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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Archery
  • Camp
  • Dance
  • Various Recreational Activities
Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: What makes Camp Independence special is its staff.
    Our JCC staff will be specially trained by S.I.U.H. and Sisters of Charity HealthCare Diabetes Nurse Educators using ADA guidelines in order to give the utmost care to our campers. A diabetes nurse educator will always be on the premises, and will accompany the campers on trips.

Participants Served
  • Age range of participants: 5 to 12

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program : $1,080 for membership, camp independence, ect. You can also chose the $260 per week fee in absence of the membership. Scholarships from the ADA or JCC are available.

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Camp Independence is a four week summer camp program for children with diabetes. The camp is situated on the lush Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds located in Staten Island's greenbelt.

Children experience a full day of recreational activities including daily swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music, boating, karate, cheerleading, pioneering, special event days and more. The program also includes weekly trips to places like Kearns Amusement Park and Fun Time America.

Besides the wonderful activities at the camp, your children will receive special training and information regarding diabetes. The campers will have a chance to share their diabetes concerns with staff, along with their fellow campers. Individual attention is a must at Camp Independence