Frequently asked questions
Overall Camp Medical Program
The medical program is designed to impart self-management skills, which can lead to a longer and healthier life. All cabins are fully enclosed to accommodate eight to eleven youth and a trained counselor. Attendance at these sessions is restricted to youth and teens with insulin-dependent diabetes.
Youth & Teen Camp Sessions
Days are a mix of cabin-group based activities and free-choice periods. Younger children spend the majority of the time with their cabin-mates while older campers have a greater amount of choice in their activities, although they are supervised at all times. Campers report that while they enjoy the activities, they particularly value the chance to get to know other kids with diabetes. Watching other campers check their blood sugars, take their insulin, deal with high and low blood sugars and talking with them about how they handle their diabetes in terms of school, athletics, peers and families are some of the most powerful learning opportunities which occur during camp.
Youth & Teen Session Transportation
Transportation to and from camp is provided for all youth and teen sessions free of charge and is encourage, as the bonds start at while on the bus with your cabin. The bus stop is at the Don Day Neighborhood Center located at 14501 Live Oak Avenue Fontana, CA 92337. This is located near the intersection of Interstates 10 and 15. Families must provide their own transportation for all family camp sessions.
Family Camp Sessions
Because Diabetes is a condition impacting the entire family, Diabetes Camping and Educational Services, Inc. program enables families to learn about diabetes and share common experiences with other families in a fun and supportive environment. Our top notch program includes workshops on diabetes, parenting issues for adults, stress management, and activities for the whole family.
Family Camp Medical Staff
There is on-site Medical Staff throughout the entire session. All meals and snacks are carefully planned and provided. Family camps begin at lunch, run for three (3) nights, and conclude after breakfast on the final day. Generally, approximately two families, depending on each of their sizes, share a cabin during family camps.
Transition Family Camp Session
Going away for the first time to a sleep-away camp can be challenging for any child. It is even more challenging for a child with diabetes. To assist in helping the parent and child adjust to the experiences at Camp Conrad Chinnock, a Transition Family Camp is available for children 7 to 12 years old and their families. Transition Family Camp immediately precedes "The first Youth Session" for the same age group. It begins Saturday morning and ends after breakfast on Monday. The Youth Session begins the same day as the Transition Family Camp ends. Ideally, the child with diabetes will stay for the Youth Session if the child, parent(s), and camp staff feel it is suitable for the child.
Counselor In Training (CIT) Program
The Leadership Training Program is open to teenagers ages 17 to 19, with or without diabetes, has an application process. Qualifications we look for in our counselors in training are teens that can demonstrate a level of maturity that enables them to assume responsibility and develop strong leadership skills.
Family Winter Camp
Because Diabetes is a condition impacting the entire family, Diabetes Camping and Educational Services, and the PADRE Foundation program enables families to learn about diabetes and share common experiences with other families in a fun and supportive environment. Our top-notch program includes workshops on diabetes, parenting issues for adults, stress management, and activities for the whole family. Medical staff is on-site throughout the entire session. All meals and snacks are carefully planned and provided.
Teen Winter Camp
Teen Winter Camp features team-building challenges, discussions regarding diabetes and life as a teenager, snow sledding, campfires, snacks, good company, snow fights, games, and a variety of opportunities for personal growth. Anyone attending the weekend must bring their own diabetes supplies and medications. Medical staff will be on-site and monitoring their diabetes control throughout the weekend.
Teen Winter Camp Bring A Buddy
During Teen Winter Camp, campers with diabetes can share their camp and diabetes experiences by inviting a friend or sibling without diabetes to attend camp for the weekend. The friend or sibling must pay the fee and complete all necessary registration information. To be placed in the same cabin, the campers must be of the same gender and within one year of age between each other.
About Camp and the National Forest
Camp Conrad-Chinnock is operated under special use permit with the San Bernardino National Forest. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, Camp Conrad-Chinnock is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination: write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.