DYF http://dyf.org Diabetes Youth Families Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:57:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2015 Program Dates are Here! http://dyf.org/2015-program-dates-are-here/ http://dyf.org/2015-program-dates-are-here/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:51:47 +0000 http://dyf.org/?p=5826 Registration Opens on January 1, 2015!

2015 Camp Magic Awaits...

2015 Camp Magic Awaits…

Program Fee Options

  • Partial Fee:  The MAJORITY of families select this option. Thanks to donations from individuals, corporations, community organizations and through fundraising events, DYF is happy to offer a subsidized fee. Families can also create a custom fundraising page at www.firstgiving.com/dyf if they’d like to help cover the difference between the Partial and Actual fees and send more kids to camp.

  • Actual Fee: This fee represents all costs associated with operating the program, including insurance, utilities, full-time and seasonal personnel, staff training, food, program supplies, transportation, facilities and maintenance.

  •  Scholarship: Financial assistance is available to families who qualify, and enables those with hardships to pay as little as the deposit to attend any program. You can also create their own fundraising page at www.firstgiving.com/dyf to raise the camp fee.

SessionPartial FeeActual Fee
Family Programs
Sweet on Diabetes Weekend Retreat
February 13-15, 2015
Camp Arroyo, Livermore, CA
1 Adult, 1 Child = $400,
each additional
participant is $100
1 Adult, 1 Child = $1,254
each additional
participant is $627
Bearskin Meadow Family Camps:
Family Camp 1 - July 19-24, 2015
Family Camp 2 - July 26-31, 2015
Family Camp 3 - August 2-7, 2015
Bearskin Meadow Camp, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
1 Adult, 1 Child = $1,350
3 participants = $1,550
4 participants = $1,950
5 participants = $2,350
Each additional participant is $400
1 Adult, 1 Child = $2,608
3 participants = $3,912
4 participants = $5,216
5 participants = $6,520
Each additional participant is $1,304
Fall Spooktakular Weekend Retreat
October 23-25, 2015
Camp Jones Gulch, La Honda , CA
1 Adult, 1 Child = $400,
each additional
participant is $100
1 Adult, 1 Child = $998
each additional
participant is $499
Kids and Teens Programs
Bearskin Meadow Kids Camp - 8 Days
June 25-July 2, 2015
Ages 7-13
Bearskin Meadow Camp, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
$150 Round Trip Bus Transportation (optional)
$150 Round Trip Bus Transportation (optional)
Bearskin Meadow Teen Camp - 10 Days
July 7-16, 2015
Ages 14-17 (or entering High School)
Bearskin Meadow Camp, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
$150 Round Trip Bus Transportation (optional)
$150 Round Trip Bus Transportation (optional)
Leaders-in-Training I
July 19-31, 2015
Ages 16-17
First year of two year program - open to teens with and without diabetes.
(Application/Interview required for progam acceptance.)
Bearskin Meadow Camp, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Leaders-in-Training II
June 20-July 2, 2015
Ages 16-17
Second year of two year program - open to teens with and without diabetes.
(Application/Interview required for progam acceptance.)
Bearskin Meadow Camp, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Camp de los Ninos
August 9-14, 2015
Ages 7-17
Camp Campbell, Boulder Creek, CA
Surf Camp
September 20, 2015
Ages 6-17
Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica, CA
1 T1D Surfer = $90, each additional Surfer/Buddy is $75$198 per surfer

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March 20, 2015 – 2nd Annual NCAA March Mania for DYF http://dyf.org/ncaa-march-mania/ http://dyf.org/ncaa-march-mania/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:44:09 +0000 http://dyf.org/?p=5300 For the second year in a row this exciting event is being held at Goal Line Productions, John Madden’s Film Studio in Pleasanton, CA on March 20th from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  March Mania is a fun-filled event geared for the college basketball enthusiast while at the same time raising much needed funds for DYF’s programs and summer camps!  The NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament is one of our countries most popular sporting events and DYF is excited about the opportunity to offer a fun-filled afternoon for the ultimate fan!

