Nejeda Day Camp
In 2012, the Camp Nejeda Foundation, thanks to a grant from the LEGO Children's Fund, has launched its FIRST ever day camp program! The first day camp was run at the RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford, NJ and was designed to primarily serve children from the Camden, NJ area. The program was expanded to serve children from the Camden and Gloucester County areas, as well.
We know that there are many children with diabetes who do not get the experience of a diabetes camping program because they and/or their parents are nervous about going to traditional sleep-away program. The Nejeda Day Camp program was created to encourage participants to have a sibling/family member (or friend) to attend the camp with them in a day-only environment to make the camper and their parents/guardians more comfortable with a possible transition into sleepaway camping.
The grant that was received from the LEGO Children's Fund funded two pilot day camp programs. In 2012 a pilot Nejeda Day Camp program was held in Camden at no cost to participants. In 2013 the Newark/Orange program began at no cost, as well. Both programs will continue in 2014 for a fee AND with financial aid available.
Nejeda Day Camp offers all the activities, education and fun that one would find at the Camp Nejeda summer program - and most importantly, the bonding and support that children with diabetes can get from each other only at a diabetes camp. For activities, the program provides swimming, arts & crafts, archery, basketball, soccer, games and more.
Camp Nejeda Foundation runs programs throughout the year for kids with diabetes. Rather than "diabetes boot camps," our programs offer valuable educational opportunities in the form of teachable moments that occur during interactions between campers and our staff throughout the day.