Teenagers gain lifelong skills.

Teenagers are faced with conflict when emerging as a young adults with a host of new responsibilities and this transition has been identified as the most challenging time in life. This development is not just managing tasks but coming along with it is the influence of peer pressure, competing priorities, constant performance review, never mind the difficulties of having diabetes.

We specialize in working with teens, understanding what they are capable of and helping to build their self-esteem, skills and support mechanisms to help them thrive in life. We are proud to say that our teen participants are often shocked at how much fun they have, the friendships made and what they’ve learned, even when they were resistant to participate in the first place.  

Diabetes Skills

On top of all these developments in a teens life, they are left with little option but to find a way to deal with diabetes. To be in the driver’s seat of a chronic disease can either push someone over the edge into rebellion or simply ambivalence as diabetes and health slides to the back of the priority list. Either way, the teen needs to be the driver. We think this is a very important understanding and when we work with teens the first step is to recognize those who are unable to identify the positives and those who are not yet able to hold onto the benefits of their hard work when they are feeling overwhelmed.

There are so many ways we have been able to share small tips, build routines and learn from each other, but the foundation of our program is in problem solving together. This disease is not managed through following a chart but in performing a complicated sequence of steps in the midst of all other tasks. So we demonstrate those skills in each activity we take on while keeping a fun schedule of events and work to perform at our best. We often find that is above average even in our extreme adventure series and we can’t help but say that it’s awesome!

Peer Mentoring

We’ve had lots of teens who did not want to come out on their first venture with ICD and we are proud to say these folks have 100% recommended their peers give it a try. In fact, someone like this will likely be there at a program to meet you.

The success of our past  helps breed a large community of peer support, an integral part of this program. As we continue to grow and develop, we will continue to run into unsolved problems and personal challenges. These can be overcome easier with friends who just might have that piece of the puzzle that is missing. We at ICD are that many of our participants become great leaders and this has helped us to grow nationwide. We’ve even had young adults so passionate about sharing this experience they have quit their current jobs to be involved for a week long program and others who have flown themselves across the country to get more!

Leadership Mentoring

We specialize in developing an awareness of what teens are capable of and how to use the community around them. We invest in them, how to build skills and support mechanisms they want to help them thrive in life.

Our leadership development is happening all the time. Volunteers coming into the office or stepping up at a program, but also in formal retreats to offer more focus and investment where applications are reviewed for best fit. These retreat programs are not meant to exclusively produce ICD leadership but provide training that could help someone improve skills that will apply to any field.

We have heard from parents who are primarily involved for their kids but disclose that they take the learnings of our programs into their business regularly. We feel this is the nature of life and learn just as much from them too!

Event Phone: 1-877-776-0667


  • Intro To Adventure: Tobermory
    August 22, 2019 - August 25, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

What is an Intro to Adventure? Our Intro program came out of the demand for more outdoor programming for youth and families! ICD has long been known for running Extreme Adventure Programs consisting of a week or more of strenuous hikes with heavy loads, backcountry camping, for teens and young adults with T1. Our Intro programs (more…)


  • Niagara Hike and Ultimate Amazing Race
    August 31, 2019
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

I Challenge Diabetes is partnering with Niagara T1D Families again and heading out to the Bruce Trail for a day of hiking and fun with fellow type 1s, family and friends. No experience required. Come rain or shine! Lace up your hiking boots (or running shoes) for this beautiful hike and see what the Bruce (more…)

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