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    Teen Escape 2019 – An Awesome Adventure!

     


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    Twenty four slightly nervous teens and their parents arrived bright and early at Diabetes Auckland for Teen Camp check in. The ice breaker games started to warm everyone up, and after the bus ride everyone had talked to someone and people were starting to get to know each other. On arrival in Muriwai, the weather was a little wet, but everyone was in good spirits and looking forward to three days of fun and activities. Houghton’s Bush Camp in Muriwai was a great venue – except for the wildlife! However, we coped with a few spiders and wasps – more chances for bonding over some shared terror! Camp Manager Carla gets the award for the best response to a shower encounter with a wasp…

    The first day was based around camp, with bush craft, rock wall climbing, confidence course and adventure games on the agenda. There were various skill levels and abilities, but the focus was on fun and on challenging yourself. Some people were proud to have done their first ever climbing session, others were rock climbing blindfolded (Go Emma)! The confidence course provided a climbing wall challenge too – Kenz made sure to set up a testing course in the follow the leader game, contorting his body to reach a series of impossible holds!

    Tree Adventures was a highlight of the second day, spending time clipped into ziplines and rope climbs was a winner with everyone. Nurses and Camp Managers got involved too – and lots of friendships were formed during discussions as to the best route to take when hanging 10 metres up in the air! Along with Tree Adventures, there was a Woodhill Mountain Biking session. The Big Foot Adventures instructors were awesome, they had fantastic mountain biking tips and really connected with our group. A definite camp highlight was when two of the Big Foot instructors did finger pricks to check their blood sugar along with the Type 1 teens – even though neither of them had diabetes!

    There was a fantastic surprise in the middle of our day at Woodhill, with our amazing Camp Manager, Andrew Good, being awarded a Seven Sharp and ASB Good as Gold award! Carla Canty, who’s the other half of the Camp Manager Dynamic Duo, was busy trying to coordinate a surprise ambush by a TV crew, whilst also running a camp! The TV crew were organised to arrive at Woodhill, but the bus with lunch was at Tree Adventures… Carla stood firm, calmly asked for the bus to be brought over and proceeded to get all the kids organised into seats around the barbecue tables. She then asked everyone to be quiet for some announcements, and stood at the front with Andrew – who admitted later that he thought Carla’s blood sugar was a bit low as she didn’t seem to actually have any announcements to make… Next moment he was ambushed by a man with a microphone giving him $10,000!

    Evening sessions were spent with the Starship and DYA team and involved Diabetes based games and discussions, and again provided lots of opportunities for learning and bonding.

    The final day dawned and with a clean up first on the list, there were some stars who shone through on the clean up teams (Tabea you were amazing)! Next up was a Pancake Race – and yes it involved eating pancakes! There were prizes awarded for presentation, teamwork and taste, with the Starship team very willing judges! Kayaking and a trip to Parakai Pools and McDonalds rounded out a big final day. Kayaking on a private lake surrounded by waterlilies and cows was beautiful and a lot of fun, there were some very competitive ‘friendly’ games. Relaxing in Parakai pools allowed the teens to chat about the fun they’d had over the previous three days – and to plan dinner at McDonalds. Wow, we learnt there’s a lot of carbs in those meals!

    Finally it was back on the bus and time to return some exhausted but happy teens to their parents.

     

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    Kelly Tarlton’s Sleepover!


    KELLY TARLTON'S SLEEPOVER 2019

    THIS EVENT IS FULL – if you would like to go on the waiting list, please contact natalieh@diabetesauckland.org.nz

    Have you ever wanted to sleep with the sharks and stingrays? Here’s your chance!

    Calling all Type 1’s and their families, come along for a night of fun and adventure. Make friends and meet others with Type 1 diabetes, learn from each other and enjoy an event where everyone is checking blood sugars and injecting insulin. An opportunity for kids and parents to meet others in similar situations, while at the same time exploring behind the scenes at Kelly Tarlton’s.

    Rangitoto Bears on the Summit 2019

     

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    Please share this story of our climb to the top of Rangitoto with your children!

    Braving a slightly uncertain weather forecast, a large group of parents, kids and teddy bears gathered at the ferry terminal on Saturday 22nd February, ready to climb to the summit of Rangitoto. There was a passing shower as we waited at the ferry to board, but that soon cleared and left us with perfect conditions for the summit climb, slightly overcast and not too hot, but fine! 

    The ferry trip was fast but noisy, as the engines kicked in once we were out in the harbour to quickly speed us across to Rangitoto. We spread out across the upper and lower decks and enjoyed the amazing views back to the city, with the Sky Tower prominent on the skyline. 

