2021 PROGRAM GUIDE
FOR CHILDREN & TEENS AGES 7-17 WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES
WHY CHOOSE DYF PROGRAMS? “ Camp has changed my
Premier Diabetes Education experience with type 1
Diabetes is complex, and an appointment with your doctor is never long enough. We provide quality
cutting-edge education.You will leave feeling empowered and ready to tackleT1D head on. diabetes. [[At camp]] I was
just a normal kid and
Tradition and History
We were founded in 1938 and have been providing quality, impactful programs ever since. treated like one,, which
is rare these days. Camp
Over 75% of our counselors haveT1D and many of them grew up attending our programs. created a place where I
”can be myself.
–Meghan, age 11
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DIABETES CAMP MATTERS
• Increases self-care skills;
• Provides opportunities for advanced carb counting, adjusting
insulin based on activity, trying new technology, and more;
• Allows for a traditional camp experience with the added bonus
of premier medical care;
• Creates community!
At DYF, we know what it’s like to have a high blood sugar or to wake
up in the middle of the night to treat a low.
Here, diabetes is normal and
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CAMP LOCATION “ I love everything about
Bearskin Meadow Camp camp:! Sleeping under the
Our 2021 programs are held at our facility, BMC. Located at 5,800 ft. elevation near Kings Canyon stars,, the education,,
National Park, Bearskin is in one of the most beautiful camp settings in the U.S.
At Bearskin, most participants sleep under the stars on open-air decks, with exceptions for those and being around so
who need unique accommodations. We have a dining hall, bathhouses, a pool, basketball court, an
archery range, an expansive medical building, an award-winning craft hall, and more. many inspirational
You’ll be sure to find a welcoming community and quality programming.
people. There is nothing
I would change about
Teaching real-world skills in the camp setting builds
confidence for managingT1D at home. camp. Every person with
An environment that is free from diabetes judgment does
amazing things for self-confidence and for future diabetes T1D needs to experience
Challenging our campers builds resilience. Whether that’s ”Bearskin Meadow.
being away from home for the first time, going on a hard
hike, or putting in your first pump site; working through –Larissa, age 16
challenges in a safe environment will pay off long-term.
Diabetes is HARD! At camp, kids can be kids!
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WE KNOW DIABETES
MEDICAL STAFF are always plentiful at COUNSELORS go through extensive training Whether you are newly diagnosed or are
DYF programs! and are well versed in our protocols and many years in, you will walk away with
At independent camps, a nurse is assigned diabetes care. Most of them haveT1D new knowledge, tips and tricks, and more
to every 10 campers, as well as 2-3 lead themselves, so they also practice what they confidence than when you arrived.
physicians who oversee the session. preach.
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2021 Camp Dates and fees
*Please note: 2021 programmatic offerings have been adjusted to best adapt to COVID-19 safety protocols.
