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A Week of Fun and Friendship
The American Diabetes Association Camp Carolina Trails is an exciting week of summer fun for boys and girls entering grades 4-11. The camp is unique because it is designed specifically for youth with diabetes. Camp Carolina Trails is a program of the American Diabetes Association. It will be held from June 14 - 20, 2009, at YMCA Camp Hanes on 400 acres next to Hanging Rock State Park.

Nestled on a quiet hillside in the heart of the Sauertown Mountains, Camp Hanes is a perfect setting for a week of adventure, education and friendship. The residential camp currently houses 150 youth. Campers are housed in well-maintained cabins with adult chaperones. Experienced personnel including a complete medical and (dietary) nutrition staff, as well as camp counselors supervise all camp activities. The American Diabetes Association is committed to providing educational information and referral services for children and families with diabetes, advocating for fair and quality treatment of children with diabetes in schools, and increasing federal funding for diabetes research.

Camper Activities
Camper activities are divided into four groups by the grade they will enter in Fall 2009:

  1. Explorer Campers - entering grades 3-5. This program will be centered around the theme "Nature & Your Environment"
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Scavenger Hunts
    • Plants and Animals
    • Nature Studies
    • Hiking, swimming, boating, and more
    • Mentoring program

  2. Discovery Campers - entering grades 6-8. The children in this program are challenged through activities such as:
    • Safe use of bows
    • Painting, tie-dyeing, crafts
    • Swimming, kayaking, canoeing
    • Exploring nature
    • Exercise and sports

  3. Voyager Campers - entering grades 9-10. This program helps teenagers learn about leadership and community
    • High and low ropes
    • The wall and trust fall
    • Hiking, rock climbing
    • Obstacle courses
    • Primitive camping
    • Swimming, canoeing and kayaking
    • Arts and crafts

  4. Navigator Campers - entering 11th grade - This program offers a wilderness adventure-based experience that stresses the practical use of leadership, communication, and team-building
    • Live in tents in wilderness setting
    • Plan and implement activities for younger campers
    • New Challenge Activities
    • Overnight surprise adventure

    All campers attend the evening activities including a Camp Carnival, Talent Show, Art Show, Dance, Surprise Game, Campfires, Taps Talks, and Group Field Sports.

Program Staff
The camp counselors and the teaching staff are supervised by a certified Camp Director. The staff members are competent and skilled in the areas they instruct. Counselors are also well trained to meet the needs of the campers during the daily activities.

Medical and Nutrition Staff
The Medical Staff for Camp Carolina Trails comes largely from area universities and medical facilities and helps to ensure that camp is safe as well as fun.

An important part of Camp Carolina Trails is the education the campers receive. We teach them about diabetes management, self-discipline and life with diabetes.

Camp activities and nutrition are carefully coordinated with the special needs of our campers. Dietitians supervise the total meal program and stress to the campers the importance of a well-balanced nutrition plan and its value to control their diabetes.

Each camper's parent will receive a detailed report of the camper's progress and medical follow-up information at check out.

Enroll Early!
Completed Applications should be mailed to Camp Carolina Trails, 222 South Church St., Suite 336M, Charlotte, NC 28202 and they will be processed in the order that they are received. The American Diabetes Association does not discriminate based on race, creed, national origin, gender or special needs.

Financial Information
Camp Carolina Trails is a non-profit program of the American Diabetes Association and is supported by Camper Fees, individual, corporate, civic and foundation gifts.

The fee for the one-week session is $600. Partial Camperships are available. The amount of campership is determined by the family's ability to pay.

Contact Information
For more information, or to request an application, contact Emily Wilson at or 704-373-9111 x 3262.

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