Diabetic Youth Foundation Camp

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and UCSF Medical Center have partnered with the Diabetic Youth Foundation to improve the quality of life for children and teens and their families affected by diabetes. The foundation runs a Bearskin Meadow Camp in Sequoia National Forest, located about 65 miles east of Fresno, Calif.

Throughout the summer, many UCSF patients participate in the camp, staffed by members of the UCSF pediatric diabetes team.

For the past 11 years, Dr. Stephen Gitelman, director of the UCSF Pediatric Diabetes Program, has spent two to three weeks each summer at Bearskin Meadow Camp. He also attends camp conferences and fund raising events throughout the year.

Kids Camp, Teen Camp

The foundation offers specialty camp programs and offers different group activities, based on age.

A diabetes specialist lives at the camp during the summer and oversees a volunteer team of doctors, nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators, social workers, nursing students and medical students who work with our campers and families.

The team checks blood sugars before every meal and snack and whenever needed throughout the day. Each camper's insulin dose is adjusted according to activity level and carbohydrate intake.

Family Camp

There are five one-week Family Camp sessions each summer. Parents and siblings of diabetic children are welcome to attend.

Camp Fees

Participants are charged a fee that varies, depending on the number of family members attending. Siblings of diabetic children under age 3 attend free. Scholarships and transportation are available

For more information about the Diabetic Youth Foundation Camp, visit the Diabetic Youth Foundation Web site at: www.dyf.org.

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Contact the Diabetic Youth Foundation at (925) 680-4994 or by email at [email protected].

The foundation is located in Concord, Calif.