Children Living with Diabetes — About Camp K
As a continuation on the series of my diabetes awareness segments, I’d like to let the community know about Camp K. Camp K is nestled along the shores of Kenai Lake near Cooper Landing. The camp provides one of Alaska’s most rustic and natural settings where campers can explore the wild world around them. It is a residential camp where campers and staff live on-site during their stay. There are new bunkhouses which overlook the spruce forests along Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing.
Each day is full of creative and challenging outdoor activities, while evenings are spent gathered around the campfire sharing songs, stories and good times. Medical professionals and camp personnel work as a team to provide informal diabetes management tips. Campers learn how to manage their disease and gain experience in a fun, positive learning environment. The activity programs at camp are designed for a variety of personalities and ability levels, but all campers enjoy the natural beauty of Camp K and have a great time! Camp K strives to provide all children who attend their program the chance to experience success in a safe and caring environment.
This year Camp K will be July 29 August 2 and is for ages 7-17. Registration begins February 1. It is the policy of Camp K that no child will be denied camp because they can’t afford to attend. Lions have been generous in the past to help make this possible for all children no matter the ability to pay, or not. The $400 fee is just a portion of what it costs to send a child to camp. In reality, the cost is much higher.
Lions 49A District Governor’s platform this year is Camp K. The District Governor has asked that each club in Lion District 49A “adopt” one child to send to camp this year.
Your local lions; including Chugiak Lions, Eagle River Lions, Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions and Bear Mountain Leos are doing just that. This is such a valuable experience especially for those in remote areas who may not have a chance to interact with other children with diabetes.
For clubs who have a child in their community they wish to help, then by all means that “adoption” works very well. It puts a face to the project and the camper knows the club that has made it possible for them to attend the camp.
If you have a child you would like to send, please contact Sara at 907-272-1424 or [email protected] to get more information.