At Camp Nejeda, youth with diabetes are given the opportunity to live, if only for one or two weeks at a time, in a world where having diabetes is the norm and where there is no need to explain blood sugar testing, finger pricks, insulin injections, ketones, 'lows' (insulin reactions), boluses or 'carb' counting. Everyone here already understands!
Here, children with diabetes are free to be just children. This normalizing of their experience combines with both formal and informal educational moments to promote good diabetes management and healthy, active living.
Camp Nejeda has been providing empowering summer camp and other programs for children with type 1 diabetes and their families since 1958. In addition to providing eight weeks of traditional Summer Sleep-Away camp, Camp Nejeda offers Family Camps, Day Camps, Spring and Fall weekend programs, T1D Adult Weekend, Nurse Education seminars and much more. Please explore our website and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions!
All campers are subsidized approximately one half the cost of camp by the Camp Nejeda Foundation. Many campers solicit financial aid for camp from local charities and service organizations like the Lions, Kiwanis, Michael's Miracles and hospital outreach programs or from their churches and/or relatives. Financial aid is also available through the Camp Nejeda Foundation's Campership Program. You must be registered for Camp Nejeda in order to apply for financial aid.
It cost $1,100 for one single camper to attend one week. We understand that the need for these kids to attend is unprecedented. This is a fully staffed medical facility with nurses and doctors on staff. The counselors are either diabetic themselves or fully trained to care for a diabetic child. Each child receives the care they need to have a happy camp experience. This is sometimes the only time that parents can actually breathe when their child is away from them, knowing the excellent care they will receive. Plus the added bonus of having their child come home, feeling normal, self aware and able to manage their own care. Please help us send kids to camp.