Family Retreat

January 14-15, 2023

Please register by December 30, 2022

What is DYS Family Retreat?

Diabetes Youth Services began the Family Retreat in Winter of 2002 as a place for families to kick back, relax, and connect with other families facing daily struggles with diabetes. More than 10 years later, we are so excited to bring this program back filled with exciting games, interactive teamwork challenges, and so much more. Our goal for the 2023 Family Retreat is to strengthen family ties relating to diabetes and and know there are a network of other families for support.


The 2023 Family Retreat will be a 24-hour retreat on MLK Jr. weekend, surrounded by the peaceful atmosphere at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center, a 100+ year old building that brings calmness and tranquility for a true retreat experience.

Why bring Family Retreat back?

According to a January 2022 study by the CDC, there has been a significant increase in the diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes (T1D) since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The community need is a great as ever for families living with diabetes to realize they are not alone and bring awareness to support systems to help along the way. We are excited to have teamed up with medical professionals and licensed social workers to create a jam-packed schedule for the whole family to enjoy!

Family Retreat Sample Schedule:

Note: 2023 schedule is not confirmed

Saturday January 14

11:00a-12:00p: Arrive/Check In

12:00-1:00p: Lunch/Welcome

1:15-2:45p: Opening Icebreaker

2:45-4:00p- Breakout Sessions (Parents/Siblings/Grandparents/etc.)

4:00-4:30p- Break/Snack

5:30-6:15p- Outdoor activity (weather permitting)

6:45-7:30p- Dinner

7:45-9:15p- Movie night

9:15-11p- Free Time

11:00p-Lights Out!

Sunday January 15

8:30-9:15a- Wake Up/Pack

9:30-10:30a- Breakfast

10:30-11:30a- Breakout Sessions (Family Unit)

11:45-12:15p- Closing Ceremony/Group Picture

12:30-1:00p- Load Car/Depart


Family Retreat Fee: $50/person

Ages 4 and under: Free

Diabetes Youth Services has partnered with the Northwest Ohio Diabetic Childrens Fund to provide scholarships for this event. When completing registration, please complete the Family Retreat Scholarship and Payment Plan Form to apply for for full and partial scholarships.


Questions about scholarships and payment plans? Contact [email protected] or call 419.291.1234 for more information.

Want to participate as Retreat Staff?

We will be accepting applications until December 15, 2023. All applicants must be at least 18 years old to be on staff. Please email [email protected] if interested. Thank you!