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About Camp Kudzu
Camp Kudzu is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization providing education, recreation and peer-networking programs for Georgia's children and youth living with diabetes and their families. Led by dedicated volunteers, medical professionals and a small professional staff, in 2006 Camp Kudzu will offer two weeklong overnight summer camps (growing from one week to two weeks of summer camp to serve 400 children), family camps and other diabetes education and management programs throughout the year.

Camp Kudzu was founded in 1999 by parents, physicians, healthcare professionals and community leaders who joined forces to establish a program in Georgia that would support the special medical and emotional needs of children living with type-1 (insulin-dependent, juvenile) diabetes in a fun, safe environment. The first summer camp was hosted in June 2000 with 90 children in attendance. This summer, more than 400 children will attend camp – 100 more than last year. Camp Kudzu's programs, number of children and families served and volunteer corps continues to grow . . . like kudzu. For additional information about Camp Kudzu, please visit www.campkudzu.org.

2006 Summer Camp

"Camp was the best week of my life!"
--12 year-old Camp Kudzu camper

Camp Kudzu offers two weeklong overnight camps for children living with type 1 diabetes ages 8-16, and a Counselor In Training (CIT) program for youth ages 17-18. Children from all over Georgia come to camp to have fun, learn more about managing their diabetes and make friends who are also experiencing life's challenges of living with diabetes.

"I wish I could be at camp forever! You don't have to worry about somebody not understanding about lows."
-- 10-year-old Camp Kudzu camper

Two Weeks of Summer Camp in 2006. . .Two Great Locations!
The first week of Camp Kudzu's Summer Camp will be held June 11-16, 2006, at Camp Twin Lakes in lovely Rutledge, Ga., located about 45 minutes east of Atlanta. Situated amid 300 wooded acres, Camp Twin Lakes is complete with 30 camper cabins, two lakes, numerous recreational facilities, an amphitheatre and a state-of-the-art medical lodge

Camp Kudzu's second week of summer camp will be held July 30-August 5, 2006, in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains at Camp Barney Medintz in Cleveland, Georgia (75 miles N.E. of Atlanta). Covering more than 500 acres, the camp facility is an authentic rustic summer camp complete with two mountain lakes and streams. It showcases the natural environment -- with "open-air" styled buildings -- and provides the most incredible activities and outdoor adventures.

Activities For All . . .
The activities at Camp Kudzu are amazing. There is truly something for everyone.
(Activities may vary by camp location.)

Horseback riding
Water skiing
Mountain biking
Arts and crafts
Canoeing
Sailing
Kayaking
High Ropes Course
Zip line
Climbing wall
Tennis
Swimming
Archery
Nature crafts
  Basketball
Soccer
Softball
"Iceberg"
The "Blob"
Water Luge
Log Roll
Cooking
Newspaper
Videography
Fishing
Hiking
Woodworking
Miniature Golf

Cabins, Counselors and Kids . . .
Campers are assigned to cabin groups based on age and gender. A typical cabin has eight campers, two counselors and a cabin medic. Counselors and medics lead their cabin groups through a fun-filled week of activities, while helping the children to safely manage their diabetes.

The Doctor Is In.
Each cabin group is assigned a clinician and an endocrinologist. Dieticians supervise meals, teach carbohydrate counting and ensure proper nutrition. These diabetes professionals work as a team to monitor blood sugars, deliver and adjust insulin levels, help campers manage their diabetes throughout the week, and teach the children how to live longer, healthier lives.

Relax . . . Be Yourself.
Many of our campers say that Camp Kudzu is the one place where they feel "normal". At camp, the children feel like they don't have to explain themselves or live differently from their peers. Everyone checks blood sugars, takes insulin by injection or pump and counts carbohydrates. At Camp Kudzu, you can just be yourself and know that all of your friends understand what you're going through.

Camper Fees and Scholarships
The camper fee for summer camp is $300. Scholarships are available to ensure that every child with juvenile diabetes can benefit from all that Camp Kudzu has to offer.

Apply for Summer Camp 2006
Applications are now available for Camp Kudzu Summer Camp 2006! To apply, please print and complete the application at the link below and return to Camp Kudzu, postmarked no later than February 20, 2006. The Camp Application describes the new application and registration policies and procedures for 2006. Should you have questions, require additional information, or if you would like to request a copy of the camper application to be mailed to your preferred address, please call 770.374.4887 or e-mail camp@campkudzu.org.

> 2006 Summer Camp Application (ages 8-16)
> 2006 Counselor in Training (CIT) Program Application (ages 17-18)

Other 2006 Programs

What:   Spring Family Camp

When:   May 12-14, 2006

Where:   Camp Barney Medintz in Cleveland, Georgia

Because diabetes impacts the entire family, Camp Kudzu offers our Family Camp programs. The programs are offered in the Spring and in the Fall and allow families to come together to learn about diabetes and share common experiences with other families in a relaxed and supportive environment. Our programs include workshops on diabetes, parent education on the latest diabetes technology and other hot topics, and activities for the whole family.

Who:   Because diabetes impacts the entire family, Camp Kudzu offers our Family Camp programs. The programs are offered in the Spring and in the Fall and allow families to come together to learn about diabetes and share common experiences with other families in a relaxed and supportive environment. Our programs include workshops on diabetes, parent education on the latest diabetes technology and other hot topics, and activities for the whole family.

At Family Camp, children with diabetes see that they are not alone. Siblings feel included and parents have an opportunity to learn more about the disease that affects their child - and most important, everyone has a good time! This is a wonderful program for families with children too young to attend our summer camp and for those who are recently diagnosed. Family Camp is a time to learn more about diabetes, have fun and make friends with families who are experiencing the same challenges of living with diabetes.

