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Camp Bluebonnet Information
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Table of Contents
Our History and Our Mission ........................................................................................................................ 4
Parent Orientation ........................................................................................................................................ 4
More paperwork ....................................................................................................................................... 4
Other Important Information ................................................................................................................... 5
Camp Information ......................................................................................................................................... 5
What to Wear to Camp ............................................................................................................................. 5
What NOT to Wear to Camp ..................................................................................................................... 5
What to Bring to Camp ............................................................................................................................. 5
What NOT to Bring to Camp ..................................................................................................................... 5
What to Expect at Camp ............................................................................................................................... 6
At the Bus .................................................................................................................................................. 6
When Driving to Camp .............................................................................................................................. 6
At Check-In Everyday ................................................................................................................................ 7
During the Camp Day ................................................................................................................................ 7
On Friday ................................................................................................................................................... 8
Behavior Expectations .............................................................................................................................. 9
Diabetes Management Protocol at Camp..................................................................................................... 9
Blood Glucose Testing............................................................................................................................... 9
Ketone Testing .......................................................................................................................................... 9
Insulin Administration ............................................................................................................................... 9
Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia) Management ................................................................................. 10
High Blood Glucose (Hyperglycemia) Management ............................................................................... 10
Insulin Pumps .......................................................................................................................................... 11
Campers Go to Infirmary for: .................................................................................................................. 11
Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems (CGMS) .................................................................................. 11
Medical Emergency Plan ......................................................................................................................... 12
Camp Bluebonnet Child Preparation .......................................................................................................... 12
Miscellaneous Information ......................................................................................................................... 13
Parents at Camp ...................................................................................................................................... 13
What the Shirt Colors Mean ................................................................................................................... 14
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Adult Discussion Sessions at Camp ......................................................................................................... 14
Possible Camp Activities ......................................................................................................................... 14
Golf Carts ................................................................................................................................................ 15
Detailed Bus Information ........................................................................................................................ 15
Driving Directions to PKRC ...................................................................................................................... 17
Map of PKRC Area ....................................................................................................................................... 19
Forms ...................................................................................................................................................... 1920
Group Leader Information Sheet ............................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.
Bus Transportation Waiver ..................................................................................................................... 21
Camp Bluebonnet Daily Log (Sample-Do Not Use) .................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.
Frequently Asked Questions ....................................................................................................................... 22
Camp Bluebonnet Song............................................................................................................................... 26
Camp Planning Committee-2015 ................................................................................................................ 27
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Our History and Our Mission
Camp Bluebonnet began about 30 years ago as a small gathering of families at Zilker Park in Austin,
Texas. Over the years, this small gathering grew to a week long day camp serving over 200 kids. A Camp
Planning Committee was formed and these people plan the camp week for a growing number of
campers. In 2003, the Foundation, Children’s Diabetes Camp of Central Texas, was formed to focus on
the fundraising and administration of Camp Bluebonnet, so that the Camp Committee could dedicate
their time to providing a great camp experience. We have 9 members on the Foundation and 14
members on the Camp Planning Committee. All board and committee members are volunteers.
The mission of Children’s Diabetes Camp of Central Texas and Camp Bluebonnet is to provide an
opportunity for children with diabetes to enjoy a summer camp experience in an environment that provides
for their unique health needs. We provide diabetes education for children and families with the goals of
improving immediate quality of life and preventing long term complications that threaten the futures of
these children. Camp Bluebonnet participants form long lasting friendships that provide support and
reassurance throughout the year. Because diabetes affects the whole family, we encourage the whole
family to participate in camp. We strive to make Camp Bluebonnet a place where kids with diabetes can
just be kids.
Parent Orientation
More Paperwork
Daily Log: This carbon-less copy sheet serves as the documentation on your child’s medical health
during camp. It is very important that you fill this out for your child every morning before camp. Our
medical staff will document all treatment that your child receives during the day and will communicate
with you any special instructions to follow at home. Your child should bring home one of these forms
each camp day. You can pick up 5 copies at the orientation and send in one copy each day with your
child. Copies are also available from the Bus Liaison or at camp check-in.
Group Leader Information Sheet: This is the way that Group Leaders can learn a bit about your child
before camp. It is especially important to fill this out for younger campers. Each Group Leader shares
responsibility for up to 15 campers and this information will be helpful in maintaining a safe, yet fun
environment. Pick up a copy at the Parent Orientation, download a copy from our website, or use the
copy in the forms section of this document. You are welcome to fill this out at the Parent Orientation
and leave it with us or give it directly to your child’s Group Leader on the first day of camp.
Bus Waivers: We need this form from you if your child will be riding the bus. You can use one sheet per
family. Be sure to list everyone in your family who may be riding the bus. Feel free to fill this out at the
Parent Orientation and leave it with us. If you cannot attend the orientation, you can find it in the forms
section of this document. Each Bus Liaison will also have copies. Fill it out and give it directly to the Bus
Liaison on the first day of camp.
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Other Important Information
Camp T-Shirts: The only place to get your camper’s shirt before the first day of camp is at the Parent
Orientation. Campers must wear the current camp shirt each day. (Remember to take the name tag off
before washing). On the second day of camp, we might have a limited number of shirts available to
purchase for $10.
