Camp Dates and Fees


It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that DYF has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person 2020 summer camp programs. We are profoundly disappointed as we were greatly looking forward to welcoming you and your children to camp this summer.


2020 Camp Dates and Information

We are so excited to announce the dates and themes for Camp Insulin and Stars, our virtual “Camp at Home” program this summer. All details are here.

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As of now, our Fall camp sessions remain unchanged. We will update you should anything change.

Fall Camp SessionsDatesLocation
Fall Family Retreat
Tier 1: $400 per person (p.p.) 
Tier 2: $200 p.p. 
Tier 3: available
October 23-25Camp Jones Gulch, La Honda
Campamento Familiar en Español Fall Session
$25 per family
November 13-15Camp Campbell, Boulder Creek

Registration for 2021 is open!

New Campers- Register Here

Returning Campers-Register Here

2021 Camp Dates and Information

Family Camp SessionDatesLocation

Spring Family Retreat
Tier 1: $400 per person (p.p.) 
Tier 2: $200 p.p. 
Tier 3: available

March 26-28

Mt. Gilead Conference Center, Sebastopol

Campamento Familiar en Español Spring Session
$25 per family
TBD MayCamp Arroyo, Livermore
Work Weekend
Donations requested
May 29-31Bearskin Meadow Camp*
Family Camp 1
Tier 1: $1,500 p.p. 
Tier 2: $600 p.p. w/2; $500 p.p w/3
Tier 3: available
July 24-29Bearskin Meadow Camp*
Family Camp 2
Tier 3: available
July 31-August 5Bearskin Meadow Camp*

Family Camp Flipped NEW
Tier 1: $1,100 p.p. 
Tier 2: $400 p.p. w/2; $300 p.p. w/3 or more 
Tier 3: available

August 8-12Bearskin Meadow Camp*
Beach Day 
Donations requested
TBDPacifica
Fall Family Retreat
Tier 1: $400 p.p. 
Tier 2: $200 p.p. 
Tier 3: available
TBDCamp Jones Gulch, La Honda
Campamento Familiar en Español
$25 per family
TBDCamp Campbell, Boulder Creek
Adult Camp SessionDatesLocation
Adult Retreat
Tier 1: $250 p.p. 
Tier 2: $50 p.p.
August 6-8Bearskin Meadow Camp*
Family Camp Flipped NEW
Tier 1: $1,100 p.p. 
Tier 2: $400 p.p. w/2; $300 p.p. w/3 or more
Tier 3: available
August 8-12Bearskin Meadow Camp*
Kids Camp SessionDatesLocation
Buddy Camp (ages 7-15) 
Tier 1: $1,700 
Tier 2: $700 
Tier 3: available
June 21-27Bearskin Meadow Camp*
Camp de Los Niños (7-17)
Tier 1: $2,000 
Tier 2: $1,000 
Tier 3: available
June 21-26Camp Loma Mar, Loma Mar
Kids Camp (7-13)
Tier 1: $2,000
Tier 2: $1,000 
Tier 3: available
June 30-July 7Bearskin Meadow Camp*
Teen Camp SessionDatesLocation
Leaders in Training, 
Year II  (17)
Tier 1: $3,000 
Tier 2: $1,500 
Tier 3: available
June 16-27Bearskin Meadow Camp*
Teen Camp (14-17)
Tier 1: $2,500 
Tier 2: $1,250 
Tier 3: available
July 10-18Bearskin Meadow Camp*
Altitude 14,505 (15-17)
Tier 1: $3,000
Tier 2: not available 
Tier 3: available
TBDBearskin Meadow Camp*
Leaders in Training, 
Year I (16-17)
Tier 1: $3,000
Tier 2: $1,500 
Tier 3: available
July 24-August 5Bearskin Meadow Camp*

* Bearskin Meadow Camp is located near Kings Canyon National Park


DYF programs are available in various locations around California throughout the year for children, teens, adults, and families affected by type I diabetes. 

