The Barton Center for Diabetes Education Inc., is a non profit organization whose mission is: To improve the lives of children with insulin-dependent diabetes through education, recreation, and support programs which inspire and empower.
For over 80 years, The Barton Center has provided a summer-long residential camp program for children with insulin-dependent diabetes. Over the past several years The Barton Center has expanded its services to include a second residential camp, Camp Joslin in Charlton, MA, teen adventure programs, family camp, day camps in NY, CT and MA, and a wide array of year-round educational and recreational programs for children, families, and extended-family caregivers. All Barton programs promote proper diabetes management and health enhancement strategies in a safe environment.
The Ropes Challenge Course is a big part of the program that helps children manage their Type 1 Diabetes by understanding a challenge, recognizing the resources available and learning how to conquer the quest of the ropes and the challenge of managing this debilitating disease. The Ropes Challenge Course is in need of repairs, new equipment, and new rope in order to open for the 2014 season. Our high-ropes individual challenge course and low group dynamics course do not meet current inspection standards so are no longer usable, much to the disappointment of many campers. These two courses allow us to use cutting edge techniques in building group cohesiveness and create opportunities for our clients to experience high-end personal growth.
Children with insulin-dependent diabetes are often isolated and singled-out because of this chronic disease. The children we serve are often the only child, or one of just a few children, in their schools and local communities who have diabetes. They often don’t know any other children with Type 1 diabetes. We hear frequent stories of children who are teased, left out of pick-up games and recess activities, not allowed to participate in organized sports, left at school when their class goes on a trip, and singled out by uninformed teachers, coaches and sometimes even nurses.