Your day of fun includes:

  • 10+ Big Screens to View Games! (More screens)
  • Fabulous Food! (Johnny Garlic’s will be back and we’re adding more appetizers in 2015!)
  • Beer & Wine Vendors
  • Prizes! (More Prizes)
  • Games! (More Games)
  • Special Guests & More!

For tickets or more information please click here.


 Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information please email gogin@dyf.org or call the DYF office @ (925) 680-4994 ext. 104.

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SURVEY, SURVEY, SURVEY http://dyf.org/survey/ http://dyf.org/survey/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:05:35 +0000 http://dyf.org/?p=5802  


Thank you to our 761 campers served this summer who helped to make Bearskin Meadow Camp and Camp de los Niños 2014 incredible! In ten short weeks, we experienced hundreds of diabetes firsts, thousands of finger pokes and injections, endless carbohydrate counted meals and snacks carb, late nights, early mornings, and an incredible amount of life changing moments. Please continue to help us by completing your surveys sent via Survey monkey over the past four weeks. We need your feedback! Help us secure funding and provide life changing programs but letting us know areas for improvement and what we did well.

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DYF Annual Gala http://dyf.org/gala/ http://dyf.org/gala/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 05:53:20 +0000 http://dyf.org/?p=3076  

Each year, during November, DYF gathers families, medical professionals, diabetes industry leaders and community leaders for an evening of entertainment, a great auction and fabulous food and wine to raise much needed funds for DYF’s life changing programs.  Since 2001, the Gala has raised more than 3.3 million dollars to provide children, teens and families, affected by type-1 diabetes, with the courage, competence and confidence to live well and thrive with diabetes!

Details about our 2015 Gala will be announced in early Spring 2015!

For questions or more information please email: gogin@dyf.org.

DYF expresses its sincere gratitude to our Gala sponsors. Click to view a partial list:

Tahitian Sponsors
Akoya Pearl Sponsors


Mr. and Mrs. George and Elyse Pasha


Freshwater Pearl Sponsors 

Clif Bar Family Foundation

Early Alert Canines on behalf of Tenalu

The Engineering Enterprise

Fox Rothschild

Mrs. Claire Levine

Medtronic Diabetes

Jim and Mary Claire Simpson

UCSF Diabetes Center

The Yellow Rose Foundation


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A Prescription for the Diabetes Soul http://dyf.org/power-of-dyf/ http://dyf.org/power-of-dyf/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:03:30 +0000 http://dyf.org/?p=5124  

This video was directed and produced by Lawson Navarro, film student at San Diego State University. Music written and performed by Joe Moran, Past DYF Program Manager.

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A Family Journey – A Testimonial for Bearskin Meadow Camp http://dyf.org/testimonial/ http://dyf.org/testimonial/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2013 21:10:48 +0000 http://dyf.org/?p=4981 A FAMILY JOURNEY
By Caron Gaydon