SESSION dates ages fees
Leaders in Training – Session 1 June 21-25 16-17 Tier 1: $1,375 | Tier 2: $750
Kids Camp June 21-25 7-12 Tier 1: $1,375 | Tier 2: $750
Leaders in Training – Session 2 June 28 - July 2 16-17 Tier 1: $1,375 | Tier 2: $750
Kids Camp June 28 - July 2 12-13 Tier 1: $1,375 | Tier 2: $750
Teen Camp 1 July 5-9 14-15 Tier 1: $1,375 | Tier 2: $750
High Altitude Adventure July 11-19 *pending permits 13-16 Tier 1: $2,125 | Tier 2: N/A
Program July 12-16 14-16 Tier 1: $1,375 | Tier 2: $750
Teen Camp 2
Teen Camp 3 July 19-23 16-17 Tier 1: $1,375 | Tier 2: $750
Kids Camp + Buddy Camp July 26-30 7-12 Tier 1: $1,375 | Tier 2: $750
Altitude 14,505 July 26 - August 8 *pending permits 15-17 Tier 1: $3,125 | Tier 2: N/A
Buddy Camp August 2-6 7-13 Tier 1: $1,375 | Tier 2: $750
See page 9 for program Scholarships available during application
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CURRENT Camp PROGRAMS -part 1
Independent Camps: Registration Open April 10 – April 30, 2021
These sessions are perfect for kids who are ready to go to camp without their parents, and for parents who are in need of a week off from
diabetes! At all of our independent programs, campers are grouped with peers into pods with two or more counselors and a healthcare
Buddy Camp: Ages 7-13 Kids Camp: Ages 7-13 Teen Camp: Ages 13-17
A unique program built for kids who want to A full week for kids withT1D, Kids Camp Our most popular program,Teen Camp
share the diabetes camp experience with a offers an away-from-home environment that offers lots of fun. We often see teenagers
buddy without T1D. We see lots of siblings, is safe, comfortable, and fun. Our medical who start the week resistant to the idea of
cousins, and best friends coming together to staff can help with site changes, shots, and diabetes camp and end the week not wanting
this session. carb counting, so don’t worry if your child to leave! With their cohorts, teens will have
needs additional support. the opportunity to participate in a variety of
Being a buddy means that our campers activities, and engage in new experiences
without T1D get to learn a lot about diabetes, Packed with fun camp activities and special together with friends.
all while participating in traditional camp programs, there will be something for
activities like tie dye, night hikes, and everyone to enjoy and new experiences to Near the end of the program the full camp
swimming. try together! participates in a modifiedTeen Ed Day;
a program filled with presentations by
medical professionals and recognizedT1D
community members to better equip teens
for the world outside of camp.
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“ This was my daughter’s second year at kids’ camp,
and her second year with T1D. Again, she came back
more independent,, responsible,, and engaged in
”managing her diabetes.
– Kid’s Camp Parent
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“ It was amazing to be on a backpacking adventure with
others living with T1D. I learned that I could walk for
so far and long. All I had to do was take one step at a
”time,... with the help of my new friends!.
– Altitude 14,505 participant participant, age 15
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CURRENT Camp PROGRAMS -part 2
Specialty Programs: Applications Open March 20 – April 10, 2021
These sessions are unique programs that focus on adventure and leadership, while building skills, community, and connection with
others in the group. Campers are supervised and mentored by program and medical staff, while working to gain new experiences
and confidence in their own management skills. While no specific prerequisite experiences or skills are required for these programs,
applicants will go through an interview process to ensure they are committed and invested in the program.
High Altitude Adventure Altitude 14,505: Leaders-in-Training: Ages 16-17
Program: Ages 13-16 Ages 15-17
This program is perfect for teens with and
The High Altitude Adventure Program is Eleven teens with diabetes, ages 15-17 will without diabetes who are ready to take the
ideal for teens who are adventurous and are gather at Bearskin Meadow Camp to prepare next step in developing their leadership
ready to challenge themselves in the great to embark on a 14,505 foot, 75+ mile journey, skills. LIT begins with an application
outdoors!This backpacking trip is not for the to the highest peak in the lower 48 states. and interview process in the spring, and
faint of heart. culminates with a week at camp learning
The group will spend the first couple of how to be an effective leader and working
Previous back country experience is not days at Bearskin Meadow Camp, and then with our younger campers.
required, and pre-trip virtual training, depart for 9 days on the trail with the goal
socializing and support will be provided. of summiting Mt. Whitney. Participants Many of our awesome camp staff are
will need a high level of fitness, stamina, graduates of the LIT program!
*Exact dates and location are pending and determination to complete the trip.
permits and are planned to be provided prior Applicants must submit a supplemental *Our 2021 program is modified due to
to participant selection. application, and complete an interview COVID-19. DYF will offer 2 identical program
prior to enrollment. Pre-trip virtual training, sessions where previous LIT participation is
socializing and support will be provided. not required.
*Exact dates and location are pending
permits and are planned to be provided prior
to participant selection.
