For about a week, Griffin Kyes will get to be a normal child at summer camp. He’ll do all the traditional camp activities: running through the woods, swimming, watching skits and playing in the GaGa ball pit — his favorite.
Along the way, Kyes will also master how to control his Type 1 diabetes.
“I’ve learned that you need to control your diabetes or else your body could get really harmed,” said the soon-to-be fifth-grader at Pioneer Elementary School in Bismarck.
This will be Kyes third time at Camp Sioux, which is for children ages 8 to 15 who have diabetes. It’s the only camp like it in the state, located in Park River, just northwest of Grand Forks.
Camp Sioux is sponsored by various organizations, including several Lions Clubs, such as the one in Mandan. The American Diabetes Association runs the camp, according to Carol Holten, associate manager of community health strategies for the Midwest Division of the ADA.