Camp Kudzu E-News: March 2017 Edition
Tips and Tricks to Plan Your Vacation with
Journey and Destination in Mind!

Balancing that great feeling of freedom during Spring Break and other days off school with taking diabetes on the road can be a challenge. Whether you're planning to cross the pond, hit the ski slopes, relax on the beach, or visit family out of town, the tips and tricks  we've compiled can help you better plan for your trip. Similar to life experiences, the journey is just as important as the destination - so plan for both!


Sending Camp Kudzu Staff on a Learning Adventure

Camp Kudzu's staff joined leaders from thousands of camps in Albuquerque at the American Camp Association National Conference and Diabetes Camping Conference.  Sessions about building children's emotional resilience, promoting inclusiveness, and how to manage the closed loop insulin delivery system taught us a lot.  We also benefited from time to talk with peers and learn from what they do. 

We can share resources that we liked with you!  If you are a volunteer, please check out what the American Camp Association offers year round.  Take advantage of a free one-year membership!  http://www.acacamps.org/membership/free-one-year-membership


Spring Family Camp, April 21-23

A few spaces remain for at Spring Family Camp on April 21-23 at Camp Twin Lakes. Family Camp is a great way for the whole family to learn more about diabetes management and receive support from other T1D families and experienced medical professionals.

New this session:  cooking activities led by a registered dietitian who will prepare and discuss healthy and exciting options that the whole family will enjoy. Our Endocrinologist will be on-site to give an update on technology advances in the field of type 1 diabetes. To top it all off, "Puppet Dude" will be there working with small groups to put on a show Saturday night! 

Register NOW to join us.  Need-based scholarships are available. For more information, please contact Mandy Conroy at  mconroy@campkudzu.org

13th Annual Kudzu Cup Fore! Kids

If you're planning to get out your plaid pants and dust off your irons to play in the Kudzu Cup Fore! Kids (Monday May 22, 2017 at the Country Club of the South),  you should hurry. There are only a few spots left. If you wait, you'll miss out on a great day golf,  and friendly competition. Players will have a chance at premium takeaways, prizes and a Hole-In-One competition. You don't want to miss this one!

On a serious note, the tournament provides up to 40 full scholarships for campers who would have otherwise not been able to attend camp. One day of golf for you could easily be the start of a life changing event for a child living with type 1 diabetes.
 
Special thanks to our event sponsors including GYM GUYZ, Wellstar, and Resurgens! Reach out if you would like to know more about becoming a sponsor for this important event.  Here you will find all the information you need to determine how you would like to participate.
 
For more information please contact Sandy Yates at 404-250-1811 ext. 22 or syates@campkudzu.org.
 
We're Here to Help!

Camp Kudzu's staff is here to help you whether you have a question regarding registering your child for camp or you need to know about a camp in a distant state or you want to get involved.  We welcome your calls and emails and look forward to getting to know you.    
Who's Who around Kudzu:
 
Anna Albritton, Clinical Manager
One stop source of diabetes wisdom.  Contact Anna if you're a health care provider and want to be a hero this summer!
 
Alex Allen, Executive Director
Camp Kudzu's biggest fan of all our kids and volunteers.
 
Mandy Conroy, acting Camp Director
Dedicated to serving our campers with excellence this summer.  Managing volunteer recruitment and placement and planning terrific programs.
 
Whitney Le Hew, Outreach and Programs Manager
Reaching out to children with diabetes across the state and helping with camper registration and scholarships
 
Anna Rambo, Program Assistant
Making a difference every day but getting things done for camp!
 
La Shonda Reese, Administrative Coordinator
The voice of Camp Kudzu, and the person we all go to for advice and help.
 
Sandy Yates, Director of Development
Connecting people with a passion for our mission with ways to support our programs and activities. 
 
Stay tuned - We are adding new staff members in April!
Happenings and Opportunities

Type One Nation Summit

Camp Kudzu is proud to once again take part in TypeOneNation Summit, hosted by JDRF Georgia, on March 18th at the Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth.  Join other individuals, families and caregivers affected by type 1 diabetes at all life stages for a day of education and connection. Register now to take advantage of this great networking and informative opportunity. If you're there, make sure you come by the Camp Kudzu booth to say hello!  speak with state legislators, lobbyist and advocates in healthcare. For more information, please email info@campkudzu.org

College Diabetes Network
 
If you're in college and looking for people who "get" diabetes, check out the College Diabetes Network.  https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/
There are chapters at Georgia Tech and University of Georgia and dozens of colleges nationwide.  The UGA Chapter is also known as Dawgs for Diabetes. 


 

2017 Summer Camp Dates




Summer Programs

We still have space in many of our summer camps.  The sessions that are the easiest to get in right now are:
  • Sprouts Day Camp, June 5-9
  • Summer Overnight Session 4, July 30 - August 5
We save spaces for newly diagnosed children, so if you find yourself on a waitlist, please know that we will do everything possible to get you a spot.
 

We Love Our Partners!
Camp Kudzu educates, empowers and inspires children living with diabetes. 


ACA logo