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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Camp
  • Various Recreational Activities
Participants Served
  • Age range of participants: 7 to 15

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program : The maximum cost for in-state campers is $225.00. The maximum cost for out-of-state campers is $400.00. We also give scholarships to many campers based on need. Many campers also had their tuition funded by sponsors within their community.

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


The mission of the Diabetes Camp of West Virginia, Inc. is to serve as a non-profit organization with the goal of providing Camp Kno-Koma, a summer camping experience for children with diabetes in and around the state of WV. Camp Kno-Koma believes that there are 3 basic principles to a great camp experience: Adventure, Education and Friendship. Camp Kno-Koma has remained steadfast in these principles for over 50 years.

The physicians, nurses, dieticians, and other medical support staff and counselors will let mom and dad rest easier and have peace of mind during their child�s camping adventure. These health professionals realize the need for close medical supervision and they make it their #1 priority, so the camper can make having fun their #1 priority.

Camp Kno-Koma will be held at Camp Virgil Tate (a nice, quiet rural setting only 15 miles from Charleston, WV) for diabetic children ages 7 through 15. From dawn's first light, and while the dew still glistens on the rhododendron, the campers will find themselves actively involved and delighted by the numerous activities that await.

The camp setting is an ideal place for teaching diabetes self-management skills. Examples of educational topics taught at camp include:

  • Insulin injection techniques
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Recognition and management of hypo/hyperglycemia and ketosis
  • Insulin dosage adjustment based on nutrition and activity schedules
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Diabetes complications
  • The importance of diabetes control
  • New therapies; and
  • Problem-solving skills for caring for diabetes at home versus camp.

Camp costs approximately $550 per camper; we are able to offer subsidized rates for camp due to the many donors that support our program.