survive and thrive bootcamp
(for adults with type 1 diabetes)
Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2, 2019


Survive and Thrive Bootcamp weekend for adults (ages 21 and older) with type 1 diabetes is a premier weekend offering a balance of relaxation and fun with intense interactive education designed to empower adults with type 1 diabetes. The weekend includes a line-up of speakers who are knowledgeable about living with diabetes as an adult.


  • EDUCATION - Interactive Educational Sessions facilitated by professionals in their individual fields.
  • INFORMATION - Vendor Fair with a variety of diabetes-related products and organizations.
  • CONNECTION - Meet and connect with other adults with type 1 diabetes; share and learn from others with type 1.
  • FUN! Activities including zipline, boating, archery, bonfire and more will be offered.
  • RELAXATION - Relax and unwind with a private or chair massage offered by licensed Massage Therapists throughout the weekend (additional fee required).

Meals and snacks are included. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring and store their own snacks as well, but please note that we are a nut-free campground.


Participants may select from Full Weekend or Saturday-Only passes. 
Discounts are provided for Camp Nejeda Alumni participants, including those who have previously participated in Bootcamp. Options include:

  • Full Weekend, Health Center Accommodations: $245
  • Alumni- Full Weekend, Health Center Accommodations: $215
  • Full Weekend, Cabin Accommodations: $220
  • Alumni- Full Weekend, Cabin Accommodations: $190
  • Full Weekend, No Accommodations: $185
  • Alumni- Full Weekend, No Accommodations: $155
  • Saturday Only: $150
  • Alumni- Saturday Only: $139

Program costs will be fully refundable up until 1 month before the start of the program. After that time, refunds will be made only at the discretion of the Camp Nejeda Foundation.

Please also note that we use Eventbrite to register attendees, and Eventbrite does charge additional fees if you pay online during registration. If you do not wish to pay their additional fees, you may select the Pay By Check option when registering and then mail a check made payable to Camp Nejeda Foundation sent to the attention of Victoria Benyo at PO Box 156 Stillwater NJ 07875.

Our 2018 speaker lineup:


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  • Daniele Hargenrader, BSNS, CPT, CHT, PWD - The Diabetes Dominator: Personal Diabetes Trainer - Daniele Hargenrader, founder of Diabetes Dominator Coaching, is a Bestselling Author, Nutritionist, Certified Health Coach & Personal Trainer, Life Coach, and International Keynote Speaker. After overcoming her own challenges while living with with tpye 1 diabetes since 1991 that included years of depression, obesity, and an eating disorder, she now guides people to think, eat, and move intuitively in order to achieve a quality of health and life they previously thought unattainable through her repeatedly proven Six Pillars of Total Health system of cultivating the practices and powers of self-love, choice, and community. 

  • Dr. D'Arcy King, PhD. - Dr. D'Arcy King is a health psychologist who has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 40 years. She works with others living with diabetes to help overcome the daily emotional and psychological challenges of living with diabetes. As a behavioral consultant she develops programs to educate and provide psychosocial coaching for people living with diabetes and other chronic conditions. She currently serves as a faculty member at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health.

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  • Julie Harrington RDN, CPC- Julie is a Registered Dietitian and Culinary Nutrition Chef who currently works at Living Plate. With “food first” being the philosophy of the Living Plate team, her strong culinary background helps her to bring nutrition education to life through food. As nutrition experts, dietitians have the evidence-based knowledge – translating this knowledge into delicious recipes is her greatest joy! When eating can be healthy, simple, and tasty, meeting your health goals is a cinch and life-long behavioral changes stick. Along with being a cookbook author, most recently, her recipes have been featured in SHAPE, Huffington Post, US News & World Report and Healthy Aperture. You can also check out her blog here.

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  • Molly McElwee Malloy RN, CDE-

    Molly McElwee Malloy is a Clinical Services Manager at Tandem Diabetes Care. Previously, Molly served as the Head of Patient Engagement and Director of Marketing for TypeZero Technologies, LLC. In this role, she provided clinical expertise, user experience and patient prospective to product development and evaluation. She conducted market research and evaluates new technologies for possible integration. Molly is also responsible for Quality Management System organization, training and implementation. She also provides ISO 13485:2016 internal auditor services to ensure compliance with standards. 

