Camp to offer a safe place to play for Type 1 diabetic children

The American Board for Child Diabetics, a nonprofit organization focused on “Bridging the financial gap for children with Type 1 diabetes,” is hosting a day camp for Type 1 diabetic children ages 8 to 16 to allow them a safe opportunity to learn to surf, paddle board or simply gather to share.

The event is called “Surf & Turf Day Camp – A safe place to play for T1 Diabetic Children.” It will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 19 at Kalama Beach Park in Kihei. A $25 donation is requested but not required. Any child with type 1 diabetes may participate.

Registered attendees will be able to participate in a support group gathering time for parents, families and caregivers. The American Board for Child Diabetics is offering surfing, stand-up paddling, volleyball activities; snacks/water; lunch; and gift bags for participants. Due to the type of care needed for Type 1 children, many have never experienced these types of activities, according to an announcement.

“These kids really need special care, and something as simple as surfing or paddle boarding can often scare them from trying.

“We want to teach them that anything is possible with the right attention to their health,” said Colleen Haupt, founder of the American Board for Child Diabetics. “We are reaching out to try this supervised program in hopes that we can bring many more and longer programs to kids who should have these opportunities. The message is that Type 1 diabetes is a ‘Life Style and not a life sentence!’ “

Maui Wave Riders is the key sponsor providing the surf and stand-up paddling instruction. The organization is a family-owned and operated business dedicated to providing surfing lessons to each student with a fun, safe surf experience.

For more information and registration, visit the the American Board for Child Diabetics website at or send email to Susan Erickson at