This study examines some educational effects of a camp experience on independent performance of tasks in the management of diabetes mellitus. One hundred and eleven children were studied with regard to insulin administration, urine glucose testing, recognition of hypoglycemic reactions, adherence to diet, and over-all independence. There was a significant increase in independent measurement of insulin dose, administration of insulin injections, and urine glucose testing. No significant differences were seen in dietary adherence or ability to recognize hypoglycemic reactions. Precamp data indicated that returning campers demonstrated greater independence in insulin administration prior to camp than did new campers. After camp, both new and returning campers showed significant increases in independent performance of dose measurement and injection. It is concluded that a camp educational experience contributes to both the knowledge and performance of self-care techniques required in the management of diabetes mellitus.

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