Diabetes Camps for Adults
Diabetes education and camaraderie are beneficial at any age. A few organizations offer adults-only camps and retreats:
June 19–23, 2013
â CampWILD is an offshoot of TeamWILD (We Inspire Life with Diabetes), a nonprofit organization designed to help athletes with diabetes train together, no matter their fitness level. CampWILD is an intensive week of athletics and bonding for adults with diabetes, focusing on walking, hiking, running, cycling, and triathlons. The week of training is supplemented with diabetes education, as well as massage, acupuncture, and food accommodations for each camper. It culminates in a race on the last day.
Mari Ruddy, director of CampWILD and founder of TeamWILD, is also the creator and founder of the Red Riders, the cyclists with diabetes who ride in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure® events around the country. She says the goal of camp is to help each camper, from college athletes to 70-year-olds who want to stay in shape. "Part of the big goal of the camp is to help people see themselves as athletes," she says.
Cost: $2,195; 10 percent will be donated to a camper's Tour de Cure fund-raising efforts.
Registration closes June 10.
Diabetes Training Camp
June 10–15, 2013
â A small privately run camp geared toward participants of all fitness levels, Diabetes Training Camp has two focuses: general fitness and multisport training. Professional coaches work with campers to reach their fitness goals. There is also an emphasis on camaraderie and learning from other campers.
Cost: $1,700 to $2,500 (includes lodging and meals).
Registration closes May 9.
May 3–5, 2013
Oct. 4–6, 2013
â Less a camp and more a retreat, the DiabetesSisters Conferences offer support for women with diabetes. Founder Brandy Barnes created DiabetesSisters to help women find one another and share their stories. The conferences, held twice each year, are an opportunity to "pamper your soul" and learn more about diabetes, as well as participate in fitness activities suitable for people of all endurance levels.
The DiabetesSisters Conferences also include a Partner's Perspective Program, in which the partners of attendees can come together and discuss the issues they face as caregivers and support systems for their loved ones.
Cost: $150 (Partner's Perspective Program $50); lodging not included.
Registration for Raleigh closes May 3; registration for San Francisco opens in May.