Title

Family Diabetes Camp During COVID: Impact and Outcomes

Description/Abstract/Artist Statement

Family diabetes camp provides immune-compromised children the ability to take part in a unique recreational experience. While attending the camp, both children with type 1 diabetes and their families have the opportunity to participate in educational programs. The camp is also unique because it allows campers and their families to come together and share experiences with their diagnoses. The pandemic has drastically halted the opportunity for children to participate in social activities, so it was essential to provide campers who may already feel isolated due to their illness with a chance to socialize with other families with diabetes. Analyzing the impact of camp is crucial in developing unique ways to program and evaluate recreational experiences. Guided by the self-determination theory, the purpose of this study was to assess the impact of medical specialty camps on camper outcomes of independence and perceived competence and examine family feedback on evolving program changes during COVID-19.

Data were collected at a Mid-Atlantic medical specialty camp for youth with type-one diabetes during May 2021. Forty-five campers and parents participated. Independence and perceived competence were measured using the ACA-Youth Outcomes Battery Basic Version. Results included 37 youth and 22 parents who provided insight. Parent data showed that 81% of families were satisfied with the programming, and over 95% of respondents felt that the camp helped increase their knowledge on diabetes. Lastly, 95% of parents believed the camp was operated successfully.

Presenting Author Name/s

Kalleigh West

Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Eddie Hill

College Affiliation

College of Education & Professional Studies (Darden)

Presentation Type

Poster

Disciplines

Medical Specialties

Session Title

Poster Session

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library

Start Date

3-19-2022 9:00 AM

End Date

3-19-2022 11:00 AM

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Family Diabetes Camp During COVID: Impact and Outcomes

Learning Commons @ Perry Library

Family diabetes camp provides immune-compromised children the ability to take part in a unique recreational experience. While attending the camp, both children with type 1 diabetes and their families have the opportunity to participate in educational programs. The camp is also unique because it allows campers and their families to come together and share experiences with their diagnoses. The pandemic has drastically halted the opportunity for children to participate in social activities, so it was essential to provide campers who may already feel isolated due to their illness with a chance to socialize with other families with diabetes. Analyzing the impact of camp is crucial in developing unique ways to program and evaluate recreational experiences. Guided by the self-determination theory, the purpose of this study was to assess the impact of medical specialty camps on camper outcomes of independence and perceived competence and examine family feedback on evolving program changes during COVID-19.

Data were collected at a Mid-Atlantic medical specialty camp for youth with type-one diabetes during May 2021. Forty-five campers and parents participated. Independence and perceived competence were measured using the ACA-Youth Outcomes Battery Basic Version. Results included 37 youth and 22 parents who provided insight. Parent data showed that 81% of families were satisfied with the programming, and over 95% of respondents felt that the camp helped increase their knowledge on diabetes. Lastly, 95% of parents believed the camp was operated successfully.