Some East Texas kids are escaping summer boredom and enjoying a few days at camp, all while learning more about a serious disease they share.
ETMC's 16th Annual "Growing Together Day Camp" is for kids with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The campers enjoy a number of physical activities while also learning how to control their diabetes. Today a few of the kids tried their skill at making arts and crafts.
Many of the kids said that a big part of what makes the camp special, is being with others who understand their condition.
"It makes me feel comfortable because lots of kids are asking me all the questions and I really don't want to answer them," said 9-year-old Tyler Ross. "Since (campers) know what it's like, then they don't really have to ask questions. So it just makes me feel comfortable."
"I've got to do horse back riding and we've got to do a lot of fun stuff," said 9-year-old Danielle Pittman. "Some of the kids got to rescue a goat because it got out of the pin. We've got to do a bunch of fun stuff here."
Other outdoor activities include hiking, fishing and archery.
The campers check their blood sugar levels at a certain time every day.
Counselors also provide them with nutritional snacks according to their type of diabetes.
Story by Maya Golden, firstname.lastname@example.org