DYF Pricing Model FAQs
Can you explain the pricing model?
We are proud to offer a three-tiered pricing model for our programs, all of which result in the same impactful program experience. As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, we work hard to keep our costs low and to make our programs accessible to everyone, regardless of income. We fundraise over 1.5 million dollars each year through private donations, events, and grants in order to support our efforts to allow more children and families to experience our programs.
- Tier 1 pricing fully covers the expenses of your family’s experience at the program, including a highly-skilled medical team, qualified staff, program supplies, and facility maintenance. Please consider supporting DYF by selecting Tier 1.
- Tier 2 pricing represents a partially subsidized rate that is available to all families regardless of income level.
- Tier 3 is our scholarship program, which requires income verification and an application to determine eligibility. Learn about our scholarship parameters. If you have questions or concerns about the cost of camp or our pricing model, please give us a call at (925) 680-4994 so that we can provide assistance and get your family to camp.
What do my fees pay for?
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 effectively with children, recreational fun, and an administrative system that ensures that all regulations and requirements working with children are met. DYF owns and operates its own facility, Bearskin Meadow Camp, which is accredited by the American Camp Association and requires meeting over 360 standards for fun, safe, and effective programs.
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, or to bridge the gap between Tier 1 and Tier 2 pricing. Begin your fundraising efforts as soon as you have registered online and have a confirmed space at camp.
- Fundraising pages will close on 8/1/21. After that point, any account balance will automatically be placed on a payment plan through December if you have not reached the program’s fee by the deadline.
- No monies raised will be refunded or transferred to a future year should you cancel/not attend.
- Contributions to fundraisers for a specific camper are NOT tax-deductible, as they represent a fee for service.
How can my family help DYF?
By sharing your family’s experience at our programs and spreading the word about us, our hope is that more families will join DYF in helping to close the funding gap so that we can continue to offer a three-tiered pricing model and provide scholarship support to those who need financial assistance. DYF has a number of ways families can help support our programs. Whether you choose to make a tax-deductible donation online, attend a fundraising event, create your own fundraising event, or have connections to business and community members that can help DYF, support is valued and important. Help us to continue to provide life-changing programs to our T1D community. For more information on how you can help, contact our Development Manager, Marissa Clarke-Howard by email or call us at the office at 925-680-4994.
Can I sponsor another child to attend a DYF program?
Yes please! We believe ALL kids with T1D deserve to experience the magic and impact of diabetes camp! Please consider making a donation to DYF’s Scholarship Fund and help another child get to camp this summer. Donate Online and give the gift of camp today.
How do I register for DYF programs?
DYF utilizes a 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 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 here to protect your registration fees should you need to cancel within 30 days of the start of your camp program. You can purchase the insurance package at the time of registration or online.
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?
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 a Family Program.
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 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.
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 through the general camper application. Families must 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 notify 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 contact us 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.