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 Nejeda, located in Newton, NJ, is a specialized residential diabetes camp that provides the necessary medical attention and offers the unique opportunity for children and teens to attend camp with other kids who also have type 1 diabetes. Camp Nejeda provides hands-on learning opportunities for campers to learn how to better manage their diabetes, make healthy food choices, and maintain a good attitude about living with diabetes.
Due to COVID-19, Camp Nejeda plans to operate residential camp sessions at 50% capacity in 2021. Please read the letter from the Executive Director of the Camp Nejeda Foundation that shared more details.
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 1st time parents feel comfortable leaving their child in a place away from home and can 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. TOPP will be awarding a limited number of aid scholarships for Camp Nejeda to T1D youth from Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County, PA. Scholarship amounts will be individual to each child and will be awarded to families who demonstrate a financial need.
The application window for TOPP’s Camp Scholarship Program opens on March 1st and will end on April 30th, 2021.
**All information submitted on the application will be kept confidential**
If you are interested in a FREE VIRTUAL CAMP experience for your child this summer, check out the ADA Imagine Camp Summer 2021!
You can visit www.diabetes.org/imaginecamp for more information.