For children living with diabetes or epilepsy, we have two Focus Experiences that enable these kids to have a great sleep-away camp experience under the watchful eyes of dedicated medical specialists. Designed to emphasize educating these campers on how to manage their health challenges, these Focus Experiences have a transformative impact on each camper’s journey toward independence.
Operating at Camp Fitch since 1977, Dr. Barclay’s Camp For Children With Diabetes is supported by Medical Director Dr. Luis Aparicio, Board Certified Pediatric Endocrinologist from Erie. Dr. Aparicio is assisted by a staff of nurses and a dietitian/nutritionist who both care for and lead education activities during this Focus Experience. All campers with diabetes check-in with these medical staffers at all meals and several other times throughout the day.
Campers with diabetes live with other Flagship Experience campers and have the opportunity to participate in all of the Flagship activities. Each Skipper who will be supervising a camper with diabetes receives special training to recognize the symptoms that require immediate attention. With this extra attention, kids with diabetes are able to have a complete and fulfilling sleep-away camp experience.
Camp Fitch partners with Camp Frog, a nationally-recognized program, to place extra supportive medical services into existing YMCA summer camp programs, allowing children who have seizures to enjoy summer camp just like their peers.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Western and Central Pennsylvania provides fully trained counselors in each cabin alongside of our Skippers. These specially trained counselors will help to provide seizure recognition and first aid, build confidence, and provide guidance to campers in a fun-filled atmosphere.
In addition, a pediatric neurologist and a nurse will be available on-site during the entire week of camp. This medical staff supervises medication administration and any seizure-related medical care required by campers with seizure disorders.
More detailed information is available from the Epilepsy Foundation of Western and Central PA.