What do families say about Family Camp?
Below are comments from previous Family Camp participants:

  • My 8 year old was too nervous to attend summer camp and this opportunity to attend "camp" with him has really boosted his confidence.
  • It was nice being around other families dealing with the same issues.
  • Eric is still on shots and after being around all the kids with a pump, he decided that he wanted to go that route. We had tried to go on the pump before, but he backed out of it. We are now in the process of going forward again...
  • I wanted my son to have the opportunity to see what it would be like at camp this year since has never been away from home. It also gave us all the opportunity to be around other people dealing with the same things we do from day to day.
  • This place is unique and beautiful. It was rugged which was a nice change. It was almost like sleeping outside, which my children have never done.
  • We have only had the pump for a month when we went to camp. It was nice to see her siblings care that she got to swim and make sure she counted her carbs. I think they all understand better and are more compassionate since camp.
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our time at camp! It was great!
  • It always makes my daughter feel more secure to know there are other children that share diabetes. She began wearing her pump pouch to school right after camp because she saw a lot of other kids wearing one. She didn’t wear it before because she thought it brought too much attention to her pump. She also began using new sites for her pump; she was very reluctant to do this before camp, which was causing some problems with insulin delivery.
What:   Summer Camp, Week I
When:   June 11-16, 2006
Where:   Camp Twin Lakes in Cleveland, Georgia
Who:   Children age 8 – 16; Counselor in Training (CIT program for ages 17-18; Volunteer Staff positions for ages 19+

What:   Summer Camp, Week II
When:   July 31-August 5, 2006
Where:   Camp Barney Medintz in Cleveland, Georgia
Who:   Children age 8 – 16; Counselor in Training (CIT program for ages 17-18; Volunteer Staff positions for ages 19+

About Camp Kudzu
Camp Kudzu is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization providing education, recreation and peer-networking programs for Georgia's children and youth living with diabetes and their families. Led by dedicated volunteers, medical professionals and a small professional staff, in 2006 Camp Kudzu will offer two weeklong overnight summer camps (growing from one week to two weeks of summer camp to serve 400 children), family camps and other diabetes education and management programs throughout the year.

Camp Kudzu was founded in 1999 by parents, physicians, healthcare professionals and community leaders who joined forces to establish a program in Georgia that would support the special medical and emotional needs of children living with type-1 (insulin-dependent, juvenile) diabetes in a fun, safe environment. The first summer camp was hosted in June 2000 with 90 children in attendance. This summer, more than 400 children will attend camp – 100 more than last year. Camp Kudzu's programs, number of children and families served and volunteer corps continues to grow . . . like kudzu. For additional information about Camp Kudzu, please visit www.campkudzu.org.

Support Us!
Camp Kudzu is an independent not-for-profit organization and is not affiliated with any other diabetes organization (i.e. JDRF or ADA). All programs and services are funded through charitable contributions given through the generosity of corporations, foundations, friends and family. Donate today and help us serve more children with diabetes and their families live fuller, healthier lives.

Take a volunteer vacation at Camp Kudzu Summer Camp, or share your time and talents in one of the many exciting Camp Kudzu volunteer opportunities.

Summer Camp 2006: more than 300 volunteers needed!
Thank you for your interest in Camp Kudzu's amazing volunteer opportunities – working with children with diabetes while enjoying the outdoors in Georgia! We are looking forward to another incredible summer at Camp Kudzu. Your volunteer service is invaluable to us as we welcome 400 children to experience the magic of Camp Kudzu, which is often a life changing experience.

Camp Kudzu Summer Camp 2006 will be bigger and better. Two weeks of summer camp programming will be offered to serve a combined total of 400 children. The first week will be Saturday, June 10 through Friday, June 16 at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia (one hour east of Atlanta, near Madison). The second week of camp will take place at Camp Barney Medintz in Cleveland, Georgia (North Georgia Mountains), beginning Saturday, July 29 and ending Saturday, August 5, 2006.

You don't have to know anything about diabetes...just be willing to make a difference in the lives of very special children.

Our volunteers come from all over the United States and from all backgrounds and professions. From college students to business executives, doctors, teachers, firemen, healthcare professionals, each one gives a week of his or her time, talent and energy, knowing they make a difference in the lives of very special children.

Staff is asked to remain at camp for the entire week of their choice. Knowledge of diabetes is not a prerequisite for volunteering at Camp Kudzu; we will teach what you need to know. Staff training is a very important part of our volunteer program, therefore, training and orientation will be held preceding camp. We will notify you about training dates as soon as possible.

The camp offers a wide array of activities including mountain biking, water skiing, horseback riding, canoeing, ropes course, arts and crafts, sailing, kayaking, campfires, singing, hiking, swimming, sports, vertical challenge course, zip line, soccer, tennis and much, much more! If you are ready to have an amazing week this summer, while making a difference in the lives of very special children, complete and return the new volunteer staff application, or the returning volunteer staff application, and criminal history authorization form, as soon as possible. On the form provided, please also obtain three written recommendations from those who know you well (other than relatives). Your references should mail completed forms directly to the camp address on the form.

After we receive your completed application (including three references for new volunteer staff members), we will contact you, and possibly arrange an interview. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call 770-374-4887 or e-mail volunteer@campkudzu.org.

Since we are increasing our summer camp to two weeks and planning to serve 100 additional children, our volunteer needs are greater, please feel free to share the Camp Kudzu staff application with others whom you think would enjoy a volunteer role at summer camp.

Camp Kudzu is proud to an affiliated agency of the United Way of Atlanta Volunteer Solutions and Hands on Georgia Network, and is a member in good standing of the International Association of Volunteer Administration (AVA), Metro Atlanta Council of Volunteer Administrators (COVA) and the American Camp Association (ACA).



                 
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