Update your child’s medical information: If your child’s medical information changes after you send in
the application, please update that with the Foundation Representative who processes applications. She
will be at the Parent Orientation.
Camp Information
What to Wear to Camp
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Current Camp T-shirt
Shorts
Swim suit (Modest swimwear is REQUIRED. No bikinis for girls or speedo-type suits for boys).
Closed toed shoes (Campers who don’t have closed toed shoes for camp will not be allowed to
participate).
Hat (Optional).
Sunscreen (Apply before camp and send to camp for re-application).
Label everything your child wears or brings to camp with their full name.
What NOT to Wear to Camp
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Sandals open toed shoes, or Crocs. (Campers who don’t have closed toed shoes for camp will
not be allowed to participate).
Bikinis, speedo, or other non-modest swimwear
Last year’s camp shirt
Jeans (It’s really hot).
What to Bring to Camp
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Lunch (more on lunch later).
Change of dry clothes for after water activities
Water shoes for the pool and Slip-N-Slide
Backpack or a bag that zips closed
Sunscreen
Water bottle (optional)
What NOT to Bring to Camp
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Diabetes supplies -We have almost everything your child will need to manage diabetes at camp.
We do NOT have sensors for CGMs and we have a limited quantity of supplies for certain
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pumps. If we don’t have what your child uses or something that can be used in its place, we will
let you know.
Non-essential PDMs for pump use
Non-disposable lunch containers of any kind
Diabetes Alert Dogs
Toys
Electronics/cell phones*
*If you absolutely want your child to bring a cell phone to camp, we ask that they leave it in their
backpacks for the entire camp day, 8:30am-3:30pm. If a camper needs to call home during the camp
day, they should tell their Group Leader, who will speak with the Camp Director. Camp Bluebonnet and
Peaceable Kingdome Retreat for Children will not be responsible for a cell phone brought to camp.
What to Expect at Camp
At the Bus
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One Bus Waiver Form per family is required to ride the bus.
Bus locations are Dell Children’s Hospital, Bowie High School, and Westwood High School. The
Bowie High School bus leaves for camp at 7am. The Dell Children’s Hospital and Westwood
buses leave at 7:15am.
The buses will leave on time. If you miss the bus, you have the option of driving your child to
camp. Directions can be found at the end of this document and on our website.
The buses will each be assigned a Bus Liaison and at least one Medical Staff Volunteer.
The Med Staff Volunteer will have testing supplies, juice, snacks, and glucose tabs to treat lows,
and Glucagon to use in case of emergency.
When you arrive at the bus location, check your child in with the Bus Liaison and give your
child’s Daily Log to the Medical Staff Volunteer assigned to the bus.
Volunteers will be on hand at arrival to help your child check in for camp.
Typically, we show G-rated movies on the bus ride.
Note: Bus space is limited and a ride to camp is not guaranteed. Please do not leave the bus stop until
the bus has departed for camp. If the bus fills up and campers still need to get on, the bus will be
unloaded and will reload in this order: Bus Liaison, Med Staff Volunteers assigned to the bus, campers,
additional Med Staff and Group Leaders, other registered volunteers, and finally, parents/care givers.
When Driving to Camp
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Directions to Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children (PKRC) can be found at the end of this
document and can be found on our website.
Plan to arrive at PKRC between 8:15 and 8:30am.
Please drive 5mph in the PKRC parking lot.
Park your car and escort your child to the camper check-in area.
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If you are early, please stay with your child until check-in has started.
At Check-In Everyday
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Have your child find his or her name at the check in tables and register attendance for the day.
(A volunteer will be there to help).
Pick up a t-shirt if you missed the Parent Orientation.
Have the Daily Log ready and check in at the med staff table to have a blood glucose check. (We
try to get this done on the bus, but it must be done for all campers who have diabetes before
camp activities start).
Campers will be checked for ketones if blood glucose ≥240. (More information on our Camp
Bluebonnet Diabetes Management Protocol can be found later in this document).
Campers who don’t have diabetes do not have their blood glucose checked.
Place lunch in the plastic tote labeled with your child’s age group and t-shirt color. Lunches will
be refrigerated until lunch time. Parents, if you plan to eat with your child, put your lunch in the
same tote.
Find your child’s Group Leader, who will be wearing the same color shirt, and check in.
If your child’s pump requires a PDM (i.e. Omnipod), label it with your child’s name and group
and give it to the group’s Med Staff Volunteer. If a PDM isn’t required to give insulin, leave it at
home.
We have a short welcome-to-camp session, and then camp activities begin.
If you are late to camp and the check-in area is unattended, please walk your child to the Camp
Infirmary. This building is always staffed. We will find your child’s group and get them where
they should be.
If you are an adult staying at camp, but not volunteering, please check in with the designated
Camp Committee Volunteer to check in and get a wrist band.
During the Camp Day
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Follow the above check-in procedure each day.
Each group is assigned at least two Group Leaders and two Medical Staff Volunteers.
Counselors in Training (CITs) and other parent volunteers may also be assigned to help with
groups.
The Group Leaders wear the same color as their assigned campers. Med Staff Volunteers wear
red, parent volunteers wear blue, and CITs wear black.
