Camp for Youth With Type 1 Diabetes

Curr Diab Rep. 2016 Aug;16(8):68. doi: 10.1007/s11892-016-0759-x.


Camps for youth with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have grown in size and scope since they first emerged in the 1920s. Anecdotal evidence suggests that attending camp with other youth with T1D is beneficial, largely attributed to sharing fun, active experiences and removing the isolation of living with diabetes. However, few studies have evaluated the psychosocial and medical impacts of T1D camp attendance during and after camp sessions. In addition, T1D camps have been a setting for numerous studies on a variety of T1D-related research questions not related to camp itself, such as testing novel diabetes management technologies in an active, non-laboratory setting. This paper reviews the evidence of psychosocial and medical outcomes associated with T1D camp attendance across the globe, provides an overview of other research conducted at camp, and offers recommendations for future research conducted at T1D camp.

Keywords: Camping; Education; Glycemic control; Pediatrics; Psychosocial outcomes; Research; Type 1 diabetes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Camping / psychology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / psychology*
  • Health Planning Guidelines
  • Humans
  • Research