Camp Kudzu E-News: June 2017 Edition

Better than Christmas?
Session 1 in  June
"She said she loves it more than all the presents during Christmas."  
(A response to the survey sent after our June session)  

Over 130 children and teens, ages 5-17, took every advantage of the terrific activities available at our brand new location.  And what did they think about having Camp Kudzu at YMCA Lake Allatoona?

"We LOVED the lake!" "The lake activities were so awesome!" "Color Wars was the best one ever!"  "We had the best clinician we've ever had." "The cabins were pretty good." "She's 15 and every night she says she wants to be at camp."

See our End-of-Camp Video!  Check out the Photo Galleries!

A few facts:
  • 2 programs in one week:
    • Sprouts Day Camp for little ones
    • Overnight summer camp for those 8 and over
  • 90 awards for new diabetes skills
  • 382 years of experience living with diabetes - in the staff alone!
  • 21 alums as staff
  • 27 medical and dietary staff members
  • 11 medical students on staff
  • Only one box of lost and found!

Sessions 2 and 3 In July!

Make new friends and keep the old!  We are excited to return to Camp Twin Lakes, where it all began, for the first two weeks of July.
We have one or two spots for campers still available depending on age and gender.  Call or apply now!

Camp Kudzu staff and volunteers head out July 1 for our sessions.  Campers arrive on Sunday, July 2 and Sunday, July 9.

Parents:  We emailed Sessions 2 and 3  Camp Guides, complete with packing lists and schedules, this week.   

Volunteers:  Manuals for our Session 2 and 3 volunteers will be emailed to you June 15.  
Kudzu Cup Fore! Kids 

Everyone scored a winning round at Camp Kudzu's tournament in May: they ALL made dreams come true for kids with diabetes to get to camp!

Special recognition:
FIRST PLACE:  Carlos Gordon, Antonio Daniels, Clarence Harris and Charles Rosseau
SECOND PLACE:  Christopher Reihing, Matt Crandall, Travis Seagart and Kevin West
THIRD PLACE:  Richard Shirley, Michael Barrett, Brad Cameron and Kevin Moran (Focus Brands Team)
Longest Drive (Hole #9):  Paul Brennan
Closest to the Pin (Hole #8):  Travis Seagart

Special thanks to Chair, Scott Richardson, and Co-Chair, David Evans as well as our major sponsors, Gym Guyz and Zaxby's.

We are grateful for ALL our foursomes and sponsors.
See photos here!
Click to learn more about our winning day for everyone!  
Medical Corner: Food Safety Outdoors

The days are hotter and the nights are longer.  This can only mean one thing...  Summer is here and it's time to fire up the grill!  Now the warmer weather may be ideal for us to spend hours out in the fresh air, but it is not ideal for holding food.  During the summer months there is a jump in foodborne illness cases.  

Here are some USDA food safety tips from the to keep in mind...   Read on for terrific food safety tips for outdoor barbecuing, picnicking and camping!

Thank you to Carrie Claiborne, Dietetic Intern and Masters of Science in Nutrition student.
Adventures in Fund Raising! 

Please join Camp Kudzu's team at Spin for Kids!  This year marks our 5th year at this event.  Registration is open now!  Spin for Kids is a fundraiser that makes our diabetes camps possible for dozens of kids at Camp Twin Lakes.

Spin for Kids is October 15, at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA.  The routes include beautiful country-side and quaint towns like Rutledge and Madison.  And they're relatively flat!  You can choose what distance suits you, from 5 miles to a century ride.  The day is full of celebration, good food, and treats for riders.

Thank you, Eloise Lamons, for chairing this event, and thank you, Nikki Penda, for co-chairing!  We have another leader in the wings - and they all will cheer you on and assist you in your training and fund-raising efforts!

Kendra Scott is hosting a benefit evening sale for Camp Kudzu, Tuesday, July 25, at the  Avalon location.  Please contact Doris Pierce-Hardy for more information: or 404.250.1811, x25.

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

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