DYF Family Programs 2023

T1D is a family affair, which is why we invite parents, siblings, type 1s, and grandparents to come to diabetes camp. Family Camps 1 & 2 and the Weekend Family Retreats are for families who have one or more children under the age of 18 with type 1 diabetes. Family Camp Flipped is for families with a parent with T1D.

Family Camp provides unparalleled diabetes support and community for the entire family. At Family Camp, children with t1d will find their diabesties, non-diabetic siblings will bond with other kids in their position, and parents from throughout California will connect to support one another through camp and beyond. Jam packed with all the fun activities you’d expect at any summer camp, DYF Family Camp programs provide all that and more while normalizing life with T1D.

We recommend family programs for any family desiring support. We also highly recommend it as the first stop for families new to T1D and DYF, as they provide a great introduction to camp and provides education for all, and for families with young kids who are not yet eligible for our independent camps. Our main family camp sessions are offered over the summer at Bearskin Meadow Camp, and we do shortened weekend family retreats during the spring and fall in different camp facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. After Family Camp, you and your family will walk away refreshed, happy, and with a new view of what life with diabetes can be.

“Bearskin Meadow Camp is a lifeline for our family. From the Parent Education to the kid groups for our T1D as well as the siblings, we benefit so much from the week. The kids love to go to camp, and we, as parents, gain so much from connecting with other families, counselors and healthcare professionals. We have made lifelong friends and our T1D knowledge grows with every DYF event we attend. We would not miss camp for anything!” – Jordan Family

P.S – If you’re a family who likes adventuring in the outdoors, check out our Family Adventure Programs!

Pricing and registration information will be available December 2022.

Tiered Pricing & Scholarship Information

Weekend Family Retreats

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.

These weekend family retreats are an amazing mid-year diabetes refresher and provide a fun getaway. Weekend family retreats offer the same benefits of Family Camp but in a shortened timeframe and with easier accessibility to the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Spring Family Retreat March 17-19 Tier and Scholarship Information

Pricing to be released December 2022

Mt. Gilead, Sebastopol All Ages
Fall Family Retreat October 20-22 Tier and Scholarship Information

Pricing to be released December 2022

Camp Jones Gulch, La Honda All Ages

Family Camps

Family Camps 1 and 2 are for families with children ages 0-17 with T1D, while Family Camp Flipped is for adults with T1D and their families, friends, and significant others.

Set against the backdrop of the stunning Sequoia National Forest, Family Camp provides unparalleled diabetes support and community for the entire family. Family Camp at BMC offers an opportunity for families to relax, have fun, and learn about T1D together. During the mornings, kids with diabetes and their siblings go with their peers and camp counselors to fun activities such as archery, swimming, sports, diabetes education, and art. Our staff is trained in T1D management and most have diabetes themselves, so your kiddos will be in great hands!

While kids are off having a blast, parents and adults are in diabetes education sessions led by our amazing healthcare professionals. Session topics range from managing the emotional trauma and ongoing hardships of life with T1D, to tips and tricks for daily management, to sick day care, and more. In addition, before every meal our medical team will be available for “insulin line” where you can discuss changing insulin needs based on carbohydrate intake and activity levels. A huge benefit of Family Camp is having full access to an endocrinologist and diabetes care team for an entire week!

In the afternoons families will be together and can enjoy trips to nearby Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, do activities on camp, and spend quality time together. In the evenings families participate in a range of fun group programming including campfires, night hikes, talent shows, a camp dance, and more! (See Sample Program Schedules Here)

Family Camp Flipped July 29-August 3 Tier and Scholarship Information

Pricing to be released December 2022

BMC All Ages
Family Camp 1 July 22-27 Tier and Scholarship Information

Pricing to be released December 2022

BMC All Ages
Family Camp 2 July 29-August 3 Tier and Scholarship Information

Pricing to be released December 2022

BMC All Ages

Campamento Familiar en Español

Campamento Familiar en Español is the same great programming and excellent diabetes education as our weekend Family Retreats, but all in Spanish! (See Sample Program Schedules Here)

A weekend retreat for families whose primary language is Spanish! All diabetes education and programming will be done in Spanish by native speakers who are knowledgeable about the cultural nuances that make managing T1D complex. For more information in Spanish about this program or any other program, please see our tab: “Inscribirse en Español Aqui” 

Campamento Familiar Spring Session

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February 10-12 Tier and Scholarship Information

Sliding Scale: $25 and up for full family

Tier 3: Scholarships Available

Camp Arroyo, Livermore All Ages

Family Adventure Program

DYF’s Family Adventure Program is a wonderful opportunity to accomplish something physically challenging alongside your child, while learning tools and techniques to manage diabetes in extreme situations. This program will introduce kids with T1D to the joys of backpacking. Mileage will be low, packs will be light, afternoon swims and fun evening activities will be plentiful, and diabetes support will be offered all along the way. You can expect amazing natural beauty, laughter, lake swimming, outdoor skill building, and T1D camaraderie. Although it may have challenging elements, this program is extremely rewarding and not something your family is likely to forget! 

The program is ideal for youth ages 10-17 and an adult family member who have little to no previous backpacking experience but are eager to learn. DYF will provide staff, food, and group gear for our trip. We require a pre-acceptance interview to ensure families understand the program and what is required of them.

Family Adventure Program 1

June 10-15* Tier and Scholarship Information

Pricing to be released December 2022

High Sierra Wilderness Youth 10-14 plus parent
Family Adventure Program 2 June 17-23* Tier and Scholarship Information

Pricing to be released December 2022

High Sierra Wilderness Youth 14-17 plus parent

Registration for these programs begins on January 2023 and we hope to see you there!

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

2022 Covid-19 Guidelines at DYF Programs (2023 Update Coming Soon): 

In respect for your family’s health and safety, all DYF staff and volunteers will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and we encourage eligible participants to do the same. Our COVID-19 policies for 2022 programs will be made with current information from the CDC, state and local health authorities, and under the leadership of our Healthcare Professional Advisory Board. Given the unique threat that COVID-19 poses to our community, we will likely require vaccination against COVID-19 for all participants age 18 and older. When full FDA approval is granted to younger groups (as opposed to emergency use authorization, EUA), we anticipate requiring vaccination for those younger age groups as well. Specific guidelines and requirements will be tailored to each program and released at least 30 days prior to the program start date. Should you have any concerns about these guidelines once they are released and you no longer feel comfortable attending a DYF program, we will provide you with a full refund minus the $50 non-refundable deposit and the corresponding processing fee.