On Wednesday I took delivery of 56 wooden signs, destined for Camp Huronda near Huntsville, Ontario. Since they had to be there before the camp closed on Saturday, what better way to deliver them on a beautiful summer day than by motorcycle?
Thursday morning we had all of the signs and an over-night bag snugly packed into our little cargo trailer that was hitched to our Suzuki Boulevard, and were heading north out of town. This was the first time that we’d pulled a trailer behind this bike, only an 800 cc, but it was incredibly easy going. We made it to Minden in time for lunch and a much needed stretch. By 2:00 we had found the camp, deep in the forest on Waseosa Lake Road.
I knew before we left that Camp Huronda is a camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes, but we learned a whole lot more from Amanda when she greeted us and helped unload the boxes.
Camp Huronda is a 125 acre camp sponsored entirely by the Canadian Diabetic Association, private donations and geared-to-income fees paid by young campers who spend two weeks during the summer enjoying biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, crafts and, more importantly, making friends with other children who understand the hardships of living with diabetes.
“We always have a highly qualified endocrinologist at camp and the health and blood sugars of every child is closely monitored. Usually insulin dosages can be cut by 20% while children are at camp because of the increased activities and healthy diet,” Amanda told us.
Children are also taught how to manage their illness and how to administer their own insulin, sometimes for the first time.
I was impressed.Unlike previous generations of children suffering from this cruel disease, who were misunderstood and often taunted by their peers, these kids will have a much better chance of not only survival, but living happy, fulfilling lives.
Providing free delivery of 56 new signs for their camp was the least we could do to help.
We spent the rest of the day exploring the picturesque town of Huntsville and the evening resting up for another enjoyable ride on the twisty roads leading back home.
We stayed at Huntsville Inn, an older but newly renovated motel on Main Street. The rooms are small, but clean and bright and contain all the amenities needed for a short-term stay.
Yes, Christine, I’m sure the families do love it. I wish that I could, like you, go prepared as a journalist all of the time, but I was more concentrated on getting those signs delivered as there had been a lot of problems getting everything in order. Once I got there and Amanda started talking about the camp, I wished I had paper and pen, or recorder with me and that I had thought to ask ahead about possibly talking to some of the campers. I’m sure I could find a market for that story. Sigh.
This camp is likely not only loved by the kids who go there, but also by their families. It’s great that you got to see it first hand. The rest of the trip sounds like it was fun, and a bit of relaxation too.