Meriden YMCA

This special summer camp gives children with Type 1 diabetes the opportunity to have a fun outdoor experience while under the care of registered nurses and doctors who specialize in the care of pediatric diabetes.

Girl jumping into Mountain Mist Day Camp pool at camp program for children with Type 1 diabetesStay cool and swim and dive in the pool. Splash down the turbo water chute for the ultimate slip and slide. Hike up the mountain, enjoy great views and adventure. Get your game on by playing gaga ball, soccer, basketball, kickball, four square, dodgeball, and more. Sing, create, play and enjoy arts and crafts, songs, and games.

  • Week 1: July 29 - August 2, 2024
  • Week 2: August 5 - August 9, 2024
  • Ages: 6 – 12 years old
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Fee: $215 per week
  • Scholarships are available. Please contact Carolyn Daniels for details at  
  • Register: Call 203.235.6386 or in person at the Y. 
  • The deadline for registration is Monday July 22, 2024
  • Parent pick up and drop off only
  • Non-members welcome. No Y membership needed.
  • Extended day is not available.

My Y Story
Karen Blank and grandson Vincent

Last summer for the first time ever, my grandson was able to go to summer camp. He went to the Mountain Mist Pathfinders camp for children with Type I diabetes. Camp scholarships helped me to send him for two weeks. 

It was a wonderful experience for him to be able to go to camp and socialize with other kids, especially kids with diabetes. He used to get picked on at school a lot for having diabetes. At Pathfinders Camp he was with kids that were like him. One day when I picked him up he said "Grandma, I am not alone." This gave me goosebumps and a joyful tear in my eyes. 

He learned a lot from them including new technology he could use to more easily monitor his sugars and administer insulin. After camp I got him a phone. This new technology has improved his care and he can take care of his diabetes discreetly when he is at school.

I used to get daily phone calls from his school about his sugar. When he was at camp under the care of RNs they knew exactly what to do and I did not receive daily calls. I was in heaven because I knew he was in good hands.

At his end-of-the-year school conference they recommended that he do something over the summer that would be good for his socialization. This camp really helped him with that. He made friends and is still friends with the other campers and texts with them. He is looking forward to coming back  again.

There aren't enough words to describe how wonderful this camp is or how thankful we are to everyone who made Pathfinders possible. I drove one hour each way to bring him there and will gladly do it again. We made thank you cards and sent messages to Carolyn Daniels, the Connecticut Lions Club, camp staff and volunteers. Your efforts help families and children make this dream camp a reality. You make dreams come true!

Pathfinders Camp Community Partners

Thank you to our wonderful community partners: The CT Lions Clubs, Goldy Disc Course Designers, and Camp Angels.

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