The TOPP Camp Scholarship Program was established to enhance 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.
Children & teens with T1D are often unable to attend overnight camp because the disease requires 24-hour attention. Camp Freedom, a specialized residential diabetes camp, provides the necessary medical attention and offers the unique opportunity for children and teens to attend summer camp with about 180 kids who also have type 1 diabetes. It is staffed with over 40 medical personal 24/7 and many of the counselors also have type 1 diabetes and attended the camp as children themselves. Not only do kids have fun at summer camp, but they learn how to become more independent in managing T1D while being active and having fun!
Camp Freedom 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 1st time parents feel comfortable leaving their child in a place away from home and are able to have a much-needed respite from diabetes-related worries.
Unfortunately, with the high medical costs of T1D, sending a child to diabetes camp can be an additional financial hardship for families. Type One Parent Project will be awarding a limited number of aid scholarships to local T1D youth to help defray the cost of attending Camp Freedom. Scholarship amounts will be individual to each child and will be awarded to families who demonstrate a financial need.
The application window for the camp scholarship program will end on May 15th.
**All information submitted on the application will be kept confidential**