Calling The Shots
Happy Holidays and an Exciting New Year!
Dear Diabetes Camping Friends,

With the holiday season upon us, I find myself thinking about the importance of family in our lives. I am blessed with two wonderful, loving and supportive families. My wife, children, grandchildren and extended family are near and dear to my heart. My camp family is also very special to me. It started with the campers and staff of Camp Seale Harris. It has grown to include all who are associated with diabetes camps – campers, volunteers, staff and other friends who provide kind words of encouragement, helpful guidance, loving compassion and needed support to these precious children.

During this special time of year, as you think about how you may give to others, I ask that you consider a gift to DECA. Your donation will assist our family of diabetes camps as we work to educate, inspire, and empower children living with diabetes.

On behalf of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Terry Ackley
Executive Director
2019 International Diabetes Camping Conference February 17th & 18th, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

"Empowering Youth With Diabetes"

The conference promises to be a superb event. We are excited to have three remarkable keynote presenters speaking at the conference.

Bruce Buckingham, MD will present: “Sensors, Pumps, and Closed-Loop Technologies – What Will Be Coming to Camp Within the Next Few Years”.

Tom Rosenberg, BS, MBA  –will discuss how mobile media screen time use by Gen-Z youth has skyrocketed & in-person social interaction has significantly declined. He will also share researchers' reports about how well-practiced core social-emotional skills, growth mindsets and 21st century learning skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity will be essential.

David Bryfman, PhD will convey how extensive research into understanding adolescents brings a fresh understanding of what communities need to be doing in order to engage youth today, as we embed resilience and grit, knowledge, skills, and capacities to make their communities and country a better place.

Experts in the areas of diabetes health, youth programming, and organization management will offer essential best practice sessions specifically suited to the diabetes camping community. It is a unique opportunity to learn new approaches while meeting peers and sponsors who can mentor and assist your efforts in the future.

This year DECA invites poster presentations that communicate concepts and data relevant to diabetes camping. Examples: education programs, activities, outcome studies, medical protocols, etc.) All posters will be on display in the meeting area on Sunday and Monday.  Learn More

DECA encourages you to register early as space is limited. We also suggest that you make your hotel reservations soon due to limited room availability in nearby hotels.

Learn More about the 2019 International Diabetes Camping Conference.

Note: DECA Member Camp representatives receive a 25% discount off of the conference registration fee . Contact your camp's Executive Director, Camp Director or email to inquire about the discount code.
DECA 2019 Webinar Series
First Program

Before and After Camp: Connecting with the College Diabetes Network 
Webinar by Anna Floreen Sabino, MSW, CDE

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 8:00 PM EST

Young Adults with T1D need peer support and ongoing resources to empower them through the transitions into adulthood. The College Diabetes Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for young adults as they both transition to and out of college. With over 130 campus chapters across the United States, students and young adults are connected and thriving at school with this added peer support. Come learn about ways to engage your camp with the College Diabetes Network's on and offline slew of offerings and programs with Anna Floreen Sabino, CDN's Program Director.  Register Now
DECA Leadership Series – Global Impact on Youth with Diabetes

Debbie Jones, RN, CDE has devoted her life to helping people with diabetes throughout the world. Her journey started in Bermuda where she founded the Bermuda Diabetes Association in 1979. Her service to the association has included sitting on the Board of Directors and chairing the Advocacy and Prevention Committee. She founded the Diabetes Centre at the Chronic Disease and Managements Centre. She has served as coordinator for international clinical research in Bermuda and worked with the Ministry of Health to update an epidemiology study last undertaken in 1996.

Debbie’s commitment to making the lives of people living with diabetes better led her to serve as Vice-President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). She had tremendous impact worldwide as Chair of the International Diabetes Federation’s Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLD) Program.
Debbie is a member of the Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND) serving as secretary of the Executive Committee.

