I cannot picture my life with diabetes without camp.
NOTIFICATION TO CURRENT & FORMER CAMP JOSLIN CAMPERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
On September 13, 2012 Richard J. Keller was arraigned for receipt of child pornography. Dr. Keller was one of 11 doctors and nurse-practitioners who worked a seven-day resident camp session for a full week at Camp Joslin in Charlton this past summer. He resided in the doctor's cabin with his wife and child. Prior to this past summer, Dr. Keller attended Winter Camp in December 2010 and 2011 as a volunteer for a three-day period. This is the only involvement The Barton Center has had with Dr. Keller since our purchase of Camp Joslin in August 2010. It is the policy of The Barton Center that any staff member never be left alone with a camper. That policy was enforced during Dr. Keller’s stay at The Barton Center.
We are working in cooperation with the U.S. Attorney General’s Office and with the Joslin Diabetes Center, which has posted the following statement on its Web site:
"On September 13, 2012 Richard J. Keller was arraigned for receipt of child pornography. Dr. Keller had an association with Camp Joslin starting in the early 80’s after he completed his training as a pediatric endocrinologist. His association with the camp has continued off and on through this past summer; we have no information that any of the current charges are related to the camp or Keller’s association with it. Camp Joslin was owned and operated by the Joslin Diabetes Center until 2010 when it was purchased and is now operated by the Barton Center.
Dr. Keller’s worked both as a volunteer and a paid contributor at the camp; this position does not have any clinical appointment at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston."
Anyone with information pertinent to the charges against Dr. Keller are asked to contact the US Attorney’s office at 617-748-3274.
Barton Center for Diabetes Education Purchases Camp Joslin
Acquisition made possible by donation from
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
OXFORD, Mass., August 31, 2010 – The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc. and Joslin Diabetes Center announce today that The Barton Center has purchased Camp Joslin, a camp for boys and young men with type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes. The Barton Center, which operates the nearby Clara Barton Camp for girls and young women with type 1 diabetes, will undertake a capital campaign to pay for improvements to Camp Joslin. The majority of the funds for the purchase came through an unrestricted grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
“This is a unique opportunity to integrate our educational programs and bring value to both camps and the children they serve,” said David P. Kowal, Chairman of the Board of The Barton Center. “We will immediately begin raising funds to improve the infrastructure and educational programs at Camp Joslin and Clara Barton Camp.”
The Helmsley Charitable Trust, through its Type 1 Diabetes Program, provided an unrestricted grant in the amount of $1.5 million toward the purchase of Camp Joslin. In addition, the Helmsley Charitable Trust has provided The Barton Center with a $291,210 grant as part of its 2010 pilot grant initiative to provide camperships targeting low-income youth to attend its summer and day camps.
“The Helmsley Charitable Trust is deeply committed to providing funding for type 1 diabetes research, but we also never forget that there are people who need help living with this disease right now,” said Dana Ball, Program Director of the Helmsley Type 1 Diabetes Program. “Our visits to the Clara Barton Camp and Camp Joslin have made apparent the incredible experience these camps provide for children living with diabetes. We are happy to provide this grant to support these programs that so clearly improve the quality of life of those affected by type 1 diabetes.”
Camp Joslin is located in Charlton, MA. The camp’s programs include a summer resident camp serving approximately 400 boys with insulin-dependent diabetes each year, in addition to co-ed wilderness programs and other co-ed programs in the winter and spring. The Barton Center’s year-round camp, retreat and conference center serves 2,000 children and their families annually. Barton’s programs include the Clara Barton summer resident camp for girls, co-ed day camps, co-ed adventure camps, family camp and numerous co-ed and family programs in the fall, winter and spring. Both camps have a long heritage of camping and outdoor activities, combined with diabetes education and support for children with diabetes. Camp Joslin and The Barton Center are accredited and consistently meet or exceed the strict standards of quality set forth by the American Camp Association and other licensing and accreditation organizations.
“For almost 70 years, Camp Joslin has provided a highly rewarding experience for children with diabetes, who leave camp with memories of fun times with new friends and with a better understanding of diabetes,” said Kenneth Quickel, Jr., MD, Joslin President and CEO. “The Barton Center has done a superb job running Camp Joslin for the past two years and we are confident that, under Barton’s ownership, the camp will become even more successful in the coming years.”
