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.