Home Sweet Home!

For the seventh straight year, Forest Club was once again home to Camp COPE (Children Overcoming Diabetes Problems Everywhere) last 1 to 4 May 2008.

About 40 insulin-dependent children and young adults joined close to 30 doctors, nurses, counselors and volunteers in this year’s camp.

Every summer, Camp COPE in Forest Club comes alive to adventurous campers with insulin dependent diabetes. Amidst the lush backdrop of trees, a rolling blanket of healthy green grass, and an inviting lagoon, children look forward to this camp.

The camp aims to provide a fun and safe camping experience for children with Type 1 Diabetes. It gives the campers the opportunity to meet and develop friendships with the other children who also have diabetes. These relationships could build self-confidence and the more important self-esteem to cope with the emotional ups and downs of diabetes. Specifically, the campers learn that they are not alone. They are assured of having great counselors (who also have diabetes) to look up to, as well as an incredible support staff of doctors, nurses and dieticians who understand their condition. In camp, it is emphasized that they can be capable of meeting any of life's challenges and of pursuing goals they desire.

Aside from the activities in the camp, the children get an informal education on diabetes. Innovative learning techniques such as rap sessions, games interactive sessions and other teachable moments are adopted to make the education process interesting. The kids are taught how to recognize and treat high and low blood sugars. They learn skills in monitoring their own blood sugar and in adjusting their insulin. They get information on how their food choices and activities affect their blood sugar. In general, they are guided on how to develop confidence in managing their diabetes.

Whether it is a stroll along the Forest Canopy Walk, a leisurely morning jog or a song or cheer presented at campfire, as long as it is done together, with a cooperative spirit, the camp is rated as successful. In camp, where having diabetes is the rule rather than the exception, the children feel at ease and accepted. Gradually, the kids gain self-confidence to participate in an increasing number of activities. They begin to talk freely about having diabetes to others who can relate and understand. They start to reach out to their peers and take home new skills to enrich their lives. At camp's end, they can confidently say - "I went to Camp COPE and had fun!"

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