Nearly 15 years ago, our daughter, Taylor, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the ripe old age of 16 months. While in the hospital with her diagnosis, we discovered that we were expecting our second child. Within a couple of months, the stress of the diagnosis played a large role in causing me to experience preterm labor which led my medical team to put me on strict bed rest for the remainder of the pregnancy. Obviously, we were witnessing how a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes can affect an entire family in multiple ways. This played a large role (along with my daughter’s young age) in our decision to start attending diabetes family camps once our son, Jackson, was born. We attended Camp Seale Harris in Alabama for the first time when the kids were only 2 years and 3 months old. Everyone at the camp pitched in to assist us with the young kids so that so that we could get as much help from camp as possible. It was SO needed.
Shortly thereafter, we moved to California and attended family camps each year including Bearskin Meadow as of 2003. The magic of Bearskin played a large role in where we are today and made it possible for us to get through the years with all of the challenges that come with raising a child with type 1. My husband and I were always prepared for the extra challenges that came with each phase of child development thanks to the support of our fellow campers and the Bearskin staff. Today, Taylor is proud of her diabetes and has a sense of accomplishment about achieving her goals with the extra challenge of thinking for her pancreas 24/7! She takes pride in her seniority in living with type 1 longer than most of her counselors or peers since she sees this as a challenge that she has been able to overcome. Meanwhile, she has learned how to cope with the diabetes and everyday life with a sense of humor that allows her to laugh at herself (and her parents). I don’t believe that she would be the outgoing, vivacious, and proud person that she is today without her experiences (and connections) from Bearskin. She feels that she is privileged to belong to a special society and doesn’t even want a cure for diabetes if it means no diabetes camps!
For the rest of the family, it connected us to Taylor and her condition and brought us together as a family. We share the emotions, challenges, and chores of living with type 1 diabetes and it taught us that we can get through anything as long as we have each other. Most important, we learned how to work the diabetes into the equation of our lives as just a factor rather than as the only variable. Most important, Bearskin taught us that we are not alone. This summer will be our first year without family camp since Taylor’s diagnosis because Taylor is starting a leadership-in-training program as a future counselor. We are thrilled to watch the magic of Bearskin continue.

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The Essence of DYF… http://dyf.org/the-essence-of-dyf/ http://dyf.org/the-essence-of-dyf/#comments Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:36:01 +0000 http://dyf.org/?p=4893  

This video was directed and produced by Lawson Navarro, film student at San Diego State University. Music written and performed by Joe Moran, Past DYF Program Manager. Featured in the film are Alex and Aden Santana (DYF Participants), Janet Kramschuster (DYF Director of Programs) and Jennifer Goerzen (DYF Resident Camp Director).

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Hey there! DYF is Joining the Blogging World! http://dyf.org/blog_04-02-13/ http://dyf.org/blog_04-02-13/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:27:22 +0000 http://dyf.org/?p=4404 Post Date: April 2, 2013    Author: DYF

The mission of the Diabetic Youth Foundation (DYF) is to improve the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes. We provide education and recreation programs within a supportive community, encouraging personal growth, knowledge and independence.

In order to meet our mission we are unable to go it alone. It takes a village to produce the life changing programs that have helped thousands of children and families for over 75 years. This blog is dedicated to showcasing the fundraising efforts of the amazing individuals and families who have set aside a day for DYF.

Be on the look-out for our DYF DAY family showcase. Check out what others are doing to help raise funds for the DYF programs we all love!

Watch…Get inspired…learn how you can help spread the DYF magic!

To learn more about DYF and how to get involved, visit www.dyf.org/dyfday

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Snapshots of DYF’s Biggest Summer Yet! http://dyf.org/2012-photo-gallery2/ http://dyf.org/2012-photo-gallery2/#comments Fri, 24 Aug 2012 20:08:58 +0000 http://dyf.org/?p=3467
 Click on Photos Below to Access DYF’s Flickr Photo Gallery


BMC Kids Camp, June 17-24, 2012 

BMC Teen Camp, June 29 – July 8, 2012

BMC Family Camp 1, July 14-19, 2012





BMC Mt. Whitney, July 14-25, 2012

BMC Family Camp 2, July 21-26, 2012

BMC Family Camp 3, July 28 – August 3, 2012





Super Buddy Day Camp, Oakland, June 25-29, 2012

Super Buddy Day Camp, East Palo Alto, July 16-20, 2012





Camp de los Ninos

DYF Surf Day

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Why Send Your Child to Camp? http://dyf.org/why-send-your-child-to-camp/ http://dyf.org/why-send-your-child-to-camp/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2012 09:19:24 +0000 http://dyf.org/?p=3348

Read what clinical psychologist and child expert Michael Tompson http://www.michaelthompson-phd.com/ has to say about the benefits of the camp experience.




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