Debbie is a strong advocate for youth with diabetes, and a respected voice regarding the needs of youth with diabetes throughout the world. The Diabetes Education and Camping Association is honored that she serves on our Board of Directors.
Featured Member Camp - Camp Nejeda
Camp Nejeda is just concluding its 60 th  anniversary year, having been established in 1958. The camp’s founders were a group of insightful parents and caring health professionals who sought to create a safe place for their children and patients to have fun and develop their diabetes management skills. Together they established Camp Nejeda and a nonprofit organization, the Camp Nejeda Foundation, Inc., to operate the new facility. 

The camp has grown from a “clinic in the woods” serving 20 children its first summer, to a respected and highly specialized camp experience. Today, Camp Nejeda provides a full season of diabetes camp programs for children with type 1 diabetes, including eight weeks of residential camping, four weeks of day camps, weekend programs for children, adolescents, and adults with T1D, as well as seminars (with CEUs) for nurses and healthcare providers on the management of T1D in children.
Camp Nejeda was a founding member of DECA. Our organization has benefitted greatly from the leadership that the camp has provided starting with its then Executive Director Valerie Webber-Miller, followed by Flip DeRea and Ray Fowlie and in recent years Dr. Ernie Post and John Latimer.  Bill Vierbuchen, Executive Director of Camp Nejeda, begins service on the DECA Board of Directors in January.

Read More about Camp Nejeda’s story

DECA Website Member Access
User Account Registration

The Members-Only resource area is now available on the new DECA website. All DECA members (those who paid individual membership fees and those who are DECA members due to being associated with a DECA member camp) are invited to register for a User Account for the new website. Having a new User Account will enable members to access the members-only resources. It also allows the user to manage its organization’s profile on the new DECA website if he/she is designated to do so by their organization.

Learn More about creating a DECA User account.
DECA Membership Renewal

DECA is the membership organization of the world’s diabetes camps, providing leadership and education to better enable diabetes camps to fulfill their purpose of helping people affected by diabetes lead healthier, happier and more productive lives. We invite you to join our association if you are not currently a member. If you or your camp are a 2018 member, we invite you to renew your membership for 2019. 

Go to DECA Membership to learn more and to join or renew.

Note: Organizations with Income less than $100,000 US reported on their recent IRS Form 990 can contact regarding a discounted Members Fee.
Camp Hodia is hiring a full-time Volunteer Director! 

Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs (dba Camp Hodia) is hiring a full-time Volunteer Director! Individuals who meet or exceed the position requirements and have an interest in joining their team should submit a cover letter and resume to . Position will remain open until filled.  

JDRF’s Young Adult Conference

Join JDRF for a weekend of networking, learning and connecting at the  JDRF Young Adult Conference ! You’ll learn about cutting-edge T1D research, new treatment options and a wide offering of information for young adults looking to build confidence, find support and build a network of peers. Learn More
Scholarships for Students with Diabetes

Diabetes Scholars

A program of Beyond Type 1, Diabetes Scholars is aimed at empowering success through education for people living with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Scholars offers scholarships for T1Ds entering college. Originally founded as the Diabetes Scholars Foundation in 2008, the goal was that – in this one small area of life – diabetes could be an advantage. Since 2008 the Foundation has awarded over $1.6 million in college scholarships to students with Type 1, through scholarships of $5,000 each. In 2018, the Diabetes Scholars became a program of Beyond Type 1. Learn More

Donnelly Scholarship Awards for Youth Tennis Players Having Diabetes

Novo Nordisk is the sponsor of the Donnelly Awards, established in 1998 to encourage children with diabetes to lead an active life and compete in tennis. The awards provide scholarships to young tennis players living with diabetes and are named after two long-time World Team Tennis executives, sisters, and tennis champions, Diane Donnelly Stone and Tracey Donnelly Maltby. Stone was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Northwestern University, and Maltby earned All-Big Ten honors at the University of Iowa. Both women have had diabetes since childhood.  Learn More
Florida Registered Charity
A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling Toll-Free 1-800-HELP-FLA or online at Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State. Registration #: CH47189.