In one of its first kind, a camp ‘WOB’ was organized by Deryl O’Brien, of Florham Park for only diabetic children. The factor that instigated her to organize the camp was that she herself was in look out for a camp that could cater her son who has Type-1 diabetes but could not find any and then she herself created that camp.
The main feature of this weeklong camp was the feeling that children experienced that they all belonged to the same group and there was no loneliness feeling. Even the counselors in the day camp chosen by O’Brien had that diabetes for the reason that campers could be able to relate with their caretakers and do not feel strange while discussing any problem with them. In a day camp they played football and other games and did swimming in Sunrise Lake and had lunch afterwards. The children were aged between 6 to 13 years.
Not all camps have registered nurses like camp WOB which has two registered nurses. In Type 1 diabetes pancreas is not able to produce insulin to direct blood sugar levels. On camp, there were many campers which had insulin pumps but these pumps leave marks on the body. The marks could have led children feel self conscious among others but when all are suffering from the same disease then they bond with each other with a feeling of commonness.
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