Medical Staff Volunteers carry all supplies needed to check blood glucose and treat low blood
glucose. They also carry Glucagon to use in case of emergency.
High blood glucose is managed by the group Medical Staff Volunteer at activities or by the
Medical Director in the Infirmary depending on the situation. (See Camp Bluebonnet Diabetes
Management Protocol later in this document).
The campers will have a fun day filled with lots camp activities. (See a list of possible activities
later in this document).
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The campers will drop off their backpacks at a central location and proceed to the day’s
activities.
We have changing tents near the pool where campers can change into and out of swimsuits or
they can wear swimsuits under their clothing.
We have information sessions Monday-Thursday for parents and care-givers. Typically, they are
scheduled in the morning or during the lunch hour. The schedule will be posted at various
places around camp.
Campers will be given a morning snack about half way between arrival and the group’s
scheduled lunch. The snack contains about 15 grams of carbohydrates. The purpose of this
snack is to prevent low blood glucose due to high activity. We have gluten free snacks for
campers who have been diagnosed with Celiac disease.
We will check blood glucose before lunch. Pack your child’s lunch in a gallon sized Ziploc bag.
Label the bag with your child’s full name, t-shirt color, and grade. Please itemize the contents of
the lunch and list the carb count of each item. This is helpful if your child does not eat the entire
lunch.
Typically, we have milk, a sugar free punch, and water available to drink at lunch.
Group Medical Staff Volunteers will help with boluses and documenting doses on the Daily Log.
Dr. Stephen, the Medical Director, and an assistant will be helping with injections.
The afternoon snack is a very low or no carb snack.
At the end of the day, campers have their blood glucose checked, have their Daily Log updated,
and are given a ticket for a sugar free popsicle which is available at the checkout area. The Daily
Log will be given to your child at checkout and should come home every day.
Bus riders will be escorted to the bus. Upon arrival at the bus stop, campers MUST be checked
out to a parents or care giver by the Bus Liaison.
All other campers should be checked out directly from their Group Leader at the same area
where they checked in. Campers should not be walking unescorted through the parking lot at
the end of the camp day.
Please list those people who are allowed to pick up your child from camp on the Group Leader
Information Sheet.
On Friday
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On Friday, the whole family is invited to join us for a day at camp. You can attend all the
activities with your child.
Campers will enjoy Friday’s carnival with their group if a family member can’t attend.
Campers must be supervised by their Group Leader, their parent, or a caregiver at all times on
Friday. Unsupervised children will be sent home with an untrained puppy that likes to chew up
shoes and poop on the kitchen table!
Possible carnival activities include a waterslide, a giant Slip-n-Slide, moon walk, a foam machine,
carnival games, a petting zoo, a climbing wall, and a train.
We will have a silent auction on Friday to help raise money for next year’s camp. Cash and
checks are accepted.
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Camp sponsors will have booths on the porch at the Main House.
Lunch will be provided for everyone, but donations are always appreciated to help offset cost.
Camp ends at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.
Bus riders depart from camp at 12:45 p.m.
Please pick up your camper(s) at the bus stop by 1:45 p.m.
Please fill out or have your child fill out a camp survey. We try to improve every year.
Behavior Expectations
We expect the kids to have fun at camp. We also expect the campers to act in a way that is respectful to
both the adult volunteers and to the other kids. If your child’s behavior becomes a problem at camp, we
will contact you and ask that you help us resolve the issue.
Diabetes Management Protocol at Camp
Please understand that diabetes management at camp may be different from what you do at home.
Blood Glucose Testing
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Within 10-15 minutes of arrival to camp (if on bus) OR Upon arrival to camp.
Immediately before lunch.
Immediately before leaving camp.
Anytime signs and/or symptoms of blood glucose concerns (either self-reported or
concerns from medical staff).
Approximately 30 minutes after treating low blood glucose.
Within 2-3 hours of
A. High blood glucose.
B. Insulin pump site change.
C. Swimming, if wears an insulin pump.
When a Continuous Glucose Meter (CGM) requests calibration.
Ketone Testing
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Upon boarding bus for transport to camp and/or upon arrival to camp if blood glucose ≥
300mg/dl.
If blood ketones ≥ 2mmol/L, camper will not be allowed to attend camp and/or
participate in camp activities until blood ketones < 2mmol/L.
In the setting of high blood glucose per High Blood Glucose (Hyperglycemia)
Management (see below).
In the setting of illness, regardless of blood glucose measure.
Insulin Administration
All insulin administration will be administered by an MD, RN, and/or CDE. For those on insulin pumps,
bolus will be verified and observed by an MD, RN, and/or CDE until administration is complete.
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Insulin injections or boluses will be given based on camper’s care plan provided unless changes
authorized by MD or other authorized provider.
Ideally, insulin will be given within 10-15 minutes of completing lunch.
Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia) Management
Blood Glucose Level (mg/dl)
≤ 80mg/dl without symptoms
and/or ≤ 90mg/dl with symptoms
(MILD)
≤ 80mg/dl with symptoms (MILD)
≤ 60mg/dl with symptoms
(MODERATE)
SEVERE HYPOGLYCEMIA (Nonresponsive, Seizing, or Vomiting)
Action
Give 15-20 grams carb snack.
