We are looking for 2-3 dietetic students, preferably in their junior or senior year, to volunteer at diabetes camp from July 20 through July 26, 2014. Dr. Barclay’s Camp for Children with Diabetes has been in existence since 1977. It is a medically supervised 1 week summer camp for children with diabetes, ages 8-16, and is located within Camp Fitch (an ACA accredited YMCA camp) in North Springfield, PA (about 30 minutes from Erie, PA). It’s staffed with medical residents, physician assistants, nurse, dietitians and other volunteer health care professionals/students, under the medical direction of an endocrinologist. This is a mainstream camp. Most of the children at CampFitch do not have diabetes. Typically, there are 25-35 children with diabetes who attend every year. During the week, campers with diabetes do all the same activities as “typical” campers, from water skiing to horseback riding to climbing walls. They are given the opportunity to increase their independence in managing their diabetes as they attend daily educational sessions in coping and management skills and interact with other children who also have diabetes.
Student volunteers would be working under the direction of 2 registered dietitians (one of whom is a certified diabetes educator).
Responsibilities include preparing and dispensing sugar free punch, working in the dining hall, assisting the campers with their carbohydrate selections (including those wearing insulin pumps), passing A.M. and P.M. snacks, informing the physicians of campers’ carbohydrate intake, so the appropriate amount of mealtime insulin can be given.
Student volunteers have also helped to create and present educational games on nutrition and diabetes. They may also participate in 3 A.M. blood glucose testing rounds with a medical team (physician, physician assistant, dietitian).
The medical staff stays in Mirto Lodge at CampFitch, which is equipped with bunk beds and showers. We eat all meals in the dining hall and the camp food is delicious!
This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for student dietitians. For more information, contact Darlene at email@example.com. Interested candidates can go to the Camp Fitch website: www.campfitchymca.org. Students who respond to this letter may be asked to provide some additional information.
Darlene Przybyszewski, RD, LDN, CDE and Renee Slabic, RD
c/o Diabetes Institute at UPMC Hamot
104 East 2nd Street, 8th Floor
Erie, PA 16507