Our signature event, the ConnecT1D Family Camp welcomes families impacted by Type 1 Diabetes who have children of all ages.
We are proud to announce that the 6th ConnecT1D Family Camp will be held October 6-8, 2017 at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, Washington. Look for an announcement for when registration for Camp will open. Check the information below for all the details about Camp and what to expect from this amazing program.
The weekend’s agenda for parents and other caregivers includes presenters and breakout sessions covering a variety of diabetes-related topics, and includes both formal presentations from renowned experts and small group discussion to facilitate community building.
ConnecT1D Family Camp proudly accommodates all families and volunteers with celiac disease. In fact, our entire event is 100% gluten free.
The 2016 Family Camp agenda included:
- T1D Advocacy:
- How to create a 504 and Care Plan.
- How to advocate for T1D issues in your community.
- Managing diabetes:
- Diabetes 102: A session specifically to share tips and tricks with newly diagnosed families.
- Sports and Diabetes: Insights from T1D athletes
- Emotional Health:
- Parental self-care while caring for a child with Type 1 diabetes
- A vendor fair to examine the latest technology and programs.
- Family team challenge adventure & Family Game Night/ Movie Night.
- Advice and sharing from T1D life experts
- Teen Panel
- Adults living with T1D Panel
- Parents Panel
- Research Updates: the latest and most promising in diabetes research
Signing up is easier than a 3:00 AM blood test.
Registration for Family Camp is now closed. Check back next year to join us for Family Camp 2017.
Get all the latest details on this year's camp, finish required paperwork, and more:
Family Camp's biggest hit: You!
Check back here for more information about when volunteer applications will open for the 2017 Family Camp. You can be a junior counselor (age 13-15), camp counselor or an event volunteer. Camp is awesome because of the counselors. You can help change a life for a kid with Type 1 Diabetes.
And you are awesome!
The application will take about 20 minutes to complete. You will need to come to a volunteer training before Camp. Training sessions will be held to the North and South of Seattle, and be available via Skype if necessary.
Check out the pictures from past ConnecT1D Family Camps!
2016 ConnecT1D Family Camp
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Guide to ConnecT1D Family Camp
If you’ve never been to a weekend-long event like the ConnecT1D Family Camp, here’s an idea what to expect:
For Parents: There will be programming for parents on various diabetes-related topics throughout the weekend. The formal programming begins Saturday morning after breakfast and ends right before lunch on Sunday. However, the weekend officially begins on Friday night and you won’t want to miss registration and ice breaker activities. ConnecT1D Family Camp is an opportunity for you to meet other parents and for your child to meet other children as well as their counselors.
“An incredible weekend with my fellow T1D families - we were welcomed immediately by this new community of brave, soulful and hilarious people.”
The topics for the parents programming were selected by the volunteer committee based on the feedback provided in our community survey. They include topics as diverse as school safety, research updates, new technology, the emotional impact of diabetes on families, and others. There will be a panel of Type 1 teens who will share their perspectives on growing up with diabetes and taking ownership of their diabetes management. The weekend provides the opportunity to meet and bond with other families that know and understand the challenges and successes of parenting a child with Type 1 Diabetes. There will be ample opportunities to share your tips and strategies as well as ask about the challenges your family is currently facing.
“Before Camp we hadn’t met anyone else with
Type 1 Diabetes. We felt alone.”
For Children: There is a robust children’s program for the weekend. Your children will be supervised by volunteers that have experience with Type 1 Diabetes. Before the beginning of each session, there will be a formal handoff to the counselors that ensures your child is being supervised throughout the weekend, either by you or the volunteers. All volunteers have undergone a Washington State background check.
The children are separated into age groups and will enjoy a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, games, and nature hikes. Whether your child has diabetes or is a sibling of someone with diabetes, s/he will have the chance to become friends with other children that understand what it is like to be in a family impacted by diabetes.
“The only downfall was how devastated my daughter was to leave…with the help and encouragement of camp buddies, she tested herself for the first time this weekend!”
The counselors do not assist with testing, but there are scheduled testing and snack breaks built into the day. If your child is able to test on his or her own and is low, the counselors will have juice or glucose tabs to treat lows. If your child is not able to test on their own, you will be contacted immediately to come and test if a low is suspected. We train our counselors to err on the side of caution and they will provide glucose tabs or juice “in the field” or in transit to the lodge on a case by case basis.
“I cannot say in words how transformed and empowered I feel. It was awesome.”
Accommodations and Meals: Accommodations are lodge-style housing with at least one full/queen size bed per room, as well as bunk beds. Your room also includes a private bathroom. Bed linens and towels are provided. Meals will be family style in a dining hall. Carbohydrate counts will be provided for all meals. The entire weekend is gluten free to accommodate our celiac families. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided on Saturday and breakfast and lunch will be provided on Sunday. You’ll be responsible for your own dinner on Friday evening.
Family Camp Information
frequently asked questions
To help you prepare for the weekend, we’ve compiled some Frequently Asked Questions about ConnecT1D Family Camp. Have a question that’s not listed below? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where are we staying?
Warm Beach Camp provides lodge-style housing with an en suite bathroom. Bed linens and towels are provided, but don’t forget your favorite personal toiletries.
Where is Warm Beach Camp?
