From resident camps to specialized programs, DYF has something to offer all teens.
Bearskin Meadow Teen Camp (9 days)
Teen Camp Sample Schedules:
Nothing excites teenagers more than being away from their parents and getting to hang with other teens! The Teen Camp experience allows campers the opportunity to bond with other teens and counselors who understand the challenges of living with T1D. Camp empowers teenagers to take control of their diabetes and teaches them the skills to do so. Teens enjoy classic camp experiences and also have the opportunity to focus on their passion; program choices include Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Wilderness, and Sports. A highlight of Teen Camp is Teen Education Day, where we bring in a keynote speaker and experts in the diabetes field to teach our campers about life with T1D. Teens get an individualized schedule for the day that includes breakout sessions ranging in topics from “Juggling Diabetes, Insulin, and Body Image” to “Future Diabetes Technology” to “Transitioning to the Adult World.” Your teen will leave camp empowered, educated, and supported.
Bearskin Meadow Buddy Camp (7 days)
Buddy Camp Sample Schedules:
Teens with T1D, ages 14-15, can bring a buddy from home to enjoy the camp experience together! While at least one member of the buddy pair must have T1D, the other member can be a sibling, friend, or cousin. Together, the buddies will sleep under the stars and enjoy all of the fun activities offered at Bearskin Meadow Camp. Your child with T1D will be supported in all areas of diabetes management while their buddy learns and practices right alongside them.
Bearskin Meadow Leaders in Training Programs
Year 1: Ages 16-17
Year 2: Age 17 plus completion of LIT I
Open to teens with or without diabetes. Application and phone interview required for program acceptance. Those who participate in the Leaders-In-Training program gain valuable life skills through interactive workshops and activities. The program is designed to assist in the development of a strong foundation for adulthood including school, work, family and community combined with the fun of camp. LIT 1 must be completed before beginning the LIT 2 program.
Camp de los Niños (6 days)
Camp de Los Niños Sample Schedule: CDLN Program Schedule 2018.doc
This program is a great option for participants who are looking for a shorter camp experience closer to the Bay Area. Camp will be held at YMCA Camp Loma Mar, in Loma Mar, CA. Campers are grouped together with other teens their own age and live inside cabins with their counselors. In addition to diabetes education, teens enjoy a classic camp experience with activities such as swimming, archery, nature, arts & crafts, sports, campfires, and more. Our experienced staff and healthcare team will help with all aspects of diabetes from carb counting to pump site changes. Your child with T1D will be well supported and cared for at camp while having the time of their lives!
Altitude 14,505 (2 week expedition)
Teens will embark on a 75+ mile journey over 10 days, with the goal of summiting the highest peak in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney. Beginning and ending at Bearskin Meadow Camp, this program is for teens who want to be physically, emotionally, and mentally challenged and are ready for a tight-knit team.
(Note: This program is offered every other year.)