Camp FAQs

Registration

There are two ways to easily register for any of our Camp Seale Harris programs – the first is to go to the top right corner of any page on our website (www.campsealeharris.org) and click the “Register Now” button to be taken to our registration pages.  If you have any questions or issues, or simply want to register via paper forms, you can also call our office at (205) 402-0415 or email info@campsealeharris.org.  (Note that your registration is not confirmed and a space will not be saved until we receive the registration forms and the registration fee completed in our office.)

While you may definitely pay in full for your camp session(s) when registering, we only require that a $25 registration fee (per program) be submitted along with your registration forms.  This $25 is part of the camp fee.

While we do not have any open beds during our overnight programs for children without diabetes, you may register one child without diabetes with their sibling/friend during any of our Day Camp programs (Dothan, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Mobile).  You may also bring children without diabetes along with the rest of the family during any of our Family Camp programs.

You can see a listing of our camp fees here.

You can set up your own payment plan!  Once you register for camp (and pay the $25 registration fee), call (205) 402-0415 or email our Camp Registrar, Angie Teague, (angie@campsealeharris.org) to set up a payment plan.  You can have us automatically charge a credit/debit card on dates that you specify, or you can set dates where you will send us a check or money order.

We want all children with diabetes to be able to go to camp, regardless of their financial need!  For more information about our financial aid process, fundraising, and more, go to our Financial aid page here.

Camp Life

While you can find a specific week of camp’s packing lists on different pages here on our website, you should bring to camp (in general) the following items:

  • Enough clothes for the entire week (at least one change per day).
  • Closed-toed shoes (like tennis shoes) for running around!
  • Swimsuit
  • Items to shower with, brush your teeth, brush your hair, etc.
  • Only insulin pump and CGM supplies are needed – camp provides most other diabetes supplies (call for more specific information).

In general, the only required items at any of our day camps are a swimsuit, towel, and insulin pump and CGM supplies.  Most other diabetes supplies are provided (call for more specific information).  You should wear closed-toed shoes (like tennis shoes) for running around!

The only diabetes supplies that you need to bring with you are insulin pump supplies and CGM supplies, if you use either.  We provide insulin, insulin pens, meters, test strips, lancet devices (to prick your finger with), glucose tablets, syringes, and more!  Call our office for more information.

Cell phones are not allowed for camper use at Camp Seale Harris.  We, as a camp (and the camping community at-large), have regularly found cell phones to be a distraction from the forging of healthy relationships with other campers and mentor staff, and can sabotage the fun and learning experience that Camp Seale Harris can provide.  We want campers tuning into and learning from each other instead of being tethered to the outside world for the week that they’re at camp.  This cell phone policy is one that we have made after combining camper experiences, feedback from other diabetes camps, and best practices of other camps within the American Camp Association.

This is a tough one and one that is routinely discussed within Camp Seale Harris and diabetes camps around the country.  Camp Seale Harris currently does not allow cell phones – even those connected to CGMs – at any of its overnight camps.  There are many reasons, but here are the most important ones to us:

  • We allow CGMs when directly connected to an insulin pump (integrated device) or using the non-cell phone receiver.
  • Getting campers disconnected from technology and the outside world, instead plugging into “camp life” and forging important healthy relationships with their fellow campers and mentor staff (see question above “Do I get to use my phone at Camp Seale Harris?”).
  • Camp, while a safe place, is a place where kids are constantly moving, running around, and having fun.  Keeping up with cell phones can be tough – and potentially damaging.  While insulin pumps often have quick turnarounds for replacement if there is damage, cell phones often do not.  We want our campers to feel free in running from point A to point B without having to worry about a cell phone in a pocket!
  • We disconnect the “share” feature on CGMs during the week of camp.  We have many medical staff at camp – endocrinologists, other physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and more – who work with our counselor team to ensure that every person with diabetes (both campers and staff) are safe.  Often, by the time a parent might notice an oddity in a blood sugar via a share feature, it has already been dealt with at camp due to the watchful eyes of the staff in addition to the numerous checks that we already do at camp.  Camp is also a “break” for the parents of children with diabetes!  During this week, parents have found that they can “recharge” while their children are safe and having fun.
  • At Camp Seale Harris, campers are unplugged – and this includes phone calls, as well as internet and personal cell phones.  While we do want them focusing on the activities and fun that they’re going to have, we have found that conversations with parents, friends, or others from home often make them miss home more instead of helping to manage it in a healthy way.  The campers stay busy, and the counselors and staff are trained to deal with cases of missing home or when the camper is upset.  We have found that more campers go home early when they call home.
  • While, as stated previously, your child cannot talk with you via phone, there are ways for you to check in and see how things are going.  The first (and easiest) way is to check our website for pictures that we post from camp daily.  We strive to get every child in a picture at least every other day.  The second way is for you to call our camp office to find out about your camper.  When you call, the office staff will take your name, your phone number, your camper’s name, and what cabin they’re in.  Over the course of a few hours, the Camp Director will get the message and find out specifics (usually from the cabin counselor) about how that camper is doing, including about their diabetes management, and call you back.  Please note that it might be the next morning before the Director calls you back depending on the activities currently going on at camp.  It is important for us to get specific information about your camper to you (instead of a general “they’re doing fine”) and this can take some time.

Camp Seale Harris will call you if:

  • Your camper is ill and in the Health Center for an extended amount of time.
  • Your camper must leave camp for health reasons (e.g. hospital).
  • Your camper is having issues with missing home, and we want to let you know and get your feedback on the best way(s) to handle it – combining your great experience with your child with our experience with dealing with kids in the camp environment.
  • Your camper is unable to function within the Camp Seale Harris Discipline Policy.

Yes, individual packing lists for programs include items not to bring, but the following is the list of items not allowed at any program:

  • Insulin, insulin pens, meters, test strips, low blood sugar supplies – these are supplied by camp.
  • Cell phones (CGM users bring your non-cell phone receiver).
  • Electronics (games, music devices without headphones, etc.).
  • Any form of tobacco or alcohol.
  • Unprescribed drugs/medications – all medications, even those over-the-counter, must be accompanied by a doctor’s note and be kept by medical staff at camp.
  • Weapons.

Definitely not!  Each camp session includes several campers who are also at camp for the first time.  Our counselors and other staff are great at getting everyone to quickly meet each other and become fast friends!

  • For overnight camps, if eligible for more than one session, we ask that campers pick Senior OR Junior Camp.  They may be placed on the waitlist for the other program and will be accepted if there ends up being available space.
  • Campers, if able to, may attend more than one day camp program per year.
  • Families may attend more than one family camp per year.

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