Camp Setebaid® and The Harrisburg Diabetic Youth Camp Virtually!

During the Spring of 2020, the world has been traumatized by the Coronavirus 2019 Disease (COVID-19).  Schools have been closed, businesses have been shuttered, and stay-at-home orders have been placed on many of us.  Diabetes camps across the United States have been closing and we have heard from many camper families they are devastated, because campers live for diabetes camp.

While Setebaid Services’® diabetes camps remain on schedule at this time, our dedicated staff and volunteers have toiled to develop a Virtual Camp (VC) to help campers now, until they can come together for real at camp this summer.  We ran a session of pilot VCs and received excellent reviews; the VCs are now open to register campers.  Register early because space is limited.  If the VC you select is full, be sure to go onto the waitlist; as more VCs are added, we pull from the waitlist first.

Virtual Camp Schedule

Each VC will meet for approximately one-hour.  It will begin with introductions, have time to share updates with each other, talk about diabetes, play some games, sing some camp songs, see some camp pictures, and then bid farewell until we meet again.

How Do Campers Participate?

In order to participate in the VCs, the camper will need access to computer with a microphone, speakers, and camera which all have the latest updates for the software they are running.  We will be using the Zoom platform.

Do I Need To Register My Camper?

To keep these 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 only register if you will be participating.  Each registrant takes a space and we would like to serve as many as we can.

Once registered, you will need to follow the directions in the email you receive to set up your camper’s Zoom account.  The information sent 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 VC secure for all campers.

Are The VCs Only For Those Living with Diabetes?

The Virtual Camps are for youth 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.

When Are the VCs Scheduled?

Each VC will be approximately one-hour in length.  Please select the camp your camper normally attends; remember, part of the purpose of the VC is to reunite campers.  If your camper’s normal camp will not fit your schedule, you may select another camp.  The dates and times of the VCs are:

  • The Harrisburg Diabetic Youth Camp (HDYC):  Friday, May 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM
  • Camp Setebaid® at Swatara:  Friday, May 22, 2020 at 3:30 PM
  • Camp Setebaid® at Mount Luther:  Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Additional camps may be scheduled following these VCs depending on the need.  Please check back for additional dates and times.

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 are responsible for all 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.