Molly's previous experiences serving as a Diabetes Educator at the University of Virginia’s Diabetes Education Management Program (DEMP), a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Center for Diabetes Technology (CDT), and diabetes educator at the University of Virginia School Of Medicine. At CDT she was also a member of the International Artificial Pancreas Group that collaborates on studies to further the development of artificial pancreas technology in the US, UK, Italy, France and Israel. In addition to recruiting subjects and coordinating studies, Ms. McElwee Malloy brought over 17 years of experience with type 1 diabetes as a former participant in artificial pancreas trials, prior to beginning her research career. She brings the unique perspective of a patient as well as a clinician to the table.

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  • Jaki Johnson RN, BSN, CDE

Jaki has been involved in diabetes education since nursing school when she volunteered at Camp Conrad Chinnock, a diabetes camp in Southern California. After making hundreds of friends with type 1 diabetes, Jaki developed a passion for working with this population.  A graduate from the University of Southern California and New Mexico State University, Jaki completed her nurse residency in Pediatric Intensive Carein El Paso, TX and then transitioned into diabetes education. She has worked at three different diabetes camps also including Camp Aspire in Rochester, NY and Camp Nejeda every summer (and a few winters) over the past 6 years. She became a Certified Diabetes Educator and currently works at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, NY educating pediatric patients in all aspects of diabetes from new onset education in the hospital to outpatient education in the CDE clinic at CHAM.

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  • Dr. Robin S. Goland serves as the Co-Director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center combines premier, family-centered patient care and education with world-class diabetes research programs and they serve more than 1,200 patients with diabetes monthly.

The clinical space is directly adjacent to research laboratories working on prevention, treatment and ultimately cure of diabetes, allowing advances to be available for patients as rapidly as possible.

Dr. Goland received her BA from Harvard University and her MD from Columbia University.  She was a medical resident and Chief Resident at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and did her Endocrinology Postdoctoral training at Columbia University.  She has been on the medical school faculty at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons since 1987.  Dr. Goland is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Riverview School, East Sandwich, MA and is a past medical advisory board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

2018's weekend Outline

Friday June 1

  • 1:00 pm-Early Check In begins. For anyone who would like to stretch their legs after the drive, you are welcome to take a walk along Todd's Trail, or venture a little farther off-site for a longer hiking trail.
  • 4:00 pm-6:00 pm-Regular Check In
  • 6:00 pm-tour of Camp Nejeda
  • 6:30 pm Dinner
  • 7:30-10:00 pm-Interactive Social activity to kick off the weekend, followed by some free time to relax

Saturday June 2

  • 8:00 - 8:45 am-Registration for Saturday Only Participants
  • 3 Whole Group Sessions
  • 2 Breakout Sessions with several topics to choose from
  • Vendor Fair
  • Enjoy some camp activities such as zip lining and boating!
  • Relax with a Professional Massage! (Additional Fee applies)
  • Time in the evening to socialize or relax around a bonfire, weather permitting

Sunday June 3

  • Start your morning off with some Yoga
  • 2 Breakout Sessions with several topics to choose from
  • Enjoy some camp activities such as zip lining and archery!
  • Relax with a Professional Massage! (Additional Fee applies)
  • The weekend will conclude after Lunch

2018 sessions included:

3 Whole Group Sessions:

  • Diabetes Technology: Where are we now, and what’s on the horizon? -Presented by Molly McElwee Malloy. Molly will present an in-depth look at the current state of diabetes technology.
  • Type 1 Diabetes Research-Presented by Dr. Robin Goland. This session will review advances in type 1 diabetes research. Advances toward a biologic cure as well as what it takes to bring a potential cure from clinical trials to FDA approval will be discussed.
  • Empowered Fitness-Presented by Daniele Hargenrader BSNS, CPT, CHT, PWD.     In this fun and interactive session, you will learn about the two biggest mental roadblocks to creating a sustainable, empowered fitness routine, and how to overcome them. You will also learn the “3 Ps” of cultivating a consistent fitness routine that you find true joy in, and which can initiate positive change in any area of your life.

