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Central Ohio Diabetes Association's Youth Program teaches children and their families how to live well with diabetes. Education programs help young people become more independent in their diabetes care. Recreation activities develop positive self-esteem and introduce youth to other children with diabetes.

Camp Programs

When summer comes and school's out, many children look forward to going to camp. However, special care needs to be taken to ensure a healthy, fun camping experience for children with diabetes. Central Ohio Diabetes Association's day and residential camp programs are medically supervised at all times, and are designed to promote proper diabetes management while enabling youth to enjoy traditional camp activities.

  • Central Ohio Diabetes Association's Kids Camp--Day campers, ages 3 to 7, enjoy fun at the Hoover Y Park just south of Columbus. Children are encouraged to explore their potential, try different activities, build friendships and learn about their diabetes. Parents and siblings are invited to be a part of the day camp.
  • Stepping Stones--This day camp, also held at the Hoover Y Park, is for youth ages 8 to 12 who want to try an overnight camping experience before attending Camp Hamwi. Stepping Stones is designed to assist campers in learning more about themselves and their diabetes while having fun and making friends.
  • Camp Hami's Senior Week Camp Hamwi--For more than three decades, Central Ohio Diabetes Association has offered a summer residential camp experience for youth with diabetes at Camp Hamwi in Danville, Ohio. In addition to enjoying the traditional camp experience, campers at Hamwi participate in activities designed to improve their knowledge of their own diabetes. From beginners to more practiced individuals, Camp Hamwi offers a diverse program for any skill level. Each week the program is specifically designed to address the interest of a particular age group: Junior Challenge is for youth ages 7 to 12; and teens, ages 13 to 17, may sign up for Senior Challenge.

The cost to attend camps: Central Ohio Diabetes Association's Kids Camp is $115 per person; Stepping Stones is $135 per person; and, Camp Hamwi is $550 per person. Scholarship applications are available. To register for one of Central Ohio Diabetes Association's camp sessions, call (614) 884-4400 or 1-800-422-7946.

Other Activities and Programs

There's more to Central Ohio Diabetes Association's Youth Program than just camp...

  • Central Ohio Diabetes Association sends a quarterly newsletter, Central Ohio Diabetes Association C.A.R.E.'s., updating youth and their families on upcoming activities. It also includes informative briefs on diabetes as well as a fun game or two. CODA Youth ski trip
  • The Youth Scholarship Program, sponsored by Central Ohio Diabetes Association's Women's Board, provides scholarships to full-time undergraduate students with diabetes in the Central Ohio area. Ideal candidates must demonstrate exemplary adjustment to living with diabetes, show financial need, display involvement in Central Ohio Diabetes Association programs or in extracurricular activities which help others, and pursue personal growth. Applications are available the first week of November. Deadline is mid-February each year.
  • Central Ohio Diabetes Association also offers individual and family counseling by a licensed social worker to gain a better understanding of diabetes and the challenges the entire family may face.

Holiday Parties

At Central Ohio Diabetes Association, we love to party! Children with diabetes, ages 3 to 12, and their families are invited to attend our sugar-free Easter, Fall Celebration and December Holiday parties. Everyone has lots of fun playing games, making a holiday craft and even learning a little about diabetes.

For more information about the Central Ohio Diabetes Association's Youth Program, call Central Ohio Diabetes Association at (614) 884-4400 or 1-800-422-7946.