Camp Holiday Trails Gives Hope

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

Eleven-year-old Hillary Scott is like many young kids; she enjoys spending time with her family and taking on new adventures; the only difference is she has diabetes.

"Sometimes it’s hard to explain to other people who don't understand, but I've had diabetes for a long time, so I'm use to the routine and everything."

Surprisingly, her routine is one that many her age deal with. Camp Holiday Trails is a place for children living with chronic illnesses and their families to socialize with others dealing with similar health conditions.

"We really try to celebrate their skills as kids and not necessary celebrate the illness," says Tina LaRoche, the Camp's Executive Director. "Although we do a lot to help them manage their illness while their with us."

Camp Holiday Trails has been called one of Charlotteville's best kept secrets that even those dealing with illness can enjoy. The camp has been in existence for more than 30 years. It was started by local physicians who wanted to provide children with special medical needs, a place to forget their worries.

"It seemed reasonable to have a residential camp for children with many different health problems who could be managed by physicians and nurses while they were away from home," says Camp Founder Robert Selden.

"I think it's important that they get to experience life just like everyone else," says Kimberly Scott, Hillary's mother. "If that means that we have to have doctors and nurses and other staff members like that at the camps, I think it's definitely worth it."

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