We are dedicated to providing reliable, safe medical care for every camper. We view each child's needs through the lens of quality diabetes management as we provide tools to handle self-care back home.
There is nothing quite as life-giving as meeting someone who truly understands the everyday challenges of diabetes. This common ground facilitates new friendships and a sense of belonging.
From theme days to group competitions, we have the fun covered for the week! Our days are filled with activities that campers can choose from and pockets of free time to relax and take it all in. True to summer camp tradition, we will wrap up the evenings gathered around the campfire under the stars.
Camp Kinneloa is a residential summer camp in San Diego for kids with type 1 diabetes. Campers who attend our camp will build relationships, experience independence, and gain freedom to take risks while managing diabetes in a safe environment. We have carefully selected quality staff members, including those with camp leadership experience, personal connections to type 1 diabetes, professional expertise in the medical field, and the motivation to create a week full of adventures for your child. Our hope is that your child will leave Camp Kinneloa connected to a unique community of peers and adults. We want campers to feel empowered to manage diabetes in a healthy way back at home.
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Katie Kelly has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 20 years. She attended diabetes camp after being diagnosed at 8 years old, and it was a life-changing experience. She is a first grade teacher in the Poway Unified School District, and she spent nine summers as a counselor and a director at Outpost Summer Camps in San Diego.
She started this nonprofit organization with the hope of creating an environment where kids with T1D can embrace the challenges of diabetes together and share lifelong camp memories.
Medical staff is onsite during the entire week of diabetes camp. Volunteer physicians and nurses from local clinics and hospitals will be available each day and have a strong knowledge of type 1 diabetes and other medical conditions. Medical orders for each child are reviewed and adhered to by our medical volunteers and accommodations are made for allergies, dietary restrictions and medical devices such as insulin pumps and glucose monitors.
If you are a medical professional and would like to volunteer at our camp please send us an email.
Volunteers at Camp Kinneloa are passionate about providing this opportunity for kids with type 1 diabetes because they have a personal connection to the disease. Our volunteers include people living with T1D as well as people who have loved ones and friends living with diabetes. Each of our volunteers has first hand knowledge of the struggles associated with type 1 diabetes, accommodations that need to be made, and the desire to participate fully in daily activities despite T1D.
If you are interested in volunteering at our camp please send us an email.