About Camp Kudzu
For More Information, visit Camp Kudzu's web site at: http://campkudzu.org

 

 

Who We Are

Camp Kudzu provides traditional camping experiences infused with vital diabetes management skills in a fun and medically safe environment for Georgia’s youth living with Type 1 diabetes and their families, empowering them to lead long, healthy and productive lives.

Camp Kudzu offers the only resident summer camp in Georgia exclusively for children with Type 1 diabetes. In 2008, approximately 477 children will attend one of Camp Kudzu’s two week-long summer camps sessions. Other programs include two family camping weekends hosting approximately 30 families each and two gender specific weekend camps for teenagers, with attendance ranging from 35 – 50 youth each weekend.

 

Why Camp Kudzu?

Delivering vital health education and disease management messages creatively to children in a stress-free group environment is a proven method for achieving improved health and wellness. A team of medical specialists, including endocrinologists, registered dieticians, emergency medical technicians and nurses deliver programs that result in campers attaining new levels of ability and independence with skills such as administering insulin, blood glucose monitoring and effective diet regulation. The unique demands placed on the youngest campers, as well as the older teens, are addressed with age appropriate tools.

Making a Difference

Healthy and lasting lifestyle habits for children are created through Camp Kudzu experiences, while at the same time forging friendships that will last a lifetime.

Children will develop a working understanding of the links between nutrition, carbohydrate counting, insulin dosages, insulin delivery mechanisms, and the effects of physical activity and stress on the disease.

Youth have the opportunity to experience fun and unique recreational activities such as horseback riding, rock wall climbing, kayaking and team sports that they may not otherwise be exposed to.

Children in this camp community are encouraged to accept their disease and move away from the denial that strikes so many. Only when acceptance occurs, can a child move on in life.

Medical Staff Volunteers

Camp Kudzu relies solely on volunteer medical staff to provide the day to day management for children at camp.  Physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacist and social workers with an expertise in diabetes are always needed.