Why Camp?


Let’s face it – living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) can be a lot of work. DYF programs provide a safe environment where kids can just be kids. At camp, EVERYONE GETS IT! We understand how an out of range blood sugar makes you feel, how complicated it can be explaining T1D to your friends, or needing to take a quick break to treat a low. Camp creates a community of resilient heroes that are all facing this condition TOGETHER.

“We just wouldn’t be the people we are today without diabetes and without camp.”

DYF provides children, teens, and families the encouragement and education that living with type 1 requires. Since 1938, we have provided a camp experience and a “home away from home” for tens of thousands of children and families affected by T1D.

Hear what some of our campers have to say

“[At camp] there are just so many people supporting you and helping you to do the best you can in your life. It’s just a great place.”

“Camp has shown me that it is really important to embrace diabetes, you shouldn’t hide it.”

“There are other people who are going through the same thing, who have the same issues, camp’s one of a kind!”’

Still not convinced?  Check out additional stories about diabetes camp!

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