The American Diabetes Association’s Camp Freedom 2017

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Camp Freedom
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A veteran of the United States Air Force, Daniel (“Dan”) Hohal now serves as a complex claims supervisor for an insurance company in Wilkes-Barre, PA. In addition to his professional activities, Daniel Hohal supports the American Diabetes Association (ADA), placing particular focus on its Camp Freedom event.

Available to children between the ages of 7 and 16, Camp Freedom is an annual event that takes place at Camp Kweebec in Pennsylvania. Accredited by the American Camp Association for over four decades, Camp Freedom offers participants the opportunity to get involved in numerous activities, such as horseback riding, cooking, zip lining, and swimming.

Camp Freedom’s purpose is to provide a safe place for children with diabetes to enjoy camping activities while meeting others with the condition. Its staff includes trained medical professionals and counselors who provide 24-hour medical supervision to campers.

The 2017 Camp Freedom takes place between June 17 and June 23 and costs $895 per camper. Financial aid is available for families unable to afford the fee.

Benefits of Camp Freedom and Other ADA Camps

American Diabetes Association
American Diabetes Association

 

Daniel “Dan” Hohal works as a claims supervisor for Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies in Wilkes-Barre, PA. In that capacity, he spends his time revising and assigning new cases to various units as well as conducting monthly file audits. Apart from his work, Daniel Hohal is also involved in charitable causes like Camp Freedom, a summer program for children who have diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association has camps for boys and girls of all ages. One example is Camp Freedom, a program for children ages 7 to 16 held annually at Camp Kweebec in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Attending Camp Freedom allows children to experience a variety of activities, which include horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, and many others. According to a study done by the ADA, attending these camps benefits children with diabetes in a number of ways.

For example, 10% of the attendees experienced an increase in self-confidence, allowing them to better manage their diabetes in a social setting. There was also a decrease in diabetes-related stresses such as anger (7%) and sadness (6%). Apart from that, those attending camp also showed an increase in knowledge of diabetes management as well as its application.