TOPP Foundation provides scholarships for children and teens to attend diabetes camps because of the positive impact, both physically and emotionally, and beneficial experiences that these camps offer children living with type one diabetes.
The TOPP Foundation Camp Scholarship Program enhances the quality of life for youth living with the daily challenges of type 1 diabetes (T1D) by providing financial assistance to parents who would like their children to experience the joy of overnight summer camp. In 2023 TOPP will be providing camp scholarships to children and teens who would like to attend Camp Freedom, located at Camp Kweebec in Schwenksville, PA or Camp Nejeda, located in Newton, NJ.
Children & teens with T1D are often unable to attend overnight camp because the disease requires 24-hour attention. Camp Freedom and Camp Nejeda are specialized residential diabetes camps that provide the necessary medical attention and offer a unique opportunity for children and teens to attend camp with other kids who also have T1D. For some children it may be the first time they meet another child living with the same condition. This may seem minor, but to someone with T1D and their families, this can be life changing and helps them realize they are not alone with the disease.
For many children with diabetes, going to a diabetes camp builds self-esteem and confidence. Campers have hands-on learning opportunities on how to better manage their diabetes, make healthy food choices, and maintain a good attitude about living with diabetes. Guidance in blood glucose monitoring and physical activity is provided in a supervised, fun, relaxed setting and teaches children the self-management skills they'll use for a lifetime.
Overnight diabetes camp can be the best medicine for kids with T1D. Kids experience a traditional summer camp experience in a medically safe environment while developing social skills, self-respect, and lifelong friendships. Many campers return every summer and eventually become counselors, helping others in their journey with this disease.
Also, because experts are onsite 24 hours a day to provide medical care, diabetes camp is often the first-time parents feel comfortable leaving their child in a place away from home. Knowing their child will be in a safe environment allows parents and/or caregivers a much-needed respite from diabetes-related worries.
Unfortunately, sending a child to diabetes camp can be an additional financial hardship for families. TOPP will be awarding a limited number of aid scholarships for Camp Freedom and Camp Nejeda to T1D youth from Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County, PA. Scholarship amounts will be individual to each child and given to families who demonstrate a financial need.
The application window for TOPP’s Camp Scholarship Program is February 15th to April 30th, 2023.
Application forms will be available here on February 1st, 2023.
**All information submitted on the application will remain confidential**