Enrollment is now open for children age seven to 13, with type
one diabetes, for the annual free ETMC
Diabetes Boot Camp.
"For a child with type 1 diabetes, every day is a battle to
maintain good health, and in some cases, his or her life," said
Vickie Robinson, director of diabetes university at ETMC. "The ETMC
Diabetes Boot Camp focuses on teaching lessons for life that help
kids win the battle."
This year's camp will be held July 22-26 from 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
at the ETMC Pavilion Conference Center. The camp will feature
exercise classes, self-defense, sports and more led by the staff of
the ETMC Olympic Center. Campers will swim in ETMC's large pool and
be transported by air-conditioned buses to all activities. The week
will also include a mini-ropes course, arts and crafts, a water
obstacle course and a field trip to the Caldwell Zoo.
"The camp gives the children a chance to meet other kids with
type one diabetes while learning how to understand and control
their diabetes and promote independence and self-discipline while
having a fun and exciting week at camp," said Robinson. "For
parents, we want them to know that we will have trained nurses
there all week to help the kids manage their diabetes. Also we will
carefully plan out the meals so they are appropriate for what the
For more information, please call ETMC Diabetes University at
903-531-8640. The deadline to register is June 14. Space is
The Diabetes Boot Camp is made possible through gifts to the
ETMC Foundation for this community health project. Special
thanks go to FirstChoice Cooperative, the T.B. Butler Foundation
and the many individuals who support the camp through ETMC's
holiday giving campaign.