The Barton Center has managed Camp Joslin since 2008. Camp Joslin and Barton’s Clara Barton Camp have jointly operated a highly successful winter camp program at the Barton location for the past four years. Camp Joslin will continue operating under its own name during a yearlong transitional period. The two camps will remain at their current locations, which are three miles apart.
Anyone interested in contributing to Barton’s capital campaign can contact The Barton Center at 508-987-2056 x2004 or email@example.com.
About The Barton Center
The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc. (www.BartonCenter.org), a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, offers a powerful support system to children and families with insulin-dependent diabetes by providing numerous year-round education, recreation and support programs. The organization runs resident camps, including Clara Barton Camp and Camp Joslin, day camps, family camps, adventure/wilderness leadership programs and year-round weekend programs.
About Joslin Diabetes Center
Joslin Diabetes Center is the world's preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization. Joslin is dedicated to ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives and offers real hope and progress toward diabetes prevention and a cure. Founded in 1898 by Elliott P. Joslin, M.D., Joslin is an independent, nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School. For more information about Joslin, call 1-800-JOSLIN-1 or visit www.joslin.org. Keep up with Joslin research and clinical news at Inside Joslin: www.joslin.org/news/inside_joslin.html. You can friend Joslin on Facebook at www.facebook.com/joslindiabetescenter and follow on Twitter at twitter.com/JoslinDiabetes.
About The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust was established in 1999 after many decades of philanthropic giving by Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley. The Trust is administered by five trustees selected by Leona Helmsley. As a continuation of Mr. and Mrs. Helmsley’s generous giving throughout their lifetimes, the Trust supports a diverse range of organizations with a major focus on health and medical research, in addition to programs in human services, education and conservation.
Barton In The News
Please Contact Barton's Associate Executive Director & Director of Development, Lynn Butler, if you would like a copy of any of the articles below.
Bay State Parent Magazine - "Special Needs Summer Camps: Where All Kids Can Be Kids"
Leicester Daily Voice - "10th Annual Fishing Derby for Camp Joslin"
Diabetes Health - "Diabetes Heroes Come In All Ages"
Wicked Local ® - "Lexington families team up for Diabetes Awareness"
Leicester Daily Voice - "Leicester Man Leads Motorcycle Ride to Help Diabetes Camp"
Community Advocate - "Summer Bash in Marlborough benefits kids with diabetes"
Worcester Telegram & Gazette - "Encounter at Joslin camp dance led to marriage proposal"
Webster Times - "Motorcycle ride to benefit Barton, Joslin camps"
MetroWest Daily - "Mixing fun and learning at Barton Center for Diabetes Education"
Bay State Parent Magazine - "2012 Wiffle Ball Tournament"
Worcester Telegram & Gazette - "Racing Toward Summer"
Voice of America - "Camp in US Provides Life-Changing Experience For Kids With Diabetes"
dLife (CNBC) - The Barton Center: A Very Special Camp for Kids
WCVB-TV (Boston's ABC Affiliate) – "Learn, Laugh, Live ... Barton!"
Diabetes Daily News – “First-of-Its-Kind Program for Children Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes Is Launched”
The Webster Times – “New Barton Program to Teach ‘ABCs’ of Diabetes”
Children with Diabetes – First-of-Its-Kind Program for Children Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes Is Launched The Webster Times – Barton Center to Unveil Program for New Diabetics
Diabetes Camping Association Newsletter – “Barton Center Offers National ‘Learn, Laugh, Live’ Weekends, A Program for Newly Diagnosed Children with Diabetes”
WBZ-AM – Interview with John Maconga by Diane Stern
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – “Barton Launches Diabetes Camp”
The Patriot – Barton Center’s National “Learn, Laugh, Live: Weekends to Provide Full Set of Tools for Living Well with Diabetes
The Webster Times – “Learn, Laugh, Live One-of-a-Kind Event”
Diabetes Forecast – “It’s Your Call: Learn, Laugh, Live” (appeared in The Diabetes Advisor column)
Diabetes Health – “Residential Program Gets Newly Diagnosed Kids Off to a Good Start”