CDBC is unique because it is the only Diabetes camp in the WORLD that is also a Basketball Camp! BUT we do LOTS of fun activities besides basketball, too!
Here is a rundown of what you can expect at CDBC:
Good Morning – Team Lines
First thing in the morning, campers join their coaches and teammates on the courts in “team lines” and go with their team up to “Test and Shot”.
Test and Shot, Breakfast
At breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime snack we have “test and shot.” All campers will test their blood sugar, count carbohydrates for their meal based on a menu, meet with the camp doctors, and administer their insulin doses. All blood sugars, carbs, and doses are recorded on individual campers’ charts to keep track of their trends throughout the week.
After breakfast, we hit the courts! On Monday, campers will be assigned to a team, coach, and counselor. Each team has between 6-10 campers, with 4 teams of younger campers and 6 of older. Coaches will work with campers on basketball skills, while counselors are present to assist with blood sugar testing, low treatments, and any other diabetes related concerns. We start the morning with stretches and fundamentals drills.
15 grams of carbohydrate and protein to keep your blood sugar up while we play!
We love having special guests out to CDBC! In the past we have welcomed experts such as Coach Herb Brown; NBA players Brian Grant, Terry Porter, and Jerome Kersey; strength and conditioning coach, Bobby Medina; and the Portland Trail Blazer Youth Exercise Coaches. These special guests join us throughout the week and love working with CDBC campers.
Our kitchen staff and dietitians work hard to make sure campers with food sensitivities and allergies (gluten, dairy, nuts, etc.) or preferences (vegetarian, vegan, etc.) always have enough food options to make a balanced meal. If you are joining us at camp this summer and have any concerns about special diets, feel free to contact Gayle Yost at firstname.lastname@example.org
We continue after lunch with basketball, this time for GAME TIME! Teams come together to compete, ultimately for the championship game on the last day of camp!
While we love basketball at CDBC, we want to make sure that everyone takes a breather! We keep the campers off the courts from 2:30-4:30 everyday (usually the hottest time of the day) and host a number of other activities throughout camp. We start free time off with an afternoon snack to prevent any low blood sugars and campers are welcome to enjoy the swimming pool, infamous giant slip n’ slide, shop in the camp store (CDBC clothing, swag, diet soda, other carb free drinks and snacks), play sand volleyball, ping pong, and can check their cell phones out of the camp store to call home and tell your family how much fun you’re having!
After free time, we hit the courts again, meeting with coaches and teams to work on our skills.
Test and Shots, Dinner
Often times, this post-dinner basketball time is used for fun, skill-building activities such as “Pass-Tag”, or off-court games like our annual all-camp Capture-the-Flag game (watch out – Chris Dudley always goes for the win!)
PM Snack Test and Shots
Our Co-Directors of Fun plan some epic night time activities that will leaving you rolling with laughter, including our annual talent show! This gives us some time at the end of the day to relax with new friends and get to know each other off the basketball court.
Our night counselors tent is stationed just outside the cabin area, easily accessible for any campers who feel low or high during the night.
At 12am and 3am each camper has their blood sugar checked and recorded. Protocol dictates what action counselors take to treat low and high blood sugars. If campers are low they are given glucose tabs or juice, retested in 15 minutes, and given 15grams of carb plus protein when their blood sugar is back up to help stabilize them until breakfast. If campers are high, protocol dictates when to test for ketones, and when a nurse or doctor should be notified.