Big Shots Camp

Camp Dates: June 19-23, 2023

Designed for campers ages 13-17

What is Big Shots?

Big Shots camp is simply fun! Campers make friendships that they will cherish for a lifetime with friends who face the same challenges they do with their Type 1 diabetes. Designed specifically for campers aged 13-17, it combines traditional summer camp activities with fun and interactive diabetes education. This 5 night resident camp experience is designed for the T1D in mind. Activities include:

  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Archery
  • Tye Dye and Crafts
  • 50 ft Alpine Tower
  • Talent Show
  • 80s- Themed Closing Activity (changes according to theme)
  • Water Slide/Slip N Slide
"My daughter had a great experience, met others like her, and gained a better attitude towards diabetes."
Camper Parent
Big Shots 2022

Our staff is comprised of nurse practitioners, nurses, CDE’s (certified diabetes educators), young adult counselors, a registered dietitian, and mental health support staff. Most of our staff manage diabetes or treat patients with type 1 diabetes every day. Nearly all our counselors live with Type 1 themselves! They are highly qualified and are great mentors to our campers. Ordinary interactions become diabetes teaching moments — we don’t need a classroom!

Included in the schedule for the week is diabetes education. We conduct hands-on activities and watch for real life education opportunities to teach diabetes skills such as practicing carb counting, trying new injection sites, cooking classes and opportunities to ask about growing up with Type 1 diabetes. We combined fun games and group discussions to make sure that the campers leave camp with extra tools to manage their disease.

We strive to make sure that every kid is having fun and learning at camp. We are proud that 100% of our camper parents would recommend camp to another family. If you have questions or concerns about Big Shots Camp, please contact our Camp Director, at 419.291.1238 or [email protected]

A typical day at camp looks like:

9:00 am – Breakfast/Dosing

10:00 am – Canoeing/Paddle Boating | Archery | Craft

12:45 pm – Lunch/Dosing

2:00 pm – Swimming

3:00 pm – Snack/Change/Break

3:30 pm – Free Time | Alpine Tower| Softball

5:45 pm – Break

6:30 pm – Dinner/Dosing

7:30 pm – Group Discussion – Teen Issues & Diabetes

8:30 pm – Snack/Talent Show

10:30 pm – Cabin Time

11:30 pm – Lights out

Big Shots Resident Camp Fee: $600

Campers in the past 3 years:
Identify new tools relating to T1D care 87%
Showed improvements in attitude towards Type 1 diabetes 89%
Had a meaningful experience at DYS Hot Shots Camp 100%
Parents felt camp met or exceeded expectations 100%

Pictures from Big Shots 2022: Around the World