Each camper’s diabetes management plan is reviewed before camp and at registration.
Every effort is made to adhere to this plan and the wishes of the family and their physician. At the request of parents or campers, the camp medical staff will evaluate the diabetes plan and make suggestions for better control. In general, Camp Hodia recommends tight control by frequent blood glucose monitoring, carbohydrate counting, multiple insulin injections or insulin pumping, and avoidance of low blood sugars.
Food is a special consideration for people with diabetes. Our menu is based on the most current nutrition guidelines for diabetes and is served either family or cafeteria style. During family style meals, we do not pre-measure the food. Instead we have measuring tools on the tables. We allow the campers to dish up themselves then we work with them to practice carbohydrate counting and insulin dosing. We accommodate food allergies and other nutritional needs. We serve a wide array of food choices. We strive to teach campers essential skills to match insulin to any food. We also teach nutrition principals for health and disease prevention. Then we practice. When blood glucoses are outside target levels we talk about what could be done differently next time.