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Tour of Friendship
The Adventure Camp for Teens with Diabetes
July 18 to August 1, 2001

The Challenge
The Challenge This challenge is unique! It is an 800-mile bicycle trip over a 2-week period in Michigan and Wisconsin. This challenge is not just for anyone. It is especially for teens ages 14-19 with insulin dependent diabetes. It is for teens who want a real physical challenge and are willing to learn how to manage their diabetes under this type of sustained physical activity.

The riders cover an average of 70 miles a day. The destination for each day is a State Park or private campground where camp is set up for the night. Meals are prepared by one team of individuals, while the other teams set up tents and make preparations for the next day's ride.

All riders must participate in the "shake down" weekend prior to the trip. The "shake down" provides the adult staff the opportunity to evaluate the riders and the condition of their bicycles. At this weekend, expectations of the riders are discussed. Invitations are then sent to the 25 teens who are selected to participate in the trip.

The Goals

  1. To provide a physical activity which will offer a realistic physical challenge to each rider.

  2. To provide the opportunity for the rider to observe the effect of sustained exercise on blood sugar control.

  3. To provide a challenge to each rider's abilities and skills through which each will better know his or her own strengths.

  4. To provide each rider with better insight into self-management of his or her own diabetes.

Supervision is provided by a team of dedicated medical experts and experienced adult leaders. The medical staff and adult leaders ride with the teens to help ensure their safety. The group is also led by one vehicle and followed by another safety vehicle.

The Triumph
The Triumph The triumph comes for each teen who participates when they have met their own personal challenge. The understanding of the effect of sustained exercise on the blood sugar, good personal control that is managed and maintained, and the independence that is gained by completing such a unique challenge successfully.

Each teen reviews his or her blood sugar levels, insulin dose and diet with the medical staff. However, they are strongly encouraged to make their own adjustments and decisions before reviewing with the medical staff. This encourages independence and confidence in their own ability to control their diabetes.

The Tour of Friendship is funded separately from all other activities sponsored by the Diabetes Youth Foundation and Happy Hollow Camp. Individual and corporate donations are appreciated and help the DYF keep the cost to participants down.

For More Information

The Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana
1300 East Main Street
Danville, IN 46122
765-348-1762 (phone and fax)

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