Riding on Insulin: Ski and Snowboard Camps for Kids With Diabetes

With the winter season nearly upon us, many people are getting ready to hit the slopes. If you have a child with Type 1 diabetes who loves to ski or snowboard, you may be interested in learning more about various Riding on Insulin camps taking place across the United States and Canada in the coming months.

Riding on Insulin was founded by professional backcountry snowboarder Sean Busby, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while training for the 2010 Olympics. Inspired by stories from JDRF’s Children’s Congress, he founded the nonprofit organization, which hosts ski and snowboard camps around the world for children ages 7 to 17 who are living with Type 1, as well as their siblings.

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The camps are open to children of all ability levels and help them learn how to manage their blood sugar while trying a new sport that deals with various altitude, humidity, and climate conditions. Groups are divided based on ability level, with novice participants primarily spending the day on the beginner slopes learning the basics while more advanced groups explore the mountain.

For more information about the camps, including answers to frequently asked questions, a sample camp schedule, and a list of upcoming events, see the Riding on Insulin website.

This blog entry was written by Senior Digital Editor Diane Fennell.