Other Instructions
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Give 15-20 grams carb snack.
Needs constant supervision.
Give 25-30 grams carb snack.
Needs constant supervision.
CALL Medical Director
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Administer Glucagon
1mg IM in thigh,
shoulder, or abdomen.
*** For symptomatic hypoglycemia, recommend simple carb snack such as juice. For asymptomatic
hypoglycemia, recommend simple snack with protein. For those with celiac disease (gluten
intolerance), use gluten free snacks. ***
Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia) Follow-up
 Recheck blood glucose every 10-15 minutes and treat (see above) until glucose ≥ 90mg/dl and
symptoms resolved. May allow to rest while awaiting blood glucose to respond.
 If Glucagon is given, turn child to side as vomiting is a common side effect. Call MD and notify
that glucagon was given.
High Blood Glucose (Hyperglycemia) Management
Use correction factor by injection or insulin pump as per camper’s care plan if ≥ 2-3 hours after last
meal. All insulin injections or boluses will be directly supervised by an RN, MD, and/or CDE.
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If blood glucose ≥ 300 mg/dl or ill (vomiting, fever, etc.), recheck blood glucose within 1
hour to assure blood glucose is normalizing.
Check blood or urinary ketones for all blood glucoses ≥ 300mg/dl.
o If blood ketones (≤ 0.9 mmol/L), may continue participation in camp activities.
Ensure hydration by pushing water intake.
o If blood ketones (> 1mmol/L), send to infirmary. For pumpers, injection will be
provided based on correction factor provided and pump site will be changed. After
pump site change, blood glucose will be rechecked within 1-2 hours.
If blood glucose is > 300mg/dl at recheck (regardless of ketone status), send camper to
infirmary for evaluation.
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Insulin Pumps
Each day please verify that pump has,
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Sufficient insulin in pump.
Sufficient battery life for pump.
Correct time and date on pump home screen.
Pump site appears intact without evidence of site being loose or irritation at pump site.
Management of Insulin Pumps and Swimming/Water Slide
o Disconnect pump tubing from infusion site if tubed pump. All pumps that can be
disconnected will be disconnected for all water-related activities to include swimming
and/or water slide, even for “water-proof” pumps.
o Place pump in safe place out of direct sunlight. For pod pumps, assure PDM in safe
place out of direct sunlight. Coolers with Zip Lock bags are provided. Please label with
name of camper of the bags.
o Assure camper gets his/her pump reconnected as soon as swimming complete.
o After swimming, check pump site to assure intact without evidence of site being loose.
If problem with pump site, send to infirmary for replacement.
Campers Go to Infirmary for:
All campers coming to Infirmary MUST be accompanied by an adult. Med Staff will be available to
come to any site on camp for medical emergency as necessary.
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High Blood Glucose not responsive to bolus.
Blood ketones (≥ 1 mmol/L).
Pump site detachment or other pump problem (i.e. alarms, etc.).
Not feeling well (i.e. nausea, vomiting, fever, etc.).
Other injury or healthcare concern.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems (CGMS)
Each day, please verify that CGMS is,
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Reporting blood glucose measures.
Battery is charged.
Site is intact without being loose or irritation at site.
Alarms are set to normal (not on vibrate).
Camper will need finger-stick blood glucose performed at,
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Time of boarding bus and/or arrival to camp to assure calibrated.
Pre-lunch.
Anytime signs or symptoms of glucose concerns regardless of CGMS reading.
Prior to boarding bus to return home.
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5. If CGMS requests a calibration glucose and/or stops displaying blood glucose readings.
6. If sensor falls out, child will check finger stick blood glucoses as for other campers. Sensor,
transmitter, and receiver will be placed in a plastic bag for return to parents.
Medical Emergency Plan
For medical emergencies not able to be sufficiently managed onsite, 911 will be called for evaluation,
management.
Camp Bluebonnet Child Preparation
Please assure that your child continues to get usual diabetes care at home every day as instructed by
your child’s physician. After camp each day, push water to assure good hydration throughout the week.
Encourage your child to drink water throughout the day while at camp.
Prior to coming to camp each day, assure your child has
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Checked his/her blood glucose.
Ketones are checked if glucose is ≥ 240mg/dl.
a. If ketones are positive, follow instructions provided by your child’s physician.
b. If your child has large urinary ketones or blood ketones ≥ 2mmol/L, he/she will not
be allowed to participate in daily activities until ketones are clearing, regardless of
blood glucose.
Insulin is given for breakfast and correction for high glucose (as warranted).
Your child eats at least a modest breakfast. Camp activities burn a lot of calories.
You have packed your child’s lunch in a large Ziploc bag and have written the carbohydrate
counts on the bag.
You have sent your child’s Daily Medical Log with breakfast blood glucose reading, ketone
status (as warranted), and current insulin dosing.
You have packed any other medications with clear instructions.
Apply sunscreen to your child prior to coming to camp and pack extra sunscreen in their
bags. Every effort is made to minimize risk of sunburn. Additionally, it is recommended that
your child consider wearing a hat and sunglasses.
In an effort to minimize spread of infection, please keep your child at home if he/she has had,
1. Fever ≥101F within the past 24 hours.
2. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea within the past 24-48 hours.
