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T1D Buddy Camp

T1D Buddy Camp is a program of Type 1 Oregon, a non-profit founded in 2018, whose mission is to offer an active, inspiring, supportive, and creative community for kids and teens with T1D [and their buddies] so they will in turn become leaders and mentors for their peers. Originally founded in 2014 as On Belay TYpe 1 Diabetes Camp, with Camp Tamarack's On Belay TY Foundation as our fiscal sponsor, we are excited by the opportunity to expand and offer new programs and support to the kids, young adults, and families of our T1D community.

This summer, we invite T1D campers to bring  more than one sibling or friend to Buddy Camp. In this way we hope to grow awareness and support for the T1D community.



2019 dates will be announced soon! 

For kids and teens with type 1 diabetes entering grades 3 through 12 and their buddies [friends and siblings]. T1D Buddy Camp offers a unique opportunity to challenge your outdoor skills while improving your diabetes self care, and make lasting friendships, all by the shores of Dark Lake in beautiful Central Oregon. Scholarships and shuttles from downtown Bend are available. 


program staff & teen leaders

Camp Tamarack provides the program staff and counselors who run both the Outdoor School and summer camp programs at the facility and train the high-school-aged student leaders who serve as cabin leaders in the summer. T1D teens make awesome mentors for the younger kids both at Outdoor School and in the summer camps. If you are a teen who would like to attend T1D Buddy Camp as a cabin leader, click here:


medical staff volunteers

The medical staff implements the diabetes care for all campers. "Dr. Hip Hop" (Eden Miller, DO) and "Tie Dye" (Rita Shearer, RN, CDE), train and oversee a wide-ranging team of volunteers including school nurses, local RNs, doctors, medical students, etc. For more information on this rewarding opportunity, click here:

Frequently asked questions


my child loves T1D BUDDY camp, and wants to go more often! Can she?

Right now, we are only able to offer one session of summer camp each year. Check out our friends at Chris Dudley Basketball Camp and Gales Creek Camp for more type 1 diabetes camp options in Oregon.


can my camper use his cgm at camp? how does it work?

T1D Buddy Camp encourages campers to use their CGMs while at camp. We aim to help them to improve their self-care while being active and adventurous, using the diabetes equipment they routinely have available. Please send all supplies, including receiver and charger. 


we'd really like to send our kids to t1d buddy camp, but we live pretty far from central oregon. where can we stay while they are at camp?

Now it's your turn to have some fun. Plan a getaway for the rest of the family, while your kids are safely enjoying camp. Here are some resources to get you started: Black Butte Ranch, Camp Sherman, and Suttle Lake Lodge are each just minutes away. For options throughout Central Oregon contact VisitBend or Visit Central Oregon