997 @ age 5
    Currently on MDI with Novolog and Lantus

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2009


    Hailey was eight and she loved it. Her camp starts out with a weekend family camp and then if the family, the parents and the child agree, the camper stays for the week. She loved it so much she went back for another session...thinking about it, maybe she was seven. She loves camp and the people there. It has given her so much joy and self confidence!
    Grandma to Hailey age 11 dx type 1 age 4
    pumping with Omnipod since 8/09
    and Faith age 7
    and now little Macey Ella age 1 year Dx with allergies to nuts, wheat, eggs, and soy

    True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.

    Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.

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    I've never been to diabetes camp, at diagnosis I thought it was a stupid idea... I had no idea how lonely diabetes could be =( I asked to go last summer, but we were just to busy, and its pretty expansive around here. I did go away for a week the summer after I was diagnosed though, I was 15, I spent the week with my uncle in new York watching his kids while his wife was away for work. I think it was a great experience for my as well as my mom, I really learned that I can overcome every challenge diabetes gives me=) plus the babysitting part made me confident that I can eventually be a parent with diabetes. However, it wasn't diabetes camp, I only had me, my uncle didn't even know what the glucagon was until I got there. I called my mom every night, and we texted a lot though. I would say if your daughter wants to, you should let her go. 'd' friends are hard to explain, but there's no one like them.
    - Jess, age 18- dx with t1d 2/3/10
    DEXCOMING! with the G4
    Carteract free since 10/28/10

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    college student (Class of 2017) and a nursing major

  8. #8


    My daughter was 6 for day camp and 9 for overnight. However, our overnight was a camp that you could bring a sibling or friend, and hubby and I took advantage of that fact and sent them both off!

    Identical Twins, in nearly every way
    Abby Diagnosed June '05
    Maddy Diagnosed February '15
    Minimed Revel

    New England Region Ambassador
    Riding On Insulin

    My current position:

    "Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect"...Margaret Mitchell

    "It is what it is" very wise husband

  9. #9


    @Timmy Mac and pianoplayer4, have you thought about applying to be a councilor at a camp?

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    fingerlakes NY


    Ab was 9, diagnosed 6 mos earlier. She loved it and has gone back every year.
    Proud mom to Abbey the brave,dx'd Dec '06@9years oldpumping April 08 MM722/Sure T's/Novolog: now using 530G with enlite sensors, MIO's and SureT's.


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