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FAQ's for bearskin meadow camp and covid-19
Details for camp may change as we get closer to summer and receive more guidelines about how to reduce COVID-19 risk. Our
Medical Board will be consulted throughout the planning process. Please see our Camp FAQ’s for questions not related to COVID-19.
WILL THERE BE COHORTS? HOW MUCH TIME WILL MY CHILD BE WILL MY CHILD NEED TO BE
Yes. Campers will stay with their INDOORS? TESTED FOR COVID-19 BEFORE
cohort for the entire session. Cohorts Very little! A great thing about CAMP?
will not mix and campers should be Bearskin Meadow Camp is that most The safety of the campers is our
prepared to do all activities within of it is already set up for outdoor top priority and we are continuing
their cohort. Each cohort will have living. Campers will be eating to learn about how testing may be
its own restroom building, sleeping outdoors, sleeping under the stars, implemented to compliment our
deck, and outdoor eating area. and doing all activities in the fresh other COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
mountain air, while following social We have not yet determined the
CAN I DROP MY CHILD OFF AT distancing protocols! Campers may optimal testing strategy but we will
CAMP? be indoors in our medical building give families as much notice as we
Our current plan is that everyone will if they become ill, but masking and can should we require tests before
take a bus to and from camp. Given distancing will be required. camp.
the changing guidance with COVID-19
this may change as we evaluate the WILL MY CHILD NEED TO WEAR A WILL THERE BE DAILY HEALTH
safest way to operate this summer. MASK? SCREENINGS?
We will give families as much notice Yes. Masks will be worn by all people Yes. Campers and staff will be
as possible so you can best prepare on camp at all times other than screened daily with a temperature
and we will, at a minimum, offer during sleeping, eating, swimming, check and symptom questionnaire.
transportation to those who need it. and showering. We ask that families This will take place every morning
provide 2 clean masks per day. before activities begin.
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WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF A CAMPER WHAT IF A CAMPER TESTS POSITIVE U.S. Forest Service information: Bearskin Meadow
OR STAFF TESTS POSITIVE FOR UPON RETURNING HOME? Camp is an equal opportunity program because
COVID-19 WHILE AT CAMP? We ask parents to notify us as soon acceptance and participation in the program
Our Medical Board is working on as possible if their camper tests are the same for everyone without regard to
developing best practice protocols positive for COVID-19 within 14 days race, color, religion, national origins, age, sex or
that can be realistically implemented of returning home from camp. We handicap. Discrimination in any form is strictly
at camp and details will be released will notify all parents of campers against the agency policy and should be reported
as we get closer to summer. Cohorts within that cohort. to the Secretary of Agriculture. Bearskin Meadow
allow us to contact trace and we will Camp operates under a special permit from the
notify parents of any positive cases WILL IT STILL FEEL LIKE CAMP? Sequoia National Forest.
within their child’s cohort. Yes! Having fun while staying safe
is a priority for any camp session, Bearskin Meadow Camp is
I UNDERSTAND THE PERMISSION and 2021 is no exception. Some accredited by the American
FOR OVERNIGHT CAMPS TO programs may look different as we Camp Association.
OPERATE IN THE STATE OF keep cohorts together instead of DYF is a member of the
CALIFORNIA IS CURRENTLY ONLY doing the large group activities we’ve Diabetes Education &
ALLOWED IN COUNTIES WITHIN done in the past, but favorites like Camping Association.
THE RED, ORANGE, AND YELLOW archery, swimming, crafts, sports,
TIERS. WHAT HAPPENS IF FRESNO and diabetes education will all still be www.facebook.com/DYFt1d
COUNTY IS NOT IN A QUALIFYING included. We’ll release the program www.instagram.com/dyf_t1d
TIER AND THE PROGRAM MUST BE schedule before camp so everyone
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Please see our cancellation policy.
DOES MY CHILD NEED TO MODIFY
BEHAVIOR BEFORE CAMP?
We may ask that families modify
behavior in the 10-14 days leading
up to camp in order to reduce
risk of exposure to COVID-19. We
will communicate with families
in advance regarding these
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