From resident camps, to specialized programs, to high adventure trips, DYF has something to offer to all teens.
Bearskin Meadow Teen Camp (10 days)
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 type 1 diabetes (T1D). Camp empowers teenagers to take control of their diabetes and teaches them the skills to do so. Teens enjoy the classic camp experiences and also have opportunities for high adventures experiences like backpacking trips. 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 (6 days)
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 and completion of Year 1 program):
Open to teens with or without diabetes. Application and phone/internet 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 LIT 2 program.
Camp de los Niños (6 days)
This program is a great option for participants who are looking for a shorter camp experience closer to the Bay Area. Beginning in 2018, camp will be held at Redwood Glen, 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 14505 (2 week expedition) *2019 next available date
Teens will embark on a 90-mile journey to the highest peak in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney. Beginning at Bearskin Meadow Camp, the group will cross the Western Sierra to the Mt. Whitney Portal, at which point they will summit up to 14,505 ft. 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.)
Surf Day in Pacifica (One day program)
Teens can play in the ocean or take surfing lessons while parents watch and enjoy the beach. Professional surf instructors and counselors trained in diabetes management lead this popular program for families of a child with diabetes. Equipment and light snacks are provided. Siblings and friends are encouraged to register as Surf Buddies or just come along and play on the beach!
Tomales Bay Kayaking Adventure (One day program)
Teens with an appetite for adventure will love this one day program on Tomales Bay. DYF counselors and medical staff team up with trained kayaking professionals to provide an unforgettable experience on the water. Equipment and lunch are provided.