How do I register for DYF programs?
DYF utilizes a completely secure online registration and form collection system called CampInTouch. With the click of a button you will be able to register for programs, fill out forms, submit payments and access helpful information. Your information will be saved year over year so that you’ll only need to update and confirm basic information each year! To register for our programs visit our DYF Camp Programs and Fees page or simply click here.
Can I register for a program without sending in a deposit? And, If I am requesting a scholarship do I need to put down a deposit?
All families, including those seeking a full scholarship must submit a deposit fee. DYF works with families and will accept payments on the deposit as long as the full deposit has been submitted 30 days prior to the beginning of the program.
Can a buddy without diabetes accompany my child to Bearskin Meadow Camp or Camp de los Niños ?
In 2017, we will offer a Bearskin Meadow Buddy Camp for ages 7-15, your T1D child may bring a buddy to share the camp experience! A buddy may also attend with your child if attending a Family Session! Camp de los Niños is only for T1D campers.
Can my child attend multiple summer and year-round programs?
Yes! We encourage participation in multiple sessions during the summer. Many of our participants find value in attending our Family Camps, while also sending their child to an independent resident program.
How do your payment plans work for your programs?
DYF offers several payment plans for any of our Kids, Teens or Family programs. Each family will be given until December 5 th to pay off camp fees. We will run your valid debit/credit card or EFT Bank Transfer on a monthly basis.
How do I apply for a Scholarship for a program?
Scholarships are limited and provided on a first come, first served basis with most programs. For each program offering a scholarship, we have a simple application process. Once you have registered for camp, you will have access to an online Scholarship Request form in your online account in the Forms & Documents section. In this form you will provide a short personal written statement of why you are in need financial aid via a scholarship. We require families to provide their latest Federal tax form 1040 or Social Security income statement or evidence of state/county aide to fulfill the financial document verification requirements. We will be notifying families via e-mail.
How soon will I be notified whether my family has been awarded a scholarship? How will you be notifying families?
Scholarship requests for our summer programs will be reviewed starting in February and every month going forward until there are no more scholarship funds. For weekend programs, we will start review requests two months before the program date up until we have used up our scholarship support. We will be notifying families via e-mail.
How many scholarships may I be awarded in one year?
One scholarship may be awarded per camper/family, per year.
I haven’t filed my taxes for last year, can I submit tax forms from a previous year?
DYF would prefer to have tax forms from the current year but if they are not available at the time you submit your scholarship request, tax forms from the previous year will do.
I haven’t worked in several years, therefore, I am not able to send in a 1040 tax form, what else can I send?
Please call the DYF office to discuss what other documentation would be acceptable to submit with your scholarship application.
If I am not rewarded my full requested scholarship amount, will my deposit be refunded?
Yes, but we do offer partial scholarships AND interest free payment plans.
How do your payment plans work for your programs?
DYF offers several payment plan options upon your online registration. We require a valid credit card or EFT through your bank. The full payment must be paid by December 5th of the current year. Installments will begin upon registration and credit cards will be processed at the beginning of every month until your fees have been paid in full. All invoices will be sent electronically via e-mail.
Can I fundraise my Camp Fees?
Yes. DYF is so happy to be able to offer families the opportunity to fundraise to offset their personal fees! Begin your fundraising efforts as soon as you have a confirmed space at camp. Be sure that you have registered online and secured your child’s spot at camp first.
Campers and families are encouraged to seek fundraising opportunities within their own communities. Click HERE to create your page and send the link to friends, families, and others asking them to support diabetes camp or visit http://www.firstgiving.com/dyf. All the money raised through your page is applied to your program fees!
- Camp registration is your responsibility. DYF cannot hold spots for fundraisers.
- Fundraising pages will close TWO WEEKS prior to program start date.
- No monies raised will be refunded or transferred to a future year should you cancel/not attend.
- Any account balance will automatically be placed on the Pay Through December Payment Plan if you have not reached the program’s “Partial Fee” goal by the deadline.
DYF Pricing Model FAQs
Has DYF changed its fees for programs?
Yes. DYF is changing its pricing model to better reflect the true cost of services provided. Since our founding in 1938, DYF has charged substantially less than actual cost of providing educational services to a child or family. In recent years, our pricing model has been based on the assumption that participant fees would cover one-third of our actual costs – the remainder coming from grants and donations. However, since 2008, grants and donations have declined, while costs for program essentials – such as food and energy – have increased dramatically. As a result, we must change our pricing model in order to sustain our great programs that change lives for those living with diabetes.
Do I have to pay the “Actual Cost”?
No. The option to pay the Actual Cost of attending programs is just that, a voluntary option. Families that have the ability to pay the actual cost of their child or family to attend are encouraged to pay the Actual cost of their child attending a specific program. The Pay through December Payment Plan is an affordable way to assist DYF by covering the Actual Fee of camp.
The “Actual Cost” of all DYF programs are significant. Why?
DYF provides one of the best educational and diabetes support programs in the country. This involves significant investments in staff training and diabetes education, participant safety, psycho-social issues working with children, recreational fun, and an administrative system that ensures that all regulations and requirements working with children are met. DYF is an accredited American Camp Association agency that requires meeting at least 360 standards for fun, safe and effective programs. In addition, DYF uses an outside audit firm each year to review all financial statements. It is those audited financial statements that are used to determine the “Actual Cost” of each program. For the last 10 years, DYF has ensured that 83% of every dollar spent goes directly to programs and services.
What do you need from my family?
By sharing the challenges DYF has to overcome in putting on life-changing programs, our hope is that families will join DYF in helping to close the funding gap for not only their children, but that DYF can continue to offer a 3 tiered pricing model and provide scholarship support to those who need the financial assistance. DYF has a number of ways families can help fund the programs of the agency. Whether you choose to attend a fundraising event, do your own event, or have connections to business and community members that can help DYF, every families support is valued and is important in making sure DYF continues to provide great programs to our community.
For more information on how you can help, contact our Development Department at the office (925-680-4994, firstname.lastname@example.org).