Break Out Sessions, with 7-9 topics to choose from including:

  • Diabetes and Relationships- Presented by Dr. D'Arcy King.  Do you ever find yourself saying “I can go it alone”? Having family and friends to help can make life with diabetes easier and less overwhelming. Learn how to deal with the “diabetes police”, discuss how to “invite diabetes to the party”, and explore ways to establish boundaries that will help you to build stronger relationships.
  • Culinary Nutrition Workshop-Presented by Julie Harrington RDN, CPC. Join Chef Julie Harrington for a hands-on culinary workshop to explore preparation of seasonal foods and learn tasty and exciting new ways to include low-glycemic vegetables in your diet. Have you ever wished vegetables were more exciting to eat or that you knew more ways to prepare them? Then this session is for you!
  • Back to Basics-Presented by Jaki Johnson RN, BSN, CDE. This session will revisit some of the basics and will teach the “textbook” ways of managing diabetes in a realistic way for daily life. Topics will include insulin dosing accuracy, preventing and treating site infections, foot care, realistic A1c expectations and how to achieve them, and more.
  • Getting Organized with Diabetes-Presented by Dr. D'Arcy King and Jaki Johnson RN, BSN, CDE. During this workshop, participants will be able to identify specidic goals and explore ways to adopt new habits. Walk away with a personalized plan for success!
  • Ask the PWD-Panel Discussion featuring a wide variety of perspectives and experiences. Doctors and medical professionals have the expert knowledge, but have you ever wanted to hear about what it's like balancing kids or pregnancy and diabetes from someone who is doing just that, or diabetes complications from someone who has actually experienced them, or what about traveling with diabetes from someone who has traveled extensively with their diabetes supplies in tow? Come ask any and all questions of those living and thriving with type 1 diabetes! *Please note, this session is meant to provide a snapshot of others' experiences and opinions and should not be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice.
  • Advocacy-Discussion Panel featuring Phyllis Kaplan, Mindy Bartleson, Jennifer Passerini, and Sarah Macleod. Advocacy...if this word sounds like a tall order, come hear this panel of speakers as they break down what it really means, and some quick and easy ways you can get involved with advocacy. Learn how you can help to make a difference through education, funding research, and more.
  • Meet the MiniMed 670G-Presented by Tapushi Patel and Phyllis Kaplan. Join Medtronic Territory Manager Tapushi Patel and MiniMed Ambassador Phyllis Kaplan for an interactive session on the Medtronic Diabetes MiniMed 670G hybrid closed-loop system. Together they will provide an overview of the system, and answer all of your questions. Everyone is welcome to attend, including those already using the system.


Accommodations options include group-style Camper cabins with a half bath and access to our newly constructed bath house (a short walk from your cabin) or the option to upgrade to shared dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms on the second floor of our Helmsley Heath Center facility. Rooms in the Helmsley Health Center have limited availability and will be filled first come, first serve. Two rooms on the first floor of the Health Center can be used for handicapped access. Please contact or 973-383-2611 x224 to request a handicap accessible room.

  Helmsley Health Center dorm-style climate controlled housing with shared bathrooms and common space.

Helmsley Health Center dorm-style climate controlled housing with shared bathrooms and common space.

  Camper Cabins - Rustic but comfortable camper cabins with electricity and half bath. Newly constructed bath house is a short walk from cabins.

Camper Cabins - Rustic but comfortable camper cabins with electricity and half bath. Newly constructed bath house is a short walk from cabins.

If you do not wish to stay on-site, but would like to stay close by, here are some nearby hotels for your convenience:

  • Econo Lodge, Newton NJ (8 miles) 2 stars

  • Holiday Motel, Andover NJ (9 miles) 1 star

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Sparta NJ (9 miles) 2 stars

  • Holiday Inn, Budd Lake NJ (17 miles) 3 stars

  • Residence Inn, Mount Olive NJ (17 miles) 3 stars


You are attending Survive and Thrive Bootcamp at Camp Nejeda – a summer camp for children with type 1 diabetes. Accommodations are that of a summer camp facility and while you will have access to modern conveniences, you should pack for the experience. Participants are encouraged to pack comfortable and casual attire and include warm clothes for evenings and outdoor activities. Layers work best! A full packing list will be provided in the weeks preceding the program.

*Cabins are not heated. Please pack sleeping bags and/or sheets and extra blankets. In the event that the weather is unseasonably cold, Camp Nejeda will provide additional heat sources in the cabins.

“What a great weekend! I learned a lot and felt so welcomed by everyone. And spent my first night ever at sleep away camp!”

Special Thanks to our 2018 Program Sponsors:


Please email or call with questions: or 973-383-2611 x 224