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Celebrating 50 Years, our annual Childrens Summer camp is going to fill up quickly!


Feedback from a camper:

“Hi my name is Grace and this was my first Summer Camp. I was really nervous because I didn’t know anybody and I didn’t want to go, but once I got there I soon made friends. I’m really not an outside person but I LOVED CANOEING. I wasn’t so sure about abseiling and the crates as I’m not a fan of heights but I gave them a go anyway and felt really good about it. Another great thing about camp was learning to do my own injections. I am a needle phobe and I was adamant I wasn’t going to do them myself but the nurses were so encouraging that I managed to do it. I was so happy and so were my parents.”

Meet new friends

They’ll be surrounded by other people just like them and for once they won’t be the only one testing and injecting – the whole camp will! Don’t worry if they don’t know anyone before camp – most kids don’t. Summer Camp is the easiest way to meet kids of a similar age with diabetes and in many cases form friendships that help them through the teenage years and beyond. Once they’ve made friends here it makes it more fun to catch up with them at other Diabetes Youth Auckland events. If children feel a bit unsure about being away from home that’s not uncommon and our camp team are trained to make sure everyone feels comfortable and help them make new friends.

Build self confidence

Daytime activities are led by MERC’s team of professional instructors who teach a mixture of land and water based activities including sea kayaking, body boarding, archery plus lots of fun team based activities all designed to enhance self-esteem and confidence.

Gain independence with diabetes management

It’s a fantastic opportunity for your child to learn more about diabetes management and gain some independence. Safety is our top priority. A Starship diabetes doctor is always available and diabetes nurse specialists supervise all diabetes management of campers. They are supported by overnight nurses, a dietician, reps from medical companies and group leaders who are older teenagers or young adults with type 1 diabetes.

Take a break

While your child is having fun at camp this is also a time for parents and family to have “time out” from diabetes management. This may be the first time you’ve had an overnight break since your child was diagnosed. We want you to be able to relax secure in the knowledge that your child is being well supported in managing his/her diabetes.


Information Pack:

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To Apply:

Complete the online Application form and pay the deposit online at https://dya.focusmedia.co.nz/2019-summer-camp