Join T1Ds this Spring for Camp Fun Virtually!

The COVID-19 Pandemic continues and we are all tired of staying home and not interacting with our friends.  Setebaid Services’® volunteers feel your pain and have planned another season of Spring Virtual Camps (VCs) to help campers with T1D now, until they can come together again at camp.

Virtual Camp Weekly Time Commitment

Each VC session will meet for approximately one-hour each week from March 25th through May 21, 2021.  You may sign up for the weeks the program fits your schedule.  It will begin with introductions, have time to share updates with each other, talk about diabetes, play games, sing camp songs, and see camp pictures.

What are the Age Ranges of Campers?

Each VC will host campers of similar ages.  There will be three age groups:

  • Ages 7-10:  Explorers
  • Ages 11-14:  Trail Blazers
  • Ages 15-18:  Teens

How Do Campers Participate?

In order to participate in the VCs, the camper will need access to computer, tablet, or smart phone with a microphone, speakers, and camera.  The VCs will be using the Zoom platform.

Do I Need To Register My Camper?

To keep these online events as safe as possible, you will need to register for the VC you would like your camper to participate in.  Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.  While we are not charging for the VCs, we ask you to register only if you will be participating.  Each registrant takes a space and we would like to serve as many as we can.  Click here to register.

Once registered, you will need to follow the directions in the email you receive to set up your camper’s Zoom account.  If you participated in our previous virtual camps or use Zoom for school, you will be familiar with Zoom and should be able to use your active Zoom account.

The information for VC we send to you will only be for your camper, so please do not share it with anyone else.  Thank you for helping us to keep the VCs secure for all campers.

Are The VCs Only For Those Living with Diabetes?

Parents and siblings are welcome to view what is happening and be present in the room, however we ask the camper with diabetes be given privacy if they request it to share personal feelings during our discussions.

Schedule: Ages 7-10*, Explorers: Fridays from 4-5 PM:

  • March 26, 2021
  • April 9, 2021
  • April 16, 2021
  • April 23, 2021
  • April 30, 2021
  • May 7, 2021
  • May 14, 2021
  • May 21, 2021

*Ages are as of June 1st.

Schedule: Ages 11-14*, Trail Blazers: Thursdays from 6-7 PM:

  • March 25, 2021
  • April 8, 2021
  • April 15, 2021
  • April 22, 2021
  • April 29, 2021
  • May 6, 2021
  • May 13, 2021
  • May 20, 2021

*Ages are as of June 1st.

Schedule: Ages 15-18*, Teens: Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 PM:

  • March 25, 2021
  • April 8, 2021
  • April 15, 2021
  • April 22, 2021
  • April 29, 2021
  • May 6, 2021
  • May 13, 2021
  • May 20, 2021

*Ages are as of June 1st.

What Do I Need to Set Up for My Camper?

Parents, we ask for your assistance to prepare your camper for the Virtual Camp.  Here are some tips to prepare for this Zoom platform Virtual Camp.

  • Lighting:  Have the light facing the camper’s face.  Avoid having a window behind the camper, as it will prevent everyone from seeing the camper’s face.
  • Camera:  the camera is not selective, it will see everything behind the camper.  Please be sure everything in the camera’s view is appropriate for everyone on the VC to see.
  • Place to Participate:  Please participate from your home and provide a room with minimal distractions.  Remember, the microphone is not selective, so any background noise like music, siblings discussions, television shows, or other noises will come through during the VC.
  • Please practice speaking with your camper prior to the start of the VC.  Have the camper speak clearly and deliberately toward the microphone (usually located near the screen of a laptop).  If the camper turns away from the microphone, others will likely not be able to hear what is being said.

Some other notes and reminders to help you and your camper with the VC:

  • Campers may be active and will need space around them.  For example, some games may require them to run around your house, some camp songs have motions and they will need space to dance and do song movements, etc.
  • Parents must be home or have another adult present to be responsible for all camper behavior; there is no possible way the VC staff can monitor behavior virtually.  The VC staff may mute, disconnect the video feed, or remove the camper from the VC, but we will not be physically present with your camper.
  • Parents may be present in the room in the background, but please give your camper the space and privacy he or she may desire to completely participate in the virtual diabetes camp.  Campers may want to share personal feelings about living with diabetes during the VC discussions.
  • Please do not interrupt your camper while they are participating in camp.  This will be live, not a recorded program, and others will be able to see and hear what your camper is doing.

We look forward to seeing you at the Virtual Camps!