Maternal PKU Camp

Maternal PKU Camp

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Maternal PKU Camp

July 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

The PKU Gang For more than ten years every summer the Waisman Center in Madison, Wisconsin holds a weekend long Maternal PKU Camp. The camp is open to all PKU women who are fourteen and older, and campers stay in the University of Madison dorms. This summer I attended Maternal PKU Camp for the third time, and it was just as amazing as the last two years! The weekend is always jam packed with interesting discussions, cooking classes, fun activities, and of course plenty of free time to hang out with others. On the first night of camp we went to Frank's Place for dinner where a huge low protein meal was prepared for us. Frank's Place is one of the restaurants on the campus of UW-Madison. Later that night we decorated gardening pots and planted herbs in them to take home. We had a lot of time to hang out with each other. Unfortunately this year we did not have any new campers, but we had a great time hanging out with old friends. On Friday we were lucky enough to have a cooking class with a professional chef. He helped us prepare both lunch and dinner. Later that day we listened to presentations about topics such as healthy relationships and how we manage our PKU. We had planned to go to the beach and the zoo that afternoon, but it was raining, so we settled on going to the mall. Of course we were ok with this, because what girl doesn't love shopping :). After wandering the mall for about an hour we rushed back to the UW-Madison campus to participate in a private fitness class just for us! On Saturday we attended a discussion about maternal PKU which was lead by one of the genetic counselors from the Waisman Center. We did some more cooking, and then we headed out to go paddle boating. The paddle boating did not go exactly how we had planned, because a few of the boats got stuck on the lake, but it was still a very fun experience. After paddle boating we had a low protein picnic followed by the opportunity to taste test formulas that formula reps brought us. Because this was the last night of camp, we decided to have a "Spa Night" followed by an exciting game of Apples to Apples. The next morning we had breakfast, packed our bags, said our goodbyes, and headed home. Personally I am very excited to come back next summer for camp. For those who have never attended a PKU camp before I highly suggest you go next summer. It truly is an amazing experience, and I have made great friends that will last a life time!

3 Reviews of Maternal PKU Camp

  1. Registered: Aug 14, 2009

    Posts: 0

    , Wisconsin

    hey! it’s joel im 13 years old im from Mequon, WI i saw that u went to a PKU camp in madison? i just got back from one this july it’s called camp PHEver in burton Texas it is so fuin i almost cryed cuz i didnt wanna leave! u should come try it!

  2. Registered: Sep 12, 2006

    Posts: 0

    Franklin, Wisconsin

    Hi Joel! I have heard about Camp Phever. I would love to go there next year, but I’m eighteen now. I am too old. Who knows though maybe someday I will go to Texas for Camp Phearless.

  3. Registered: Jul 15, 2009

    Posts: 0

    , Illinois

    Can u let me know when camp is next year because I’m a step-mother of Kayla she is going to be 28 years old this December and trying to get her involved in PKU events we recommend from East Peoria, Illinois.

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