3. Head lice, treated within the past 48 hours.
Please monitor blood glucoses very closely at home, especially in the evenings and overnight.
Commonly, the activities at camp may lead to delayed, low blood glucoses (hypoglycemia); sometimes
even hours after the events.
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Often, campers are very tired after a day at camp. This may require more parental involvement and
supervision of diabetes care tasks even among teens that often care for their diabetes very well.
Review the carbon copy documentation of blood glucoses each evening. Monitor closely for blood
glucose trends and ketones.
If your child uses an insulin pump device, please assure that…
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Batteries are good and/or charged.
Time and date are correct.
Settings are correct and insulin pump is functioning appropriately.
Insulin pump sites are being closely monitored and changed regularly throughout the entire
week. Commonly, pump sites need to be changed every 1 to 2 days during camp, sometimes
more often.
5. Every effort is made to protect your child’s insulin pump, pump site, and/or PDA at camp. We
provide a Ziploc bag and cool location to store their insulin pump and/or PDA at the pool.
6. If your child’s pump site falls off at camp, we will replace it. Blood glucose will be checked
within 1-2 hours of pump site change. If ketones or persistent high blood glucose, insulin
injection will be given.
7. If pump malfunctions or stops working, insulin injection will be given.
If your child uses a continuous glucose meter sensing (CGMS) device,
1. Finger stick blood glucose checks will be performed at check-in, lunch, boarding bus to go home,
anytime signs/symptoms of blood glucose concerns and if calibration is requested, regardless of
what the sensor is reading.
2. Please assure that your child’s CGMS has sufficient battery life, correct time and date, and the
alarms are audible while at camp.
3. Every effort is made to protect your child’s sensor, transmitter, and receiver. It is ultimately
your child’s responsibility to assure these are protected. We provide a Ziploc bag and cool
location to store their receiver at the pool.
4. If your child’s sensor/transmitter falls off at camp, we will place it in a Ziploc bag and return
home with your child. We are not able to replace sensors at camp. If this occurs, your child will
have finger stick blood glucose checks performed for the remainder of the day (as per above).
Miscellaneous Information
Parents at Camp
Parents are welcome at Camp Bluebonnet. If you stay with your child's group during any part of the
camp day, your help with the following is greatly appreciated:
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Please encourage your child to stay with his or her group rather than separate to be with you.
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If you must take your child from the group at any time and for any reason, including to the
Infirmary or to the restroom, please inform the Group Leader that your child is leaving with you
and when your child is expected to return.
Please encourage your child to listen to and communicate with the Group Leader. Your child
might tend to focus on you if you are present. Please help your child be a part of his or her
group as much as possible.
If you wish for certain medical action to take place, please speak directly with the Medical Staff
Volunteers assigned to your child’s group. Medical Staff Volunteers need to be aware of and
document any medical treatment and blood glucose testing that takes place during the camp
day.
If you have registered to volunteer, please see the Volunteer Coordinator for your assignment and to
pick up your camp t-shirt.
If you would like to volunteer at camp, please fill out a volunteer application and turn it in to the
Volunteer Coordinator. We will process it and run a background check before we schedule you to
volunteer. You will be given a camp t-shirt based on your volunteer job.
What the Shirt Colors Mean
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Yellow: Bluebonnet Buds - Pre-K and Kindergarten (Friday Only)
Green: First Grade Campers and their Group Leaders
Blue: Second Grade Campers and their Group Leaders
Orange: Third Grade Campers and their Group Leaders
Purple: Fourth Grade Campers and their Group Leaders
Maroon: Fifth Grade Campers and their Group Leaders
Gold: Sixth Grade Campers and their Group Leaders
Burnt Orange: Seventh Grade Campers and their Group Leaders
Grey: Eighth Grade Campers and their Group Leaders
Teal: Counselors in Training or CITs
Red: Medical Staff
Blue: All other volunteers who are not Group Leaders or med staff
Adult Discussion Sessions at Camp
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Monday - Thursday: Time/Location TBD
Possible Camp Activities
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Arcade games
Arts And Crafts
Camp Cup Games
Challenge Course
Dig for Dinosaur
Bones
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Foam Machine
High Rope Course
Inspirational
Speakers
Live Clue
Medical and
Nutritional Education
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Moonwalk
Nature Walks/Talks
Painting Rocks
Putt-putt
Scavenger Hunt
Sign T-shirts
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Singing
Stories
Swimming
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Theater Time
Water Slide
Golf Carts
Children's Diabetes Camp of Central Texas rents several golf carts to be used by Camp Bluebonnet
Committee Volunteers to assist in the running of Camp Bluebonnet. The main purpose of these carts is
to have them available to transport campers to and from the Infirmary when necessary. We also use
them to transport the youngest campers and to and from some activities.
Campers being transported, volunteers, and CITs assigned to the traveling group should be allowed all
available seats on the golf carts. Parents may be offered a seat if space is available. Getting the campers
and volunteers to activities is our priority.
Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children has golf carts assigned for use by their staff. These carts are not
available for use by Camp Bluebonnet campers, volunteers, or parents under any circumstances.
Detailed Bus Information
Camp Bluebonnet will be providing transportation to and from the Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for
Children. These buses are air conditioned and have a restroom on board. The buses are each staffed by
one volunteer Bus Liaison and at least one Medical Staff volunteer.
