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Our Mission

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The mission of DYF is to improve the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes. The organization provides education and recreation within a supportive community, encouraging personal growth, knowledge and independence.

Our History

mss9864_1_27_olneypostcardIn 1938, Dr. Mary B. Olney, a physician from UC San Francisco, took 19 children with type-1 diabetes to camp to teach them how to better manage their condition. Dr. Olney believed that children with diabetes could live healthy and productive lives by learning how to care for their diabetes with a complex management system. mss9864_1_34_campstaffToday, DYF still holds true to that philosophy, creating opportunities for children and teens with diabetes which are equal to that of their peers who do not have diabetes. DYF also recognizes the impact that type-1 diabetes can have on a family unit and is dedicated to supporting the parents, caregivers and sibling who are affected.

Current Activities

DYF serves more than 1,500 individuals annually (children and teens with diabetes, siblings, parents and guardians) through our resident camps and recreation programs. Our most well-known program is our Bearskin Meadow Summer Camp. Bearskin Meadow Camp (BMC) is one of the oldest wilderness camps for youth living with diabetes in the country. In addition to BMC, we also offer Camp de los Niños, several weekend family education retreats, and numerous one day adventure programs throughout Northern California.

DYF is a founding member of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) and a member of the American Camp Association (ACA).

Historic Photos of Bearskin Meadow Camp

Photos above courtesy of UCSF