Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I register for the conference?
Registration forms are now online. There is a link called Registration at the bottom of the conference home page. Click on that link, and it will take you to the registration forms. Early registration (least expensive) will extend until March 1, 2006. Regular registration will be March 1 - July 1, 2006. After July 1, it will be considered 'late registration' and you will need to register on site at the conference.
- How do I register for childcare at the conference?
Registration forms for childcare will be available on January 1, 2006. There will be a link called Childcare at the bottom of the conference home page. Click on that link, and it will take you to the registration forms for childcare. Please note that we will be limited to 125 children in childcare because of space limitations. So register as early as possible. Childcare is for full days only and for children ages 6 and under. Animas will provide certified diabetes educators for diabetes management in childcare.
- Can my child participate in childcare for partial days?
No. Childcare is for full days only. We need to do this for staffing reasons. Childcare will open at approximately 8 a.m. on Thursday. Parents need to pick up their child at noon for lunch (90 minute lunch break). Childcare will close at 5:00 Thursday and Friday.
- What do I do about snacks in childcare?
You may leave a snack at childcare, in a container marked with your child's name on it. Or, you may bring a snack from the snack break area over to your child in childcare. It is fine for a parent to come into childcare at any time to check a blood sugar, visit, or bring a snack - we simply ask that you not bring your child in and out of the area, as that makes it difficult to keep track of so many children. Snacks for everyone in the conference will be offered from 10:15-10:45 a.m. and from 2:45-3:15 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. There will be lemonade with sugar in the childcare area in case of low blood sugar. There will also be a supply of glucose tablets.
- Can you accommodate special dietary needs, such as celiac or peanut allergies?
Yes. As with past Friends for Life conferences, we take great care in trying to accommodate the special dietary needs of our conference participants. Please note that all food served at our conference will have portion size and carb counts listed in tent cards on the buffet tables. If you need special dietary accommodations (food allergies, kosher, gluten-free, etc.), there is a place on the registration form for you to note that. CWD's dietitian, Mike Schurig, will contact you closer to the conference dates to discuss your needs.
- How do I purchase tickets for Sea World, and will there be enough time for our family to visit?
We have information about Sea World tickets online, and you can also visit the Sea World convention ticket ordering web site to purchase tickets ahead of the conference. Many families choose to come a few days early or stay a few days after the conference in order to spend more time at Sea World, Discovery Cove (dolphin encounter), or other theme parks in the Orlando area. The conference designates Saturday as park day at Sea World, and we encourage everyone to join us. You do need to purchase your own ticket - it is not included in the price of registration.
- I want to volunteer. How do I sign up to help?
Julia Mattingly is in charge of the volunteer schedule. We have literally over a hundred volunteers of all ages each summer. We couldn't put on a conference without the help of these folks! Some jobs are quite big (coordinators of different areas, such as AV or moderators), others require less time (introduce a speaker, help fold t-shirts, or serve as a childcare runner). This year, we'll need parent volunteers to come along as chaperones to the water park with the teens on Friday, and we'll need evening volunteers to chaperone the Tweener and Teen events on Thursday and Friday. Lots of work to be done! Julia starts matching volunteers to jobs in the spring. If, however, you'd like one of the coordinator jobs, please contact her earlier! Her email is [email protected] Please note that Tuesday evening, we will have a social gathering for all volunteers and their families. This is where you'll get your volunteer t-shirt and assignment. It will be poolside if the weather is nice; indoors if the weather doesn't cooperate. More details to come.
- I read about the Tweener program for this year. My son is 13. Will he be a Tweener or a Teen?
That is up for you (and him) to decide. Thirteen is a 'swing age' this year. This is the first year that we are having a Tweener program. We recognized last year that kids ages 10-13 are too old for the kids sessions and too young for the older teen sessions - they really need activities of their own. So, we're providing that. Some 13 year olds are very mature and will be comfortable with the older teens. Some will have a better comfort level with the 12 year olds. Please note that kids who are 12 will need to stay with the Tweener group.
- Can you tell us a little bit more about Sports Central?
Sports Central will be equipped with basketball courts, volleyball courts, a mat area for martial arts and aerobics, and an area to play games such as dodge ball. We also have an outdoor play area. Gym time will be assigned by age group on Thursday and Friday. Staff (and volunteers) will take the kids there throughout the day, and they'll have a choice of activities. So, please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately to participate in games and sports. We will have water, lemonade, and glucose tabs on hand. Your child will need to bring a blood glucose meter and will need to check before and after exercise! Please include this in your planning.
- I see that the teens are scheduled to go to Islands of Adventure on Friday. Will other age groups be doing this as well?
Nope, this is a special event just for the teens. We will have a designated area at the park with chairs, shade, and coolers for pumps, insulin, etc. We need plenty of parent chaperones on this venture! If your teen does not wish to go to Islands of Adventure, there will be a choice of other activities.
- Can children come into the adult sessions?
Yes. Some topics may be of interest to children, particularly teens. Younger children will be better off in childcare.
- Can you share any tips for traveling with diabetes?
See our page about Traveling with Diabetes and Flying with Diabetes for advice.
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