Life at Camp Hendon FAQ


What about food & meals?

Healthy eating is the overall goal for nutrition at Camp Hendon. We try to eliminate the myth that diabetes means “not eating sugar” , but means balancing carbohydrates, protein and fat. All meals and snacks are based on carbohydrate (CHO) counting. This system may be used for children on a constant CHO meal plan or on CHO counting with insulin adjustment. Not to worry, camp favorites are still a major part of the experience, but all with a twist. Smudgies have become an all camp favorite…… vanilla sugar-free pudding frozen between two graham crackers. At camp, the Dietetic Director sets up the meal plan that is adequate in calories and nutrients for the energy level while at camp. Three meals and three snacks will be served during the day. Each child’s meal plan will be kept by the medical staff at each meal. The meal plan should be used as a guideline for appropriate, healthy eating.

Do you carb count?

Yes, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator supervises all food preparation and provide guidance and assistance in carb counting. Carbohydrate choices and grams of carbohydrate are listed for all meals and counted as appropriate for every camper’s individual need.

What if camper has other special food requirements?

Any food allergies of special needs should be noted during the application process. The Dietetic Director will communicate with the family if needed for follow-up questions. Allergies will be noted with all medical and non-medical staff.

  • Replacement food will be provided for any child with food allergies
  • We operate a peanut free camp and kitchen
  • We tastefully & creatively accommodate gluten allergies

What will my camper learn?

Camp is a wonderful learning environment, and since the goal is life-long care just a few of the things your camper might learn depending on their age and readiness are:

  • Improved Nutrition
  • How to Treat Low and High Blood Sugars
  • How to Count Carbohydrates
  • Insulin Injections, Site Rotation, and Adjustment
  • Blood Sugar Monitoring
  • Age-appropriate Diabetes Education
  • Social Support
  • Diabetes Problem Solving
  • Effects of Exercise
  • They may learn to give their first injection or change their first site! – A Big Step Toward Independence
  • Confidence & Self-Esteem by Meeting Others with Diabetes
  • Form Meaningful Relationships
  • Feel a Sense of Belonging, Campers Learn They Are Not Alone
  • Acceptance

2017 Summer Camp

Sunday, July 2 - Friday, July 7, 2017


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