Programs for Camps
Young Adults Leadership
  • 2016 Diabetes Camping Symposium

    Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the DECA Symposium on Monday, February 8, 2016, in Atlanta.  This will be a full day of diabetes camp learning and networking. We are including the top requested session topics: Nutrition, Research, Diabetes Games, Program/Health Care Staff Collaboration, Culture/Camper Recruitment, Value Judgment, The Adolescent Transition, and Helping Children with Diabetes Feel Normal.  The meeting will be held as a Kindred Event of the American Camping Association's 2016 National Conference.

    For more information and to register go to:  DECA Diabetes Camping Symposium.


    Medically-Focused Camps Track at ACA National Conference

    The American Camp Association (ACA) is pleased to announce the addition of a new Medically-Focused Camp Programs Track at its National Conference, which will be held February 9-12, 2016, in Atlanta, GA. Campers living with diabetes and/or other serious and chronic illness have the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones, experience the wonders of camp and thrive. This new track, made possible through a gift from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, will address a range of issues, needs and strategies for professionals working with medically-focused camp programs. We encourage all interested professionals to attend and participate in these sessions. Camps that welcome campers with health and medical issues require specific, tailored training to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. The Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) and SeriousFun Children’s Network will work in collaboration with ACA to develop the content of the Medically-Focused Camp Programs Track.

    To register for the ACA National Conference and to learn more about the Medically-Focused Camp Program Track, go to: Medically Focused Camps Track.


    Young Adult with Diabetes?

    Come to the next DTreat in Boise, Idaho

    July 10 - 12, 2015

    DTreat is an opportunity to gather with peers and focus on topics like stress, college, relationships, alcohol, insurance, emotions and much, much more!!

    Come to an epic weekend with other participants aged 18-30. Meet new friends, hear great talks including a JDRF artificial pancreas presentation and many other incredible speakers!

    DECA’s next DTreat is sponsored by Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs. Find out more at



    The Retreat for Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

    DTreat is a retreat program that connects young adults between the ages of 18-25 with type 1 diabetes. Young adults attending DTreat have the opportunity to attend discussions, workshops and social events on life-affecting topics such as:

    • Health insurance, navigating health care and finances
    • Exercise and nutrition
    • Time management with diabetes in your life
    • Stress management and relationships
    • Partying and other risky business…and more
    • Sexuality
    • How to handle your parents' fears

    DTreat programs are actively coordinated by DECA Member Camps and other partners and generously sponsored by many foundations, diabetes industry partners and others and are offered annually across the country.

    To find out more about DTreat, or to get involved in the DTreat community, visit the DTreat Facebook page.

  • DLEAD – Young Adult Diabetes Leadership Development

    DLead connects dynamic young leaders to create and support innovative solutions that engage individuals in the positive development of the underserved type 1 diabetes community in North America.  DLead successfully launched DTreat, a retreat program for young adults that has been offered at college campuses across North America.  By providing support, cooperative educational programs and tools for healthy living, DTreat participants develop positive wellbeing and supportive social networks. For more information, visit the DTreat Facebook page.

    International Diabetes Federation Young Leaders Program (IDF) Young Leaders

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries.

    The IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes Program works to improve the lives of young people with diabetes through the development of future diabetes leaders.  DECA works with IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes Program to expand opportunities for young leaders worldwide, to facilitate partnerships, to promote the expansion of diabetes camps, to serve in training and mentoring capacities and to form partnerships for healthy futures.

    If you are a member of the IDF Young Leader in Diabetes Program and wish to post a request for information, please contact us.

    If you are a camp, organization or individual interested in reaching out to the IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes, please contact us.