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CWD Adventures
Children with Diabetes is pleased to introduce expansion into a new area of events called CWD Adventures. CWD Adventures will be designed with teens and young adults (college age) in mind. The Adventures will teach life skills and diabetes management skills in a context of travel, outdoor adventure, and cultural activities. Most of all, CWD Adventures will be fun and exciting, and will continue to offer opportunities for teens and adults to make – and nurture - friends for life!

Overview
The first CWD Adventures will be offered in 2006. They will include:

  • Colorado Adventure for Teens in Boulder, Colorado, May 19-21, 2006
    This is a sports- and fun-filled weekend for teens at the Renaissance Boulder Suites Hotel at FlatIron. Depending on the weather, teens may hike, bike, swim, skate, bowl, go rafting, or even snow tubing if the weather turns unseasonably white! CWD Teen Coordinator Natalie Bellini will lead this program. The group will be limited to 30 teen participants.
    -- Event Details & Registration

  • Bay Area Adventure Weekend in San Francisco, November 3-5, 2006
    This weekend event is for college-age and young adult CWD participants (18 and older), who will stay at the Marriott Fisherman's Wharf and share a weekend of sight-seeing and outdoor activities which might include biking across the Golden Gate Bridge, hiking through Muir Woods, or visiting Alcatraz. Activities will be weather dependent. There is much to see and do indoors as well! The food? Well, it's San Francisco! More details to come!

Who May Participate?
Each Adventure will be designed for a specific age group, and we ask families to honor those guidelines (i.e., a teen is a minimum age of 13 and a young adult is a minimum age of 18). For the Teen Adventures, participants will be required to have a parent stay overnight with them in the hotel room. CWD Adventure activities and meals will only be staffed for the teens; parents and siblings are free to explore and have fun on their own during the day if the entire family chooses to come and stay at the hotel! For the Young Adult Adventures, this is truly an 'adults only' weekend. Day and evening activities will only be for those who are 18 years of age or older.

Why 'Adventure?'
Since the year 2000, Children with Diabetes has offered summer and regional conferences for families, to help parents and kids connect, learn, support each other, and make friends. This has worked well for both the kids and parents. However, as the teens have grown up, left home, and become young adults, we have realized that CWD has not had much to offer this college age group in terms of ways to get together, learn, socialize, be active, and perhaps travel. Young adults have very different challenges – leaving home, going to school or starting a job, sharing an apartment, managing healthcare and finances on their own – it's a lot. CWD wants to offer these young people an opportunity to support each other and learn from each other, to get together and share a few days of fun activities, with the safety net of the CWD structure and staff in place. With our teens, we feel that it is important to establish a 'flow' of activities, so that the teens may participate in Adventures with the support of their parents nearby, and then move seamlessly to the Young Adult Adventures when they leave high school.

Have Ideas?
Our initial Adventures are based upon feedback CWD readers provided in a 2005 survey. We are always open to new ideas. Please send your comments to CWD Events Coordinator Laura Billetdeaux at laura.billetdeaux@childrenwithdiabetes.com.

Thanks for the Support!
Many thanks to LifeScan for sponsoring the 2006 CWD Adventures and enabling this program to get off the ground!

 
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In 2004, CWD teens visited Italy for a soccer game with Italian teens. Here, the teens take a break at the Coliseum in Rome.

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In 2002, CWD teens visited Denmark to learn how insulin pump infusion sets are made and share their experiences with staff from Unomedical. Here, some of the teens pose outside in the cold.

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During CWD's Focus on the Future conference, teens headed out for hiking in the nearby mountains of Colorado Springs.





                 
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Last Updated: Thursday August 31, 2006 17:47:28
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