Camp Colorado empowers youth battling diabetes

Camp Colorado on July 8, 2016.
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WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (KKTV) Local children in Colorado are finding comfort in a camp through the American Diabetes Association.

It's called Camp Colorado and helps empower kids with diabetes. The camp just had its 58th year in Woodland Park. It lasts five days. Some kids who aren't used to being away from home leave loving camp, excited for the next year.

"When I'm at camp, I just feel like I'm normal ... I go here because I just fit in," says camper Tyler Fischer.

The camp teaches children how to manage their diabetes in a safe, fun environment. Kids get all the summer fun, with others just like them. There's also a program for teens.

“To come up here and see these kids that are really nervous and first time they’ve probably been away from home, especially having diabetes, and to come up here and just see them kind of blossom throughout the week,” says Dr. Evan Green, who is one of the more than 100 medical volunteers.

In total, there are nearly 270 campers.

"Working pretty much 24 hours a day, probably get a few hours of sleep a night, we're up first thing in the morning, going around in the middle of the night checking them, giving insulin shots, feeding them if their blood sugar is low," says Green. "It's exhausting, but it's completely worth it."

Camp volunteers say the kids learn diabetes does not define them.

"It's really important to have camp like this, to be around other kids, meet new friends and just have that extra help and extra boost with your diabetes when you need it," says camper Ashley Hayes.

Camp leaders say if you have someone with diabetes in your life, one of the best things you can do to help is listen to them and offer your support.

To find more details about the camp, there is a link to the page in the 11 News Find It section.