About Camps

What is Diabetes Camps Victoria?

Diabetes Camps Victoria (DCV) is a consortium of Diabetes Australia – Vic (DA–Vic), Monash Health and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Each year, DCV facilitates seven camps for over 250 children aged four to 17 years with type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes Camps Victoria is funded by DA–Vic, the peak consumer body and leading charity representing all people affected by diabetes and those at risk. DA–Vic relies heavily on the generosity of caring community members and supporters to help fund diabetes education, awareness activities and research.

Philosophy of diabetes camps

At DCV, our goal is to teach young people to manage their diabetes in a fun, safe and supportive environment, and to promote a culture of independence through adventure.

Developing and building self-management skills that can help children live well with diabetes, centreing on the importance of self-reliance, whilst also providing an opportunity to meet others with type 1 diabetes. This is achieved through, not only the education and supervision from health professionals, but with the presence and positive role modelling of peer support from other children and volunteers with diabetes. Essentially, improving quality of life for children with type 1 diabetes and their families is our mission.

We believe:

  •  in the power of peer support
  •  in positive thinking
  •  that emotional support is just as important as developing self-management skills
  •  that diabetes is not the primary focus when having fun

 

Camps, dates and venues for 2014 for campers

Camp

Age group

Dates

Location

Status

Junior Camp

Ages 10 - 11 years

Sunday 5 -   Thursday 9 January 2014

YMCA Anglesea

Applications close 13 September 2013

Teenage Camp

Ages 15 - 17 years

Sunday 12 -        Friday 17 January 2014

Somers Holiday Village, Mornington Peninsula

Applications close 13 September 2013

Autumn Camp

Ages 8 - 9 years

Sunday 13 - Wednesday 16 April 2014

Arrabri Lodge, Warburton East

Applications close 13 September 2013

Family Camp (i)

Ages 4 - 7 years (one parent and one child)

Saturday 28 June -  Monday 30 June 2014

YMCA Anglesea

Applications close 13 September 2013

Family Camp (ii)
Ages 4 - 7 years (one parent and one child) Saturday 5 -    Monday 7 July 2014 YMCA Anglesea

Applications close 13 September 2013

Day Activity

Ages 8 - 17 years

Thursday 10 July 2014

Activity and venue to be advised

Please email us if interested

Senior Camp

Ages 12 - 14 years

Monday 22 - Friday  26 September 2014

YMCA Camp Manyung, Mount Eliza

Applications close 13 September 2013