Note: Bus space is limited and a ride to camp is not guaranteed. Please do not leave the bus stop until
the bus has departed for camp. If the bus fills up and campers still need to get on, the bus will be
unloaded and will reload in this order:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Bus Liaison
Medical Staff Volunteers assigned to the bus
Campers
Medical Staff and Group Leaders
Other registered volunteers
Parents and care givers.
Bus locations
Bowie High School - 4103 West Slaughter Lane.
Dell Children's Medical Center – 4900 Mueller Blvd. Please park in the far northeast corner of the
visitor lot near the cross streets of Barbara Jordan Blvd. and Mueller Blvd.
Westwood High School – 12400 Mellow Meadow Dr. Please park as close to Lake Creek Pkwy as
possible. Enter the lot from Lake Creek.
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Bus Departure and Arrival Times
The following chart lists the times the bus when leave for camp and arrive back to Austin.
Bus Information Summary
Your child will need to check in the Bus Liaison before boarding.
Important: The buses will leave on time in order to arrive at camp on time. Camp activities are delayed
if the bus is late. If the bus is gone you have the option of driving your child to Peaceable Kingdom
Retreat for Children. Your child can then ride the bus home, if there is room.
We try to send out a group email when the buses leave camp each day. We also post on Facebook and
Twitter when the buses leave. On occasion, the buses can be delayed.
Please be on time to pick up your camper from the bus stop. Our volunteers will be ready go home,
wash their clothes, shower, and get ready to do it all again the next day. We will call the emergency
number you provide us if the bus arrives and no one has arrived to pick up your child.
Safety Rules for Campers Riding the Bus
Note: The bus company does not allow three to a seat. They will allow children to sit on a parent's lap
at the discretion of the bus driver if the child is small enough to do so (approximate age: 4 or younger).
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If the bus is full, anyone else wishing to attend camp will need to find other transportation.
There will be orderly loading and unloading of the bus.
All campers will obey the bus driver and volunteers riding the bus.
All campers will remain seated while the bus is in motion.
Personal items brought on the bus are the sole responsibility of the camper/parent who brought
the items.
Bus Liaisons and other camp volunteers cannot be responsible for your child’s belongings.
Driving Directions to PKRC
Address
19051 FM 2484
Killeen, TX 76542-5068
Office Phone Number: 254-554-5555
From Austin
Take I-35 North to the 195 Florence exit (Just past Georgetown and 30 minutes from downtown Austin
with no traffic).
Follow 195 and exit 2484. (It’s well past Florence and about 30 minutes driving time). Warning: Do not
exceed the speed limit!
The camp entrance is on the right about 3.5 miles from the 195/2484 intersection. There will be a sign
on the fence that says Camp Bluebonnet Parking. There are three entrances to PKRC. Only go to the
one with the Camp Bluebonnet Parking sign. If you mistakenly turn in another, please go back to the
correct entrance.
Note: If you go through the village of Youngsport and reach the Lampasas River on 2484, you have gone
too far. Turn around and look for the PKRC entrance with the Camp Bluebonnet Parking sign.
From Cedar Park/Leander
Take 183 North to 138 and turn right.
Go a few miles to 195 and turn left.
Continue north and exit 2484.
The camp entrance is on the right about 3.5 miles from the 195/2484 intersection. There will be a sign
on the fence that says Camp Bluebonnet Parking. There are three entrances to PKRC. Only go to the
one with the Camp Bluebonnet Parking sign. If you mistakenly turn in another, please go back to the
correct entrance.
Note: If you go through the village of Youngsport and reach the Lampasas River on 2484, you have gone
too far. Turn around and look for the PKRC entrance with the Camp Bluebonnet Parking sign.
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From Temple
Go south on 1-35 to Stillhouse Hollow Lake Road (Exit 286).
Turn right at intersection. FR 1670 will change to FR 2484 (1.6 miles).
Follow FR 2484. Approximately 14-15 miles from exit 286, you should cross the Lampasas River and go
through the small village of Youngsport.
Peaceable Kingdom Retreat is on your left. There will be a sign on the fence that says Camp Bluebonnet
Parking. There are three entrances to PKRC. Only go to the one with the Camp Bluebonnet Parking sign.
If you mistakenly turn in another, please go back to the correct entrance.
Note: If you get to 2484, you have gone too far. Turn around and look for the PKRC entrance with the
Camp Bluebonnet Parking sign.
From Killeen
Take 195 south to 2484 (about 10 miles) and turn left.
The camp entrance is on the right about 3.5 miles from the 195/2484 intersection. There will be a sign
on the fence that says Camp Bluebonnet Parking. There are three entrances to PKRC. Only go to the
one with the Camp Bluebonnet Parking sign. If you mistakenly turn in another, please go back to the
correct entrance.
Note: If you go through the village of Youngsport and reach the Lampasas River on 2484, you have gone
too far. Turn around and look for the PKRC entrance with the Camp Bluebonnet Parking sign.
