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.
What is DYF’s Refund Policy?
A cancellation at least 30 days prior to the start of your camp program will result in a full refund minus the $50 non-refundable deposit. We are unable to refund camp fees within the 30 days prior to camp, as we have already done the staff hiring and purchasing of program supplies, food, etc. needed for your camper(s) to attend.We strongly encourage all participants to purchase the 3rd party insurance package described below to protect your registration fees should you need to cancel within 30 days of the start of your camp program.*Link to Program Protector Service through CampMinder*
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 ?
Yes! We offer a Buddy Camp at Bearskin Meadow for ages 7-15 where your child with T1D 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 campers with T1D.
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. Your scholarship request is now processed directly through your Camper Application. 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. These documents must be submitted within 7 days of applying.
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 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 on June 1st – you can then utilize the interest free payment plan if your account still has a balance due.
- 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.
The “Full Fee” of all DYF programs is 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. 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).