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Hello my name is Megan, I am a 12 year old Type I Diabetic, I have had this disease since I was 2, you probably look at me and think it must be so hard to deal with it, but it’s truly not. People seem to think you can’t do what they can such as learn to play various instruments, I have. Or what its like to dance a beautiful contemporary solo, I have. Or what it’s like to get first place and stand on that podium, I have.
I wouldn’t have been able to if I didn’t go to the Diabetic camp. That one week of summer were you fit in, everyone and understands what you go through every day of your life. That one week gave me confidence to stand up and exceed my dreams. At camp they always tell us “Know who you are and thrive to be that person.” I am Megan, and this is my story.
The Lions of District 4-C1 created a camp for kids with Diabetes in 1988 at Camp McCumber. The objective of the camp was to help kids adjust to their situation and learn how to take care of themselves responsibly while living a normal life style. For the past 24-years, the Lions of District 4-C1 have been successful at achieving their goal.
With a beautiful wooded area, lake and recreation facility, this site offers the activities of outdoor camping while supplying the comforts of home – electricity, hot showers, cozy cabins and cafeteria style meals. The camp’s elevation is 4,200 feet.
This Northern California Diabetic camp offers a variety of enjoyable activities and programs such as:
- Diabetes Education
- Arts & Crafts
- Baseball & Basketball
- Hiking & Nature Study
- Nightly Campfire Skits & Camp Songs
- Ping Pong & Badminton
- Volleyball & Kickball
- Waterfront Activities
Many activities in the Lions District 4-C1 support the Diabetic Camp at Lake McCumber. The Lions All-Star Football and Softball games and golf tournaments have donated thousands of dollars to help build new cabins. Lions Clubs all over the District hold Golf Tournaments and fundraisers to help support the kids that attend the Camp at Lake McCumber.
The camp is designed to teach kids how to manage their diabetes effectively making healthy and safe choices.
The camp is sponsored by the Lions’ Health Foundation (a 501-C3 foundation) of District 4-C1, a nonprofit
service organization The foundation is dedicated to providing fun and educational camping experiences for
youth with health challenges, who would otherwise be denied the privilege.
Camp is the last two weeks in June. Campers receive an assigned time to “Check-In” on Sunday in the “Welcome to Camp” letter, which is sent shortly before camp begins. “Check-Out” occurs the following Saturday after our 10 a.m. closing ceremony and before 12 noon. The Camp accepts children who have diabetes, ages 8 through 17.