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Summer Camps

Located in California’s beautiful Sequoia National Forest, our Bearskin Meadow campus has provided an exceptional camp experience for kids & families with type 1 diabetes for over 60 years.

Family Camp is a week of recreational activities and diabetes education for children and teens (0-17) with T1D and their family members.

Family Camp 1 – July 20-25 at Bearskin Meadow Camp for all ages

Family Camp 2 – July 27-August 1 at Bearskin Meadow Camp for all ages

Family Camp Flipped has the same great programs as our Family Camp, but is designed for family members, friends, and partners supporting an adult with T1D.

July 27-August 1 at Bearskin Meadow Camp for all ages

Camp de los Niños is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and offers all the summer camp fun, closer to the San Francisco Bay Area.

July 29-August 3 at Loma Mar for ages 7-17

Kids Camp offers a safe, comfortable, and fun away-from-home experience for kids with T1D. Enjoy classic camp experiences such as swimming, archery, arts & crafts, games, dances, campfires and more…with a side of diabetes education!

July 8-13- at Bearskin Meadow Camp for ages 7-13

Buddy Camp is a unique program built for kids who want to share the diabetes camp experience with a buddy or sibling that does not have T1D.

June 16-20 at Bearskin Meadow Camp for ages 7-15

Teen Camp is designed to support the lifestyle and social interests of high-school aged teenagers living with type 1 diabetes. Teens will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including sports, visual arts, performing arts, and wilderness, and engage in new experiences together with friends.

June 22-30 at Bearskin Meadow Camp for ages 13-17

Leaders in Training programs are for older teens with or without diabetes who are ready to take the next step in developing their leadership skills.

LIT 1 – July 20-August 1 at Bearskin Meadow Camp for ages 16-17

LIT 2 – June 12-20 at Bearskin Meadow Camp for age 17

Adventure Programs 

Our adventure programs in California’s High Sierra wilderness take you further into the outdoors and empower you to take the next step in your diabetes self-management journey.

*Program dates and exact locations are subject to change based on permits.

The Teen Backpacking Program is a backpacking adventure for teens who love or want to learn how to backpack while managing their diabetes. This program is for those who want to push themselves and accomplish something challenging while building community.

July 1-July 9* in the High Sierra Wilderness for ages 13-15.

The Teen Multi-Sport Adventure Program is ideal for adventurous teens who are ready to challenge themselves through rock climbing, backpacking, and whitewater rafting.

July 14-25* in the High Sierra Wilderness for ages 15-17.

Family Backpacking is an introductory backpacking program ideal for one youth living with T1D, and a parent or guardian, who are ready to challenge themselves on a great adventure outdoors!

June 15-20* in the High Sierra Wilderness for youth 14-17 plus parent.

DYF Community Whitewater Rafting Trip: All DYF community members, past, present and future, are invited to join us in this fun weekend of camping and whitewater rafting!

August 30-September 1 in Lotus, CA for ages 10 and up.

Year-Round Weekend Retreats

Held in various locations including the Bay Area, participants will build community as they enjoy numerous camp activities and learn about the latest in diabetes management from our team of health-care professionals.

Our Family Retreat weekends are located in the Bay Area and they are the perfect opportunity to experience a dose of Family Camp closer to home.

Spring Family Retreat – March 15-17 at Mt. Gilead, Sebastopol for all ages.

Fall Family Retreat – Date TBD at Camp Jones Gulch, La Honda for all ages.

Campamento Familiar en Español is the same great programming and excellent diabetes education as our weekend Family Retreats, but all in Spanish!

February 23-25 at Camp Arroyo, Livermore for all ages

The Adult Retreat is a weekend camp for adults with T1D and optional support people: siblings, partners, friends, parents, etc. This weekend program will re-invigorate you, connect you with other T1D adults, and allow you to brush up your diabetes management skills.

August 2-4 at Bearskin Meadow Camp for ages 18+

We hope to see you at our 2024 programs!

If you have any questions about these programs, please reach out to the DYF Team at or (925) 680-4994.