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Teaching children with Type 1 diabetes how to balance exercise, diet and insulin

Tennessee Camp for Diabetic Children (TCDC) is a summer camp for children 8 to 15 years old with Type 1 diabetes. Each camp session TCDC hosts up to 90 campers with Type 1 diabetes. Using games, hands-on assistance and videos, campers learn procedures and techniques for achieving daily glucose control balancing exercise, diet and insulin all while making friends and having fun participating in summer camp activities.


We are located on

Lake Chickamauga

in Soddy, Tennessee, northeast of Chattanooga


Loaded with fun

Classic camp activities



Fully qualified, helpful staff

TCDC is staffed by carefully selected, qualified and responsible counselors, most of whom have Type 1 diabetes. Each cabin holds 9 campers and two counselors and all activities are supervised by specialty counselors.


Learn about diabetes control while having fun

In a addition to our summer camp activities, we incorporate educational sessions into each day providing fun learning programs geared toward juvenile diabetes management.


Professional medical staff

The medical staff includes doctors, nurses, dietitians and medical students from the Chattanooga area, University of Tennessee, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Lincoln Memorial University.


Water safety and instruction

Certified lifeguards oversee all water sports and provide campers Beginner through Advanced swimming instruction.


In 1952 the Tennessee Diabetes Association asked Dr. Albert Easley of Chattanooga to form a camp for children with diabetes. The first camp session was held that year in Jasper, TN at a Girl Scout camp.

After two years a permanent location was found, the Double G Ranch. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Street purchased the land on Chickamauga Lake. The ranch was made available to camps for children with medical disabilities at no cost with support from the Gordon Street Foundation.

In 1954 the Tennessee Camp for Diabetic Children held its first session at the Double G Ranch.