DYF Independent Programs 2022

Independent Camps are ideal for youth with T1D who are ready to spend some time away from their family and gain some independence. Independent Camps also offer a much-needed reprieve to parents who are exhausted from 24/7 diabetes management. Kids will have a traditional summer camp in a safe environment surrounded by diabetes experts including camp staff with T1D, nurses, endocrinologists, general practitioners, dieticians, and certified diabetes specialists. All diabetes care will be fully supervised by our medical team and help with injections, pump and CGM site changes, and BG monitoring will be provided on varying levels based on each child’s comfort level. 

Please feel free to call our office to discuss the right fit for your child so that we can ensure they are set up for success. Independent camp requires a certain level of maturity and readiness that not all kids currently have. We do generally suggest at least one year of Family Camp for families new to T1D and/or DYF, particularly if the child is on the younger side. 

Tiered Pricing & Scholarship Information

Leaders in Training

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

We are proud to offer a two-year Leaders-in Training (LIT) Program at Bearskin Meadow Camp. Participants may or may not have type I diabetes. Many graduates of the LIT program become paid summer staff at BMC once they turn 18!

Due to the necessary advanced preparation time for these specialized programs and a pre-acceptance interview for all applicants, the application window for the LIT programs is January 5th-28th, 2022. All applicants who apply during this window will receive an interview regardless of the order in which applications are received. Participants will be selected and notified by March.

LIT 1The first year of the LIT program is for 16- and 17-year-olds and focuses on general leadership qualities and skills. The first week will be spend doing teambuilding activities and shadowing camp staff while the second week will put those new skills to the test with integration into the kids’ groups at Family Camp for junior counselor responsibilities.

New Campers – Register Here

Returning Campers – Register Here

LIT 1 July 23-August 4 Tier 1: $3,000

Tier 2: $1,500

Tier 3: Scholarships Available

BMC 16-17

LIT 2 Year two of the LIT program is for 17-year old’s who have successfully completed LIT I the year prior. The program starts off at Staff Training as the LITs learn alongside the summer staff in topics such as advanced diabetes management, child development, and risk management. Some LIT-only fun will take place during the break between the end of Staff Training and the start of Kids Camp but then the challenge will really begin! LITs will be assigned a Kids Camp group and camp staff mentors to spend the week with; they will be in full counselor mode while learning in real time what it takes to care for a group of young kids with type I diabetes at summer camp. LITs will be challenged and will experience a lot of personal growth during this impactful program. 

New Campers – Register Here

Returning Campers – Register Here

LIT 2 (previous LIT program experience required) June 15-24 Tier 1: $2,800

Tier 2: $1,400

Tier 3: Scholarships Available

BMC 17

Camp de Los Niños

Camp de Los Niños is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this program is a great local option for kids and teens.

Camp de Los Niños (CDLN) is a fast-paced, high-energy week in the Santa Cruz Mountains for kids and teens with type I diabetes. Kids Camp for ages 7-13 will run concurrently with Teen Camp for ages 14-17 with some activities involving the whole camp and others split by age. Activities include swimming, sports, zip lining, hiking, a rock wall, art, group games, diabetes education and more. Camp de Los Niños offers indoor cabins which may be more comfortable for youth without experience sleeping in the outdoors. Chartered bus transportation from San Jose, CA is included in the price of camp. (See Sample Schedule Here)

New Campers – Register Here

Returning Campers – Register Here

Camp de Los Niños June 20-25 Tier 1: $2,000

Tier 2: $1,000

Tier 3: Scholarships Available

Loma Mar 7-17

Kids Camp

Kids Camp offers a safe, comfortable, and fun away-from-home experience for kids with T1D.

Kids Camp at BMC is for youth with T1D ages 7-13 who are ready for an outdoor adventure in the Sierras! Kids will be grouped with peers their same age and always have camp counselors with them. Medical staff will join each group for meals, diabetes education sessions, and as needed. Campers will do fun activities such as archery, swimming, sports, art, campfires, and more. Everyone sleeps under the stars on open-air decks at Bearskin Meadow Camp, so Kids Camp is a good option for those who have some experience with camping and feel comfortable with an all-outdoor environment. Chartered bus transportation from San Francisco, San Jose, Concord, Fresno, Sacramento, and Modesto is included in the price of camp. (See Sample Schedule Here)

New Campers – Register Here

Returning Campers – Register Here

Kids Camp June 20-24 Tier 1: $1,600

Tier 2: $800

Tier 3: Scholarships Available

BMC 7-13

Teen Camp

At Teen Camp, 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.

Our first session of Teen Camp is for 13–15-year-olds with T1D who want to gain some diabetes independence and make lifelong friendships with new “diabuddies.” With activities and a structure similar to Kids Camp but with an older group, Teen Camp will be fun, safe, and offer the joys of camp and community that this age group often desperately needs. A Teen Education Day will be provided by our Medical Team where teens will learn important skills for managing their diabetes in the real world. Chartered bus transportation from San Francisco, San Jose, Concord, Fresno, Sacramento, and Modesto is included in the price of camp. (See Sample Schedule Here)

New Campers – Register Here

Returning Campers – Register Here

Teen Camp 1 June 27-July 1 Tier 1: $1,600

Tier 2: $800

Tier 3: Scholarships Available

BMC 13-15

Teen Camp 2 is a longer program for our older teens with T1D, ages 15-17. Teens will choose a program area of interest to them and focus on developing those skills while at camp along with peers with similar interests. Program areas include Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Sports, and Wilderness (day hikes and backpacking). Teen Camp 2 will have a Teen Education Day led by our medical team with important diabetes-related topics including the transition to college, sex and birth control, and drugs and alcohol. Chartered bus transportation from San Francisco, San Jose, Concord, Fresno, Sacramento, and Modesto is included in the price of camp.

New Campers – Register Here

Returning Campers – Register Here

Teen Camp 2 July 8-15 Tier 1: $2,600

Tier 2: $1,300

Tier 3: Scholarships Available

BMC 15-17

Buddy Camp

Buddy Camp is a unique program built for kids who want to share the diabetes camp experience with a non-type 1 buddy or sibling. (See Sample Schedule Here)

New Campers – Register Here

Returning Campers – Register Here

Buddy Camp July 17-21 Tier 1: $1,600

Tier 2: $800

Tier 3: Scholarships Available

BMC 7-15

Registration for these programs begins on January 5th 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: 

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.