Preparing for impact

As we prepare to launch another ambitious slate of summer programs, I am struck by the impact we are fortunate to make in the lives of so many children, teens, and families living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). I am proud to say the Kudzu Team of staff and volunteers do an excellent job holding to our primary objective of positively shaping the lives of hundreds of campers. It’s a balanced approach as we expand educational offerings and learning moments -- with constant attention to all the details, which will ensure we offer another summer of fun!

This month, we are looking forward to Spring Family Camp , taking place April 20-22. Our Family Camp Program is a great opportunity for parents to see what Kudzu is all about and learn ways to support their children along their journey with T1D. Even better, our fun and educational programming allows families to grow even closer together as they become part of our Kudzu Family.

The impact Kudzu is able to make in shaping so many lives is only possible with the incredible support of very generous stakeholders. If you are donating your time, your money, your skills, or in some cases all three, know that your participation in Camp Kudzu is truly appreciated! 

-Rob Shaw
Executive Director
Swing Into Summer!
Don’t miss out on a life changing experience! Register your child for camp today. We are over halfway full for the summer, but spots are still available. Scholarships are also available, so don’t hesitate to ask. We are here to help.
Coming Up!
14th Annual Kudzu Cup Fore! Kids
Monday, May 21, 2018
Benefitting Camp Kudzu
  • Registration: 8:30 AM
  • Driving Range: 9:30 AM
  • Shotgun Start: 10:30 AM

Your 18 holes of play at the Country Club of the South includes cart rental, team prizes, door prizes, a team photo, swag bags, and entry to an awards reception. 

If you would like to inquire about attending this event or taking advantage of one of the few remaining sponsorship opportunities, please contact Doris Pierce-Hardy  or Sandy Yates .
Kudzu Korner: Did you know?
There's a lot that goes in to making camp happen—donated insulin diabetes supplies, purchased diabetes supplies, camp location rental fees, volunteer training, all in addition to the 400 incredible volunteers and medical staff that make Camp Kudzu possible. While many of our campers come to Kudzu on scholarship, even the full rate for a week of camp is far less than what you may realize when compared to what it costs.

The maximum rate a family will pay for a camper is $800, but the cost of camp is over $3,200+ per summer camper, meaning that everyone that attends is essentially on a scholarship! How do we make this happen? Through the generosity of our corporate and individual partners, our incredible medical/professional volunteers – and of course our donors! Our partners understand that we want to make sure that every child living with T1D is able to attend camp, and their assistance allows us to make this happen.


Coming back to "Kudzu Skills"
By Kat Shreve
My office was located downstairs of the lodge building, and the dining hall area occupied the top floor. Footsteps – either up or down – the creaky wooden stairs were the makeshift doorbell to my office. The clip-clop sound and its tempo would always alert me to the footwear, size of the wearer, and the urgency of the person as they entered my office.

When campers headed up the stairs for a meal, the din signaled to me that I should pause for a moment and listen to the menu detailed in the announcements. On this day, we were hosting a large school group for a three-day session in our environmental education program. Upstairs, cheers drowned out everything else after the words “TACO BAR.”

Are you the "Sharpest Lancet"?
By Anna Albritton, MS, RD, LD, CDE
Ropes course, climbing wall, tie dye—all these activities are fun, important parts of the week that your camper spends with us each summer. The various activities we offer encourage campers to conquer their fears, trust in their cabinmates, and explore their creative side. In addition to camp activities with intentionality, Camp Kudzu celebrates milestones that each camper achieves as they relate to their disease management. 
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Camp Kudzu Special Offering
Register your child for Session 4 at Camp Barney Medintz (7/29 – 8/4) and receive a $50 deposit discount. Take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts!
Halfway to 100 new campers
By Whitney Gillis LeHew
As we continue toward our goal of reaching 100 new campers in 2018, we are excited to announce that the Camp Kudzu community has added 50 new smiling faces! We can’t wait to welcome these wonderful families to Camp Kudzu, and we look forward to getting to know everyone at camp!

The best way for us to find the ones who could use our programs is through recommendations from the entire Camp Kudzu community. If you know of anyone that may be interested in camp, contact Whitney Gillis LeHew at so she can provide them with information about programs, scholarships and how camp is educating, empowering and inspiring kids all over Georgia and the Southeast.

Sprouts Day Camp
Calling all campers ages 5-9! Join us for Sprouts Day Camp; a week-long day camp located at Camp High Meadows in Roswell, Ga; July 16-20, 2018. This program includes active days of fun and education.
Questions about registration or the application process?
Contact Mandy Conroy, Registration Coordinator at or 404-495-4863.
Email Mandy
2018 Kudzu Partners