DYF offers a three-tiered pricing model for our programs, all of which result in the same impactful program experience:

  • Tier 1: This is the highest rate and most closely reflects the actual cost of camp. It is available for all families.
  • Tier 2: This is a subsidized rate for those who cannot afford Tier 1. It is available for all families.
  • Tier 3: This is a scholarship rate. Full and partial scholarships are available for most programs. You must apply and be approved to receive a full or partial scholarship.

DYF works hard to keep costs low and raises money throughout the year in order to provide affordable options, including full scholarships, for families and individuals to attend our programs.

Sample program schedules, menus, policies, etc. can be found in our Parent Information section.

Click here to download a .pdf version of our 2021 program brochure.

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Camps for Families

Bearskin Meadow Family Camp: All Ages

Diabetes affects the whole family, and we address those challenges at our Family Camp programs. Family Camps are ideal for any family looking for more diabetes support and education, especially those with a child who is newly diagnosed or too young to attend an Independent Camp.

Family Camp 1: July 24-29, 2021 – children with diabetes

Family Camp 2: July 31-August 5, 2021 – children with diabetes

Family Camp Flipped: August 8-12, 2021 – parents with diabetes

Three sessions of family camp are offered each summer at beautiful Bearskin Meadow Camp. Here you will have a full week to learn from top diabetes specialists, enjoy Kings Canyon National Park as a family, and meet others who are also managing T1D. In the mornings, parents participate in support groups and diabetes training while children are guided in fun activities such as archery, sports, nutrition, swimming, and art. Siblings without diabetes particularly enjoy having a place to learn about T1D and feel included in the experience. To top it all off, our kitchen does the cooking (and carb counting) all week!

Fall Family Retreat: All Ages

October 23-25, 2020 | TBD 2021

Very similar to our Spring Family Retreat but located in the South Bay Area at Camp Jones Gulch, the Fall Retreat is the perfect opportunity for your family to come together to get diabetes refreshers and unite with the T1D community. The Fall Family Retreat is Halloween themed and includes a costume dance and trick-or-treating.

Bearskin Meadow Camp Work Weekend: All Ages

May 29-31, 2021

Come help us prepare BMC for the summer! While true programming will not be offered, we would love your help with getting Bearskin cleaned up and ready to welcome our campers. In exchange for your hard work, this is a weekend free of charge with food included.

Beach Day: All Ages

TBD, Summer 2021

There’s no better way to wrap up a busy summer than to welcome all of our families to a free community day on the beach! This is a great opportunity to catch up from friends you may have met over the summer or for new families to come learn who we are. This year we are partnering with our friends at Dogs 4 Diabetics to bring you two great organizations at once! 

Campamento Familiar en Español: All Ages

Fall Session: November 13-15, 2020 at Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek

Spring Session: TBD, May 2021 at Camp Arroyo in Livermore

Campamento Familiar offers two weekend retreats for families whose primary language is Spanish. Same format and content as our other family programs, but all done in Spanish!

Learn more about Campamento Familiar en Español

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Camps for Adults

Adult Retreat at Bearskin Meadow Camp: Ages 18+

August 6-8, 2021

Join us for a weekend filled with education, fun, and community in a beautiful setting.  Bring your spouse, parents, siblings, friends, significant other, and any other person who supports your diabetes. Whether you were diagnosed as an adult or you grew up attending our programs, this retreat is the solution to living well with T1D. Non-T1D partners and support systems are also encouraged to attend, and education sessions are tailored to fit their needs, enhance their diabetes knowledge, and learn how to best support the person with T1D in their life.

See our 2019 schedule and speakers here.

Register here!

Family Camp Flipped: All Ages

August 8-12, 2021

Parents with T1D, this one is for you. Bring the whole crew to a family camp session where kids will learn about their parent’s diabetes, adults will gain community, and everyone will have a blast!

Independent Camps for Kids and Teens

These sessions are perfect for youth who are ready to go to camp without their parents, and for parents who are in need of a well-deserved break from diabetes!

At all of our independent programs, campers are grouped with 10-12 peers, two or more counselors, and a nurse. All diabetes management is fully supervised.

Camp de los Niños: Ages 7-17

TBD, 2021

Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains at YMCA Camp Loma Mar, this week-long program is a great option for kids and teens. Camp de los Niños is high energy and full of fun. Popular activities include guest speakers, the camp dance, creek stomping, and more. Round trip bus transportation is available from San Jose for an additional $75.