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Map of the General Area Around PKRC
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Forms:
Group Leader Information Sheet
Camper Name: __________________________
Grade in Fall: ____________
Please check the correct answer:
Child will be brought to camp by:
Adult (NOT staying for Camp)
Adult (staying for Camp)
Sibling
On Bus: _______________
Child will be picked up by:
Adult (NOT staying for Camp)
Adult (staying for Camp)
Sibling
On Bus: _____________
Designated adults to pick up your child:
Name:
TX DL #:
Please describe the container your child’s swimsuit and towel will be in:
How can we best encourage your child to participate in Camp activities?
Is there anything about your child the Group Leader/adult volunteers should know?
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Bus Transportation Waiver
I hereby request bus transportation for the following persons (please print):
___________________________
___________________________
___________________________
___________________________
I hereby agree to hold harmless the Children’s Diabetes Camp of Central Texas, Camp Bluebonnet and
Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, its volunteers and/or employees from any and all liability of
whatsoever nature and injuries, sickness or other damages suffered by any of the above named persons,
during his or her transportation to Camp Bluebonnet and by any act of omission of said organization, its
volunteers, and/or employees indemnify them from any claims that may arise or be related to the
transportation of any of the above named persons to Camp Bluebonnet, including but not limited to all
claims for compensation, bodily injuries, and property damages whether arising out of alleged
negligence of the Children’s Diabetes Camp of Central Texas, Camp Bluebonnet and Peaceable Kingdom
or its volunteers.
I authorize emergency medical treatment in the event of an accident. I/We understand that every
reasonable effort to notify us will be taken upon learning of an accident and/or prior to rendering
emergency treatment. In addition, I authorize the Children’s Diabetes Camp of Central Texas to release
medical information that may be helpful for treatment.
Print Full Name of Legal Parent or Guardian: _____________________________________
Signature of Parent or Legal Guardian: __________________________________________
Emergency Telephone number: ________________________________________________
Date: _____________
Bus Pick-Up/Drop-Off Location:
Bowie High School
(Circle One)
Dell Children’s Medical Center
Westwood High School
Additional copies are available at Parent Orientation, at check in, or from the Bus Liaison.
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Camp Bluebonnet Daily Log-SAMPLE-Do Not Use
Parents: Each day before camp, fill out the top section (the bold items) to include breakfast glucose, carbs eaten,
and insulin dose, and send this form with your child to camp. The group med staff will fill out the bottom section
and give one copy to your child to bring home.
Name: _____________________________________
Allergies:_________________________
Group grade level: _____________
Day of week:
Insulin:
□ Novolog □ Humalog □ Apidra
Pump?
Celiac?
□M □T □W □T □F
□ Yes □ No
□ Yes □ No
Insulin /Carb ratio:
Mid AM Snack:
___ units/___ grams
Lunch:
___ units/___ grams Other Insulin (if applicable): _______________
Afternoon Snack:
___ units/___ grams
Correction Factor for high at lunch: ___ units for ___ mg/dl > ______mg/dl
Time
BG
Ketones
Carbs
Eaten
Insulin
for food
Breakfast:
Check-in:
Snack:
Lunch:
Snack:
Check out:
Time:
Time:
Time:
Additional Information:
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Correction
for highs
Comments
Frequently Asked Questions
When is Camp Bluebonnet? June 16-20, 2014. Monday-Thursday; 8:30-3:30, Friday; 8:30-12:30.
Where is Camp Bluebonnet? Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children; Killeen, Texas.
Who can go? Kids who have diabetes and their siblings can register to attend Camp Bluebonnet. Kids
must be between 4 and 17 years old. Kids who have graduated High School and are 18 or over are
welcome to volunteer at camp.
When is CIT Weekend? May 30-June 1, 2014.
What is CIT Weekend? This is a weekend retreat for our registered CITs. It is 2 nights and is also held at
PKRC. Transportation is NOT provided.
What’s a CIT? These are Counselors in Training. They are kids who are going into 9-12th grade. For half
the day they help out with the younger kids and half the day they do activities with the other CITs. They
receive volunteer credit for coming to camp.
How can my kids get to camp? We have buses leaving from two locations in Austin and one in Round
Rock. Updated information about the buses can be found on our website. You can also bring your kids
to camp every day. Driving directions can also be found on the website. Parents are welcome to stay at
camp. We have guest speakers every day for parents. Parents are also welcome to volunteer.
How do apply? Our camper application can be found on our website beginning February 1. Please
complete the application in its entirety for each child attending and either mail to our PO Box or scan it
and email it to us. Only completed applications will ensure your child a spot at camp. Please be sure
to sign in all places indicated.
Can my other children attend? Yes, limited space for siblings is available. You must complete the same
application for all your children. Once we reach 175 campers, we only admit campers who have
diabetes.
Can my child’s cousin or friends attend? Sorry, no. Our space is limited, so we can only admit campers
who have diabetes and their siblings.
Will my kids be together at camp? We group campers based on the grade they are going into in the fall
of the next year. If your kids will be going into the same grade, they will be together. If not, they will be
placed in different groups.
How much does camp cost? Kids with diabetes pay $75, siblings pay $100.
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Wow, that seems low. How do you do that? We receive several grants each year to help fund camp.
The majority of our medical supplies are donated by the vendors who come to camp on Friday. We also
have a silent auction on Friday that helps us raise money, and we depend on private donations as well.