    On our arrival at Rangitoto, we posed for a  group photo, then we set off through the volcanic rock. The path started with a gentle slope and the older kids raced ahead. We made a long snake-like trail of families, passing each other along the way as we stopped to read about the volcanic history of the island, take photos of the view, or stop for a drink or a quick carb snack. The steady uphill climb meant lots of extra carbs were needed! 

    We reached the top slightly sweaty and out of breath, but very proud of our achievement and were rewarded with stunning views in all directions. After an early lunch we gathered the kids together for a teddy bears’ photo. Then it was time for the games. Both adults and kids joined in and there was lots of hilarity with teddy bears flying everywhere! 

    Heading back down from the summit, the journey seemed so much shorter when it was downhill! Lots of people made the detour to the lava caves and braved the small dark rocky tunnel mouth to climb through to explore the cathedral-like caves beyond.  

    At the base it was time for more food, a quick swim for some and an explore of the Bach Museum – complete with long drop! Finally the ferry arrived to transport lots of tired but happy Type 1s and their families back to the mainland. What a great day out! 

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    Family Camp 2019


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    Benefits of Family Camp

    It was a very positive experience and great that it was also a very active one. My T1 really enjoyed meeting another T1 of similar age and interests * 

    Family camp is for the whole family, come along and meet some other families with Type 1 diabetes!

    Make new friends 

    It’s a chance for your Type 1 child to make friends and meet others who are also checking blood sugars, injecting insulin before meals and dealing with the day to day issues of diabetes management. The more times they can come along to events and connect with others, the stronger those friendships will become. If they are not certain about coming along to a camp on their own, then this is a great start, as at this camp siblings and parents get the chance to come along and join in the fun!

    Connect with others and share experiences 

    Having a support network of people around you is essential, people who know what you’re going through and who just get it without needing an explanation. Family camp provides the opportunity for both parents and kids to gather around them a support network of other Type 1s who understand what it’s like living with diabetes.

    Get outdoors and get active 

    How often does your family get together and go on an adventure in one of our beautiful regional parks! Less than an hour away and full of beautiful beaches and wildlife, take the opportunity to come and explore and be led by experienced guides to try new outdoor activities. Make sure to show the kids this video which shows some of the exciting activities on offer at YMCA Shakespear Lodge: Click here for video!

    Learn more about your Type 1 child’s diabetes 

    Family camp is also a chance to increase your knowledge and understanding of diabetes, see how others manage their condition and what the latest advances in diabetes management are.

    We’re looking forward to seeing you at Family Camp!

    *Feedback from one of our recent events.

    2019 Teen Camp

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    BENEFITS OF TEEN CAMP

    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 Bigfoot Adventure’s team of professional instructors who teach a mixture of land and water 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.

    Bears on the Summit

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    November is Diabetes Action Month! Join Diabetes Youth Auckland for a Teddy Bears Picnic on the Rangitoto summit!

    Bring Jerry the Bear or your favourite ‘betic toy along and help create awareness of Type 1 Diabetes. (PS get your Jerry at https://www.diabetes.org.nz/1-pack-and-jerry-the-bear/)

    Setting off from the Downtown Ferry Terminal at 0915am and returning at approx 345pm. It will be a great day out meeting other families living with Diabetes, enjoying the natural beauty we have on our doorstep and building awareness of the things we do to live life well with T1D.

    Diabetes Technology Series

    Diabetes Technology Series
    Tuesday 6th,13th & 20th November – 7.00pm to 9.30pm

    Technology is rapidly changing, what does this mean for Diabetes? Join us for 3 evening sessions during November and learn about the Devices, Software and Advanced Tech that can be used as part of managing diabetes.

    Sessions will be interactive so come with lots of questions!

    Session 1 – Devices – 6/11
    – Guest speakers to present on the new Insulin Pumps and CGM systems – what these are, how they work, how to get the most out of them.
    – Miaomiao/Blucon

    Session 2 – Software – 13/11
    – Nightscout, Diasend, xDrip+, Spike, Glimp + other apps
    – Setting up followers
    – Where to go to get help on setting up

    Session 3 – Advanced Tech – 20/11
    – #wearenotwaiting movement – DIY Artificial Pancreas systems
    – OpenAPS, AndroidAPS, Loop – what these are and how they are being used

    Register for one or all the sessions below!

    2019 Childrens Summer Camp

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

    BENEFITS OF SUMMER CAMP

    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:

    Click Here to download

    To Apply:

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

    Comedy Fundraiser

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    Come along and support Diabetes Youth Auckland!

    A great night out including a 2 hour comedy showcase featuring 4-5 pro comedians, Live Auctions (including an e-bike valued at $1300), Raffles and Spot prizes.

    Your support directly helps youth and their families living with Type 1 Diabetes by allowing DYA to continue running our Camps, Education Events, and General Support in the Auckland region.

    There will be a cash bar available and bar snacks (fries etc).

    The team at DYA look forward to seeing you there!

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