Bearskin Meadow Camp Buddy Camp: Ages 7-15

June 21-27, 2021

A unique program built for kids who want to share the diabetes camp experience with a buddy without T1D. We see lots of siblings, cousins, and best friends coming together to this session. Having a buddy means that our campers without T1D get to learn a lot about diabetes, all while participating in traditional camp activities like tie dye, night hikes, and swimming. Round trip bus transportation is available from San Francisco, Concord, Modesto, and Fresno for an additional $150.

Bearskin Meadow Camp Teen Camp: Ages 14-17, or entering High School

July 10-18, 2021

Our most popular program, Teen Camp offers 9 days of fun. We often see teenagers who start the week resistant to the idea of diabetes camp and end the week never wanting to leave! Teen Campers choose an interest area and do relevant activities throughout the session. These include Sports, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Wilderness. Near the end of the program the full camp participates in Teen Ed Day, where we bring in speakers and campers get to sign up for diabetes education topics that they are interested in. Teen campers form tight bonds and typically can’t wait to return. Round trip bus transportation is available from San Francisco, Concord, Modesto, and Fresno for an additional $150.

Bearskin Meadow Camp Kids Camp: Ages 7-13

June 30-July 7, 2021

A full week for kids with T1D, Kids Camp offers an away-from-home environment that is safe, comfortable, and fun. Our medical staff can help with site changes, shots, and carb counting, so don’t worry if your child needs additional support. Packed with fun camp activities, we also add in special programs like overnight camping trips, science experiments, and even a 3 day backpacking trip for our 13 year olds! Round trip bus transportation is available from San Francisco, Concord, Modesto, and Fresno for an additional $150.

Bearskin Meadow Camp Leaders-in-Training Program: Ages 16-17

LIT Year I: July 24-August 5, 2021

LIT Year II: June 16-27, 2021

This two-year program is perfect for teens with and without diabetes who are ready to take the next step in developing their leadership skills. LIT begins with an application and interview process in the Spring, and culminates with two weeks at camp learning how to be an effective leader and working with our younger campers. Many of our awesome camp staff are graduates of the LIT program!

Altitude 14,505 Program: Ages 15-17

TBD, Summer 2021

New this year, the Altitude 14,505 Program is ideal for teens who are adventurous and are ready to challenge themselves in the High Sierras! A combination of backpacking and rock climbing, this trip is not for the faint of heart. Admittance to the program will require a special application and an interview. Previous back country experience is not required.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until we have reached capacity. This program is limited to 10 teens due to trail restrictions. 

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Cost Options and Information

DYF offers a three-tiered pricing model for our programs, all of which result in the same impactful program experience:

  • Tier 1: This is the highest rate and most closely reflects the actual cost of camp. It is available for all families.
  • Tier 2: This is a subsidized rate for those who cannot afford Tier 1. It is available for all families.
  • Tier 3: This is a scholarship rate. Full and partial scholarships are available for most programs. You must apply and be approved to receive a full or partial scholarship.

Scholarships

Financial assistance is available to families who qualify through our robust Scholarship program. Scholarships enable those with hardships to pay as little as the registration deposit to attend any program. Click for more Scholarship Information.

Fundraise Your Camp Fee

You can also create a personal fundraising page at www.firstgiving.com/dyf to raise the camp fee after you register for camp.  We are giving families time to fundraise through August 1st, 2020!

Registration Deposit

There is a $150 registration deposit required of all campers for most programs, $50 of which is non-refundable. Please contact our office at (925) 680-4994 to request special payment arrangements for this deposit. 

Refund Policy

A cancellation at least 30 days prior to the start of your camp program will result in a full refund minus the $50 non-refundable deposit. We are unable to refund camp fees within the 30 days prior to camp, as we have already done the staff hiring and purchasing of program supplies, food, etc. needed for your camper(s) to attend.

We strongly encourage all participants to purchase the 3rd party insurance package described here to protect your registration fees should you need to cancel within 30 days of the start of your camp program. The insurance package can be purchased at the time of registration or separately online.

 

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