Calling The Shots

A New Year, New Opportunities!

January 2019

Dear Friends,

With the start of a New Year the wonderful people who share their lives in service to children attending diabetes camps get very busy! There is much to do in order to prepare for their upcoming camps and support programs. There are games and programs to schedule, songs to learn, education activities to plan, recruitment of volunteer staff and their training, funds to raise and the list goes on.

Campers and parents are busy too. The phones in the camp office start ringing off the wall and campers cross their fingers hoping to be assigned to their favorite cabin and spend time with treasured friends.

The Diabetes Education and Camping Association also starts the year with a flurry of activity. We will soon present our annual Diabetes Camping Conference, begin our webinar and Campfire Chat series, host conversations among camp leaders as they discuss timely topics relevant to the operation of camps, organize the contribution of donated medical supplies and our list goes on too.

I wish to thank in advance the many people who will give countless hours of service in the coming year to children with diabetes and others who will share their treasures. You put smiles on the faces of beloved children with diabetes, twinkles in their eyes, knowledge in their minds and joy in their hearts. From the bottom of their pancreases, they too thank you!

Terry Ackley
Executive Director
2019 International Diabetes Camping Conference

The 2019 International Diabetes Camping Conference will take place February 17 & 18 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. DECA’s Conference Planning Committee has put together a fantastic diabetes camping conference with outstanding keynote and general sessions speakers. Learn More
Scholarships - We learned recently that DECA will be providing conference scholarships to Emerging Leaders in Diabetes Camping. The Deadline for application is Wednesday, January 23rd.   Learn More
Conference Registration Discount – A 25% discount in the conference registration fee is available to all individuals who are associated with a DECA Member Camp that has paid its 2019 Camp Membership Fee. Upon renewing membership in DECA you will receive a confirmation letter that has a discount code that you will use when registering attendees from your camp.   Renew Camp Membership Now .
I look forward to seeing you at the conference!
Before and After Camp: Connecting with the College Diabetes Network

Webinar - Tuesday, January 22, 2019⋅8:00 PM EST

Join Anna Floreen Sabino, MSW, CDE of the College Diabetes Network (CDN) as she discusses Young Adults with T1D and their need for peer support and ongoing resources to empower them through the transitions into adulthood. Learn about how Young Adults within your organization can benefit from the work of the CDN, and share your ideas about how Young Adults affiliated CDN may become involved as volunteers with your camp.     Register Now
DECA Leadership Series
Bringing Together Diabetes, Kids, Activity and FUN

Carla Cox, PhD, RD, CDE, CSSD, FAADE, DECA Board Secretary

Carla is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She has a PhD with emphasis in exercise physiology and taught classes in exercise physiology, sports nutrition and clinical dietetics for 14 years at the University of Montana . She has worked for over 30 years in the field of diabetes, with special emphasis in type 1 diabetes and the use of insulin pumps and sensors. She has been a member of both the research and practice committees of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and is a yearly volunteer for both ADA camp Montana and Colorado as a dietitian and teen medical coordinator. Carla is a member of the Executive Committee of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA). She has written multiple articles on technology and provided talks to local, state and national organization. Her favorite volunteer work is coaching diabetes management for teens and adults with type 1 diabetes while adventuring in the great outdoors.
Camp Nejeda Technology Facilitator

Camp Nejeda, Stillwater, New Jersey, will operate multiple resident and day camp programs this summer. They have an outstanding team committed to excellence in medical care and extraordinary experiences in diabetes camping.

Camp Nejeda is soliciting applications for a “Technology Facilitator”. This position will be available for nine weeks this summer beginning in late June. He/she should be able to operate all current diabetes “technology” including all commercially available models of insulin pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) and be able to guide campers in pump site insertion.  Pediatric diabetes education and diabetes camp experience preferred. 

To learn more contact Robin Greengrove,, Health Center Director.
Spare a Rose – A Valentine Gift of Life to a Child

It's simple: buy one less rose this Valentine's Day and donate the value of that flower to help a child living with diabetes in a less-resourced country.

The International Diabetes Federation's (IDF)  Life for a Child (LFAC) program provides health care, including insulin in many cases, to children and youth (under 26 years of age) with diabetes in less-resourced countries.

Learn More about Spare A Rose and the possibility of donating diabetes care supplies to children in need at Life For a Child .

The Diabetes Education and Camping Association is registered to conduct business in the State of Florida. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 within the State. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.