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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Archery
  • Boating
  • Camp
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Fitness
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Ropes Course
  • Various Recreational Activities
  • Various Sports
Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: The Medical Staff for Camp Carolina Trails comes largely from area universities and medical facilities and helps to ensure that camp is safe as well as fun. An important part of Camp Carolina Trails is the education the campers receive. We teach them more about diabetes, its management and self-discipline with respect to diabetes and to life in general. Camp activities and diet are carefully coordinated with the special needs of our campers in mind. Dietitians supervise the total meal program and stress to the campers the importance of a well-balanced diet and its value to good control of their diabetes. Each camper's physician and parent will receive a detailed report of the camp's progress and medical follow-up information. The camp counselors and the teaching staff are supervised by a certified Camp Director. The staff members are competent and skilled in the areas they instruct. Counselors are also well trained to meet the needs of the campers during the daily activities.

Participants Served
  • Age range of participants: 4th Grade to 11th Grade

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program : Camp Carolina Trails is a non-profit program of the American Diabetes Association and is supported by Camper Fees, individual, corporate, civic and foundation gifts.
    The fee for the one-week session is $600. Partial Camperships are available.
    The amount of campership is determined by the family's ability to pay.

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


A Week of Fun and Friendship:
Camp Carolina Trails is an exciting week of summer fun for boys and girls entering grades 4-11. The camp is unique because it is designed specifically for youth with diabetes.

Camp Carolina Trails is sponsored each summer by the American Diabetes Association, Central North Carolina and is held at Camp Hanes. Nestled on a quiet hillside in the heart of the Sauertown Mountains, Camp Hanes is a perfect setting for a week of adventure, education, and friendship.

The camp currently houses 132 youth with sleeping quarters assigned by age groups. Campers are housed in well-maintained cabins with adult chaperones. All camp activities are supervised by experienced personnel including a complete medical and dietary staff, as well as camp counselors.

Camper Activities:
  • Explorer Campers - entering grades 4-5:
    • arts and crafts
    • scavenger hunts
    • learning about plants, animals, rocks, and creeks and their place in the environment
    • boating
    • swimming
    • hiking
    • games and sports
  • Discovery Campers - entering grades 6-8. The kids in this program are involved in:
    • Activities to challenge
    • Safe use of bows
    • Painting, tie-dyeing, crafts
    • Swimming Exploring nature, camping out
    • Exercise/sports.
  • Voyager Campers - entering grades 9-10. This program helps the teenagers learn about leadership and community and test their skills on:
    • High and low ropes
    • The wall and trust fall
    • Hiking, rock climbing
    • Obstacle courses
    • Primitive camping
    • Swimming
    • Canoeing and kayaking
    • Arts and crafts.
  • Navigator Campers - entering 11th grade - accepting only 8 male campers and 8 female campers. This program offers a wilderness adventure based experience that stresses the practical use of leadership, communication and team-building skills. Campers will live away from the main campus in tents and prepare some of their own food. Participants will plan and implement activities for the Explorer campers through our camp version of a mentoring program. There will be plenty of fun while utilizing the many challenging activities that the Camp Hanes facility has to offer. Also, a special overnight adventure promises to make this program unique. The Navigator program is designed as a natural progression for teens reaching an age of increasing independence.

    All campers attend the evening activities that include a Camp Carnival, Talent Show, Art Opening, Dance, Surprise Game, Campfires, Taps Talks, Field Sports and Groups Games.