Even $75 is steep for my family. How can my child attend? We have a limited number of camper
scholarships available for kids who have diabetes. If you would like your child to be considered, please
have your child’s medical provider add a note to your medical application stating your family’s need.
Who runs Camp Bluebonnet? We have an all-volunteer planning committee. They meet monthly from
January-June to create the camp program and plan for camp. They also spend the week of camp onsite. All of these people have kids with diabetes or are medical providers dealing with diabetes every
day. Most also work full time, and have other volunteer obligations. We also have an all-volunteer
foundation, Children’s Diabetes Camp of Central Texas that meets 1-2 times each year. CDCoCT
fundraises for camp and takes care of camp administration.
Who will be caring for my child at camp? We have at least 2 volunteer Group Leaders with every age
group at camp. Many of these volunteers are granted to us by the Junior League of Austin. We also
have at least 2 Medical Staff Volunteers who supervise diabetes management. Additionally, some
groups are assigned other parent volunteers and CITs.
What do my kids need to bring to camp? Kids need a lunch Monday-Thursday. It should be in a gallon
sized Ziploc bag, labeled your child’s name and t-shirt color. List the food s in the lunch and the carb
count of each item. Campers need a swimsuit, towel, water shoes, and a backpack or bag that will zip
closed. Closed-toed shoes must be worn around camp. Water activities are the only exception. Our
current year’s camp shirt must be worn by all campers and all volunteers each day.
What about snacks? We provide two snacks each day. The morning snack is about 15-30 carbs. The
afternoon snack is a very low or no carb snack. The campers get a sugar free popsicle at the end of the
day. Med Staff Volunteers have juice and snacks to treat lows as needed. We have gluten free snacks
for campers who have documented on the medical application that they have Celiac disease.
Do my kids need to bring their diabetes supplies? No. We provide all the testing supplies, snacks,
sugar tablets, etc. We will even have these on the buses. If your child uses injections, we have insulin
and syringes. If your child uses a pump, we ask that you fill the pump and change the infusion site
before camp and as needed at home. If a site comes out or the pump runs out of insulin, we can take
replace the site and fill a new cartridge. We will have some Omnipods. If we don’t have what your child
uses or something that will work, we will let you know. Please leave all PDMs at home unless a bolus
cannot be given any other way. If your child must uses a PDM-please label it with his or her name.
CGMs can be used at camp, but we cannot replace a CGM sensor if it comes out. Please label CGM
receivers with your child’s name. (See the document entitled Camp Bluebonnet Medical Protocol for
detailed information). You will need supplies for the car ride to camp and the ride home.
What will my kids do at camp? We have lots of activates at camp. We have swimming, arts and crafts,
medical education, high ropes and challenge course, putt-putt golf, and lots more. Friday is Family Day.
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We encourage parents and caregivers to attend. We provide lunch. Also, we have a carnival for the kids
and vendors who have supported camp come on Friday to tell people about their products and give
away samples.
How can I volunteer? Our volunteer application can be found online beginning February 1. Complete it
and send it in to the camp PO BOX or scan it and send it via email to [email protected]
Can I just come to camp with my kids? Sure. We would love to have you. Camp is a great place to meet
other parents who are doing what you do. Also, we have scheduled parent information session
scheduled each day. We try to schedule interesting speakers who can help you with the daily challenges
that we all face every day. Keep checking our website for updates about this summer’s speakers.
How can I support Camp Bluebonnet? You can volunteer your time or you can make a tax deductible
donation to Children’s Diabetes Camp of Central Texas. We can use all the support we can get.
What if I have more questions? For a more detailed Parent Information Document see
http://www.childrensdiabetescamp.org/ or you can email questions to [email protected]
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Camp Bluebonnet Song
(Sung to the Tune of “My Darling Clementine”)
Camp Bluebonnet, Camp Bluebonnet
In the hot, summer sun
We are playing, we are working,
We are having lots of fun.
Basal, bolus, glucose tablets
Finger pricks and ketone strips,
Everyone knows of highs and lows
And our goal is good control.
Carbohydrates, carbohydrates,
Carbohydrates are the key,
To preventing low blood sugars
Carbohydrates are what you need.
15 grams of carbohydrates
Read your labels, carefully
If you don’t treat your lows
You’ll spend camp in the infirmary!
We spend a week here, make good friends here,
Have great fun with CITs,
At Camp Bluebonnet, we laugh and learn,
All my friends – just like me.
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Camp Planning Committee- 2015
Camp Director: Amy Reuter
Assistant Director: Kent Radney
Medical Director: Dr. Matt Stephen
Assistants to the Medical Director: Claire Keeler, Jackie Raleigh, Pam Dixon
Activities Director: Julie Andersen
Assistant Activities Director: Cassie Moffitt
Volunteer Coordinator: Shelley Hause
Arts and Crafts Director: Casey McMillan
Assistant Arts and Crafts Director: Taresa Moosman
Nutrition Director: Kelly Weis
Assistant Nutrition Director: Teresa Werner
Secretary: Suzanne Schneider
CIT Coordinators: Connie Horan and Jenny Greinert
Photography and Social Media: Nicole Muirhead
Foundation Representatives: Amy Wallquist, Nicole Muirhead, Teresa Werner
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