Camp Kudzu, founded in 1999, supports the medical needs of youth with type 1 diabetes. The camp is one of the nation’s premier diabetes camps. According to the website, the camp’s mission is to educate, empower, and inspire youth living with diabetes to take charge of their lives and manage diabetes more effectively.
The Ocoee Camp, located in Columbus, Georgia near the Chattahoochee River, is the newest location of the Camp Kudzu Family. Every year, Camp Kudzu holds a benefit luncheon to raise funds. This year the luncheon will be held on October 28, 2013 at the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, Georgia. The honoree of this year’s luncheon is Melanie Boltax. She will be honored for her service to the camp and Atlanta’s diabetes community.
Camp Kudzu provides much needed programs for its patrons such as diabetes management education for children, counting carbohydrates, checking blood sugar levels, and other medically related skills. Families also receive advice and medically related instruction pertaining to a family member with type 1 diabetes. The camp programs include: Summer Camp, Teen Girls Retreat, Winter Co-Ed Trip, Family Camp Weekends, and Sprouts Day Camp-Pilot Program.
Sponsors include The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Kaiser Permanente, and Fulton County Human Services.