Matthew had only been diagnosed with T1 for about a month when camp came about. He could think of a hundred reasons not to go - being new, feeling awkward and just feeling different. The diabetes camp in Missouri is like many in other states - they find a location - sometimes its an existing YMCA camp, or nice church retreat etc but usually one with a lake if possible, swimming pool and all the other fun things you can do at a camp. They take it over for a week in the summer and that is the diabetes camp. Many times it is in the same place year after year.
What I remember about the camp Matthew went to was how welcoming it felt. They did a day when you could meet the staff etc prior to actual camp. We showed up and there were about 20 kids playing kick ball and other games with the staff. That was the first time we saw kids with pumps.
We left Matthew with those kids and went inside where we spent about 1/2 hour listening to the endo talk, etc. Then we took a tour of the facility - by that time Matthew had already found a buddy - a camper who was going for their 3rd year.
When we drop him off for the regular camp (about a month later ) he recognized about 6 kids he know from the orientation session I just mentioned. We did the check in and he headed out to his room. We said good bye and we felt so comfortable to have a place where he could go and where we could feel at ease.
Kids are pretty durable - if the staff knows someone is unusually shy they work hard to make sure they feel welcome and just hold their hands until they are comfortable. When Matthew went away to scout camp after diagnosis (in the woods) my wife stayed in a nearby hotel. After the first day she felt comfortable enough to leave him for the week.
Well, spring and summer are a long way away so you have time to read up and decide. It is nice to have that as an option just to break up the year for both of you.