Camp Charm City

Camp Charm City diabetes camp is a collaboration between The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This program is intended for campers ages 5–12 years, and for counselors in training (CITs) ages 16 and 17.

Established in 2019, Camp Charm City was designed to provide an accessible and affordable diabetes day camp for the Greater Baltimore community. It is the only day camp in the area dedicated to children and teens living with diabetes. Camp Charm City provides a fun, safe and supportive camp environment where kids learn to thrive while managing their diabetes, and meet and share experiences with other children who have diabetes. Scholarships are available from the ADA.

Who runs Camp Charm City?

Camp Charm City is run by an experienced diabetes care team, including doctors, nurses, dietitians and psychologists from several medical institutions in Baltimore. It is under the supervision of licensed medical directors and an ADA camp director. Our team is trained in medical management, camp programming, diabetes care, child advocacy and general safety. Transportation resources are available through Johns Hopkins.

Why should you consider Camp Charm City?

Many parents of children with diabetes are reluctant to send their children to camp due to a lack of medical care and training for their unique needs. At Camp Charm City, we are committed to allowing campers to participate in traditional camp activities, including swimming, outdoor living skills, arts and crafts, nature exploration and more. Often, we also have special guests with diabetes come to visit. Our camp allows children to embrace new challenges and learn how to be independent as they connect with other children with diabetes.

Our Team

Nursing Director

Kimberlee Abel, R.N., C.D.C.E.S.

Nutrition Director

Meredith Thivierge, R.D., C.D.C.E.S.

Mark Andrews Visits Camp Charm City

Tight end Mark Andrews was in town for training camp in the Baltimore Ravens, but he took the time to come to Camp Charm City to spend time with kids like him, living with Type 1 diabetes.

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Past Camp Charm City Experiences

campers and councilors at camp charm city
Camp Charm City medical staff
Camp Charm City campers coloring
children doing line dancing
children playing at camp charm city
camp charm city campers making a diabetic friendly snack
kids playing with hula hoops and dodgeball
children standing in a circle
children swimming at camp charm city
kids playing dodge ball at camp charm city
  • Camp Charm City campers 2023

  • Camp Charm City medical staff

  • Campers coloring with their counselors 

  • Children doing line dancing

  • Children having fun during camp

  • Children making a diabetes-friendly snack

  • Children playing with hula hoops and balls.

  • Campers standing on a circle

  • Children swimming

  • Children playing dodgeball

Learn more about American Diabetes Association camps. 

Camp Charm City is an American Diabetes Association camp. ADA camps are designed for kids with diabetes to just be kids.

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Your donations make Camp Charm City possible. Donate today to help fund camp programming, resources, the nutrition program and financial aid to allow more families to attend.