What is Camp Midicha?
Camp Midicha is one of the largest and only all-volunteer residential summer camp programs for children with diabetes, serving 550+children annually. Camp Midicha has been helping kids with diabetes since 1955 and is located at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, Michigan. Each year, dozens of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians and other volunteers give their time and spend at least one week at camp teaching these children the skills they need to live healthy lives. In 2017, Camp Midicha started year-round programming, including a weekend Family camp and Young Adult camp (serving 18-25-year-olds).
“I have volunteered as a physician at Camp Midicha the past 12 years and it has changed my life. As an endocrinologist, I treat diabetes every day. At Camp Midicha, I see the impact of diabetes through the eyes of kids. I have seen the smile of a camper who self-administered an insulin injection for the first time. I have shared in the sense of satisfaction of a camper changing their insulin pump site without mom or dad’s help. Most importantly, I see the sheer joy of their going horseback riding, maneuvering through the high ropes course, or doing other activities they thought they couldn’t do because of their diabetes.” — A Camp Midicha Supervising Endocrinologist
Camp Midicha isn’t just another fun summer camp. Camp Midicha is a safe place where kids get to be kids (despite their diabetes). Campers find comfort being around hundreds of other children and many staff members that share their same daily struggles which helps them formally and informally learn life-changing skills that prepare them to manage their diabetes independently as they grow into young adults. For many parents, Camp Midicha provides one week of respite per year – getting a full night’s sleep and reconnecting with friends and loved ones without carrying the burden of managing their child’s diabetes. For many children, Camp Midicha is the highlight of their summer and a big part of their life. At Camp Midicha, campers develop a
support community that helps prepare them for the years ahead and reminds them they are not alone.
The home of the Association’s Camp Midicha is the YMCA’s Camp Copneconic. YMCA’s Camp Copneconic is accredited by the American Camp Association. Camp Copneconic partners with Camp Midicha to provide campsite, dining, accommodations, program and counselor staff. Camp Copneconic is located in Fenton, just south of Flint, Michigan. All our staff, from the directors and administrators to the counselors, specialists and support staff, work hard to make sure your child has fun in a safe environment. Our staff has training in diabetes management, emergency procedures and cabin supervision. Every counselor goes through extensive training by the YMCA, addressing team building, homesickness and behavior management.
Camp Midicha – Residential and Day Camps
AGES: 5 to 17 years
10407 N. Fenton Road
Fenton, Michigan 48430
248-433-3830 ext. 6706