I just got back from my week at Camp De Los Ninos. This is a camp that caters to children ages 6-13 with Diabetes. I actually went to this camp back in 1986 and 1987 and haden't been back since. It is at the same exact location, run by the same group. Well after a week and I feel a great sense of fullfillment and can't wait to come back next year to be a counsoler again. I had a great group of kids in my cabin and got to work with some great peers. It is great that a camp like this is around. It is so important for kids with Diabetes to make friends that have Diabetes as well. It is very important for those kids to see social barriers blown away by the acceptance of a place that caters to you.
In the picture to the right, I am sitting with three of my campers, three great kids. I look forward to seeing them next year and seeing how they have grown up in the year away from camp. That is my bunk that I slept in all week...yes fun times in a small cabin with 11 other people.
In the picture to the right are my peers in the cabin. To my right and left are C.I.T.'s...counselors in training. That means that when old enough, they will be able to become counselors themselves. Further to my left "hidden" behind the bottom of the top bunk is Dylan, my co-counselor.
These are the rest of my campers in my cabin. As you can see they are wet from a water balloon fight that I was some how missing from. Its ok, they saved half a water bottle for me when they found me after it was over.
We all spent the week doing archery, arts and crafts, climbing a rock wall, playing gaga ball (a variation of dodge ball), swimming, learning more about diabetes (the counsolers nap time), sleeping outside under the stars on night, and spening the end of nights at campfire. It was a lot of fun and everyone had a great time.
Below are some video's of camp fire skits that were performed. They are incredibly funny