Come experience camp with us!


DYS Big Shots Resident Camp is the only camp of its kind in Northwest Ohio to offer a week-long outdoor adventure for teenage youth managing type 1 diabetes. Big Shots allows campers to be in a safe environment where they can grow in their knowledge and understanding of Diabetes with positive role models such as trained counselors, registered nurses, certified diabetes educators, and a registered dietician on site 24 hours a day. Parents site a dramatic improvement in attitude, carb counting and appropriate insulin coverage after their child returns from one of our camps. Kids also show an increase in willingness to try new technologies and treatments like the insulin pump and CGM. Your children are encouraged at camp to try new ways to manage their diabetes and get out of their comfort zones. Big Shots or Middle Shots may be the first time your child has been away from home and at camp we celebrate a wide verity of firsts such as first time giving themselves a shot or first time trying a new pump site. DYS has a long history of campers making friends for a lifetime. Some exciting news DYS would like to share about Big Shots this year is that we increased the age of eligible campers to seniors in high school, but under the age of 18. This allows DYS to support more of your children as they face the challenges of high school.


Recreational Activities
Wall Climbing
Talent Sharing
Arts & Crafts
Hiking & Nature Programs
Special Learning Opportunities
General Diabetes Management
Nutrition Guidelines for Life
Exercise for Health
Handling Highs and Lows
Campfire Dialogue: Coping Strategies for Teens
Diabetes and the Future
Pumps, Lantus or Levemir
Make friends with others facing the same challenges!

Mark your calendars and join us this summer.  

Big Shots Camp (grades 7-12, under age 18) – June 25-30, 2018

Middle Shots Camp (grades 4-6) – June 23-25, 2018



About Recreation Unlimited:

DYS is thrilled to be returning to Recreation Unlimited in Ashley, Ohio. Recreation Unlimited is a beautiful, 195-acre site designed exclusively for campers with health challenges. Here is a preview of just some of Recreation Unlimited’s amenities:

50-foot Alpine Tower                                                                                                                    

25-foot tree climb                                                        

Two challenge courses                                             

Aquatic center                                                                

Tennis and sports court

Softball field

New 20,000-square foot Life Center

Multi-purpose lodge

Nature trails and lake

If you have any questions about Recreation Unlimited or this year’s camps, please do not hesitate to contact us at 419.291.1234 or