Warm Beach Camp is located about 50 miles north of Seattle, near Stanwood, Washington. The camp address is 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA 98292
Directions coming from the North (Mt. Vernon, Bellingham)
Going south on I-5, take exit 212 (Stanwood/Camano Island).
Turn right onto Hwy 532 and travel approximately 5 1/4 miles west to Stanwood.
Turn left at the 4th light onto 88th Ave NW and go 1/4 mile to stop sign.
Turn right onto Marine Drive and travel south for approximately 4 miles to Warm Beach Camp entrance on the right.
Directions coming from the South (Marysville, Everett, Seattle)
Going north on I-5, take exit 206 (172nd St NE).
Turn left onto 172nd St NE, cross over the freeway, and proceed approximately 2 1/4 miles to the stop sign.
Turn right onto Hwy 531 (Lakewood Road) and travel approximately 6 miles to the stop sign at Marine Drive.
Turn right onto Marine Drive and go approximately 1 1/4 miles to Warm Beach Camp entrance on the left.
What are the registration fees to attend ConnecT1D Family Camp?
Adults – $105 per person
Kids (ages 4-12) – $85 per child
Volunteers & kids under 4 – FREE
When do we need to arrive?
Registration is open between 5:00-7:00 PM Friday evening. Please be sure to eat dinner before you arrive.
What is the schedule for the weekend?
The full agenda will be posted shortly, but here’s a sneak peek:
Saturday will be a full day of activities for parents and kids. We kick off at 8:00 with breakfast, we have several speakers and breakout sessions for the parents, who will cover topics that may include diabetes in schools, managing the emotional impact of diabetes on your child and your family, pumping and CGMs, and many more. We’ll cap things off with a camp fire or other social activity Saturday night.
Sunday will likely include a diabetes research update and the ever-popular Teen Panel.
How much time will the kids spend with us vs. with the camp counselors?
Counselors will ensure your kids are safe and have a great time while you are attending the various speakers and breakout sessions throughout the weekend.
Children are with their families for all meals, snacks, family free time on Saturday afternoon, camp fire and overnight.
A formal camper hand-off process is utilized to ensure camper safety.
Who will be watching my child?
Our volunteers either have Type 1 Diabetes or a close connection to it.
Volunteer counselors are ages 16 and up. Junior counselors are ages 13-15. Each age group will have one or more counselor over the age of 18.
Our child-to-volunteer ratio for the weekend is 2:1 or 3:1, depending on the age group.
All volunteers pass a background check prior to camp and go through a volunteer training course offered by ConnecT1D.
What if my child needs help testing during a play session?
Volunteers will contact parents of campers that cannot test themselves to assist with testing.
Volunteers are not authorized to assist with testing or injections.
We train our counselors to err on the side of caution and they will provide glucose tabs or juice “in the field” on a case by case basis.
What if my child is low while they are in a play session?
If your child does not test their own blood sugar, counselors will bring you to your child to have you assist with testing.
If your child does test their own blood sugar, they will complete the test on their own and counselors will provide juice or glucose tabs, if necessary, and update you during the next camper hand off.
We encourage parents to consider the amount of activity their kids will be doing for the weekend and adjust basal rates accordingly.
What medical supplies do I need to pack?
You should bring all testing, low blood sugar treatment supplies, insulin, needles and pumping supplies necessary for your child’s care for the weekend. Back up low blood sugar supplies will be available.
One of my kids will be a camper and one is a counselor. What are the fees for our family and will our counselor teen stay with us?
Your family will pay for all adult participants and campers. Volunteer counselors are free; you are not charged the adult participation fee for volunteer counselors.
Unless other requests are made, counselors will be assigned to the volunteer housing quarters. For our teen volunteers this is a great way to meet and reconnect with other teens with diabetes. Adult supervision is provided in the teen lodges.
What does our registration fee include?
Lodging with en suite bathrooms, five meals, three snacks, diabetes management seminars and child care.
My child has Celiac Disease. Will there be food available that (s)he can eat?
We know that 10% of all kids with Type 1 Diabetes have a dual diagnosis of celiac disease and have elected to make our entire event gluten free. We work with the kitchen staff at Warm Beach to ensure that best practices for food prep are taken. While we cannot promise the event will be 100% immune from gluten cross contamination, volunteers with celiac disease are working with the Camp to ensure that all precautions are taken to ensure safety. Dedicated gluten free toasters and baking equipment will be used in all instances. All kitchen surfaces and cooking stations will have been deeply cleaned and sanitized prior to our arrival on Friday evening. In fact, we negotiated with the Camp that the entire Camp will be gluten free for the entire weekend, including for any persons not affiliated with ConnecT1D, further reducing the risk of cross-contamination.
Can grandparents, caregivers and other family members attend camp?
Absolutely! The whole family is welcome to join in a weekend of learning and camaraderie with other families impacted by Type 1 Diabetes.
Can we bring our dog?
Unfortunately our camp facilities cannot accommodate pets. Exceptions are made for service animals including Diabetes Alert Dogs.
Is there Wi-Fi at camp?
Wi-Fi is available in select locations throughout the camp, but not reliably in all cabins.
What is Your Refund policy?
We will refund registration costs 100% up to 1 month prior to camp and 50% refund up to 2 weeks before camp. After that we are unfortunately unable to refund tickets due to room costs and food orders being finalized with the venue.