Endocrinology - Patient Education and Resources

Endocrinology - Patient Education and Resources

Find information about diabetes support groups and camps offered by Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Diabetes Support Group

Penn State Children’s Hospital offers a Diabetes Support Group for Teens.

Meetings are held from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. in room PG154, on the ground floor of Penn State Children’s Hospital.

To learn more or register, contact Lydia Hibshman at 717-531-0003, ext. 284220.

Diabetes Camp

  • Camp Discovery - the purpose of this camp is to educate youth with diabetes while allowing them to enjoy a traditional summer camp experience. Camp Discovery accommodates children grades 4 through 12 (11 and 12 as counselors-in-training) with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The camp is fully staffed by health professionals, including doctors, nurses and dietitians, who volunteer their time. While at camp, children learn new ways to manage their diabetes through nutrition, physical activity and proper self-care. Additionally, our camp encourages children to be cognizant of carbohydrates and calorie intake at each meal. Youth also get to experience summer camp in an environment designed to meet their special needs.
  • Camp Freedom - the purpose of our camp is to provide a safe environment for children with diabetes to participate in traditional camping fun while meeting other kids like them and learn new ways to manage their diabetes. Our staff includes physicians, nurses, registered dietitians and counselors. Additionally, we are a resident camp program for boys and girls ages 7 to 16. In 2015, 70% of our campers were past campers! In addition, about 80% of our counselors were return counselors or past campers. Camp Freedom is held at Camp Kweebec, which has been accredited by the American Camp Association for more than 40 years and located in Montgomery County, PA. Camp Freedom offers a wide range of activities, including swimming, sports, horseback riding, zip lining, arts and crafts, cooking, campfire activities and more!

My Penn State Hershey Health

Penn State Children’s Hospital offers patients the ability to connect with their doctor online by using a secure website called My Penn State Hershey Health. This online tool allows you to:

  • Manage upcoming appointments
  • Check test and lab results
  • Communicate with your doctor through secure messaging
  • View or print health related documents from home

You can sign up for our online patient portal during an appointment by providing an email address, and our staff will send you an invitation. Any child age 14 to 17 will need to be present and give their written consent for parents to view their health records, and patients over the age of 18 must manage their own account.

Contact us

Scheduling: 717-531-4751
Fax: 717-531-6139

Academic Office: 717-531-1481