The IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme encourages the diabetes centres in countries it supports to conduct camps or activity days for children and young people with diabetes.
To this end LFAC, in collaboration with the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA), has developed Guidelines for conducting diabetes camp activities in a less-resourced country.
"Camp" is a term that includes not only overnight stays, but also activity days, support meetings, and get-togethers for children, adolescents and young adults with diabetes and their families.
The Guidelines offers a simple and concise guide on all aspects of conducting an activity. This may be a two hour get together to have fun while including opportunistic diabetes education or conducting a more intensive day, two day or five day camp.
Camps offer a unique opportunity for young people with diabetes to develop confidence, emotional adjustment to the diagnosis of diabetes and self-management skills. These skills will then help the child to gain a sense of control and overcome any sense of isolation, stigma or pessimism.