FAQs and Forms


General Questions

How do I apply for a Campership (camper scholarship/tuition assistance)?

As part of the registration process for each camp you will be asked if you would like to apply for a scholarship. If you click 'yes', finish completing the camper registration form and you will be automatically redirected to another page that asks about specific tuition assistance needs. 

Scholarship recipients will be notified via email.

There is also an option to create a fundraiser page for your camper so they can reach out to friends and family for additional donations directly to their camp tuition. This is also part of the camper registration process so follow all prompts carefully. 

Please contact the Campership Committee with questions at stix@stixdiabetes.org

Can my friend or sibling come with me to camp?

Space permitting, non-diabetic friends and siblings are welcome to register for our camps, although priority will be given to campers with diabetes. Be sure to have your friend or sibling sign up by the deadline!

Can I attend more than one camp (I.E. Camp STIX and Adventure Camp)?

Campers who are age 16 or older and attend Camp STIX as either a Junior Counselor or as a camper are welcome to also register for Adventure Camp. However, you may only receive a camper scholarship from STIX Diabetes Programs for tuition to one camp. However, you are certainly welcome to raise funds on your own using our camper-specific fundraiser pages. If you attend Camp STIX as a Junior Counselor, you are still eligible for a scholarship to Adventure Camp. Please email stix@stixdiabetes.org with any questions regarding this policy. 

I would like to volunteer at camp, are staff members paid?

Payment is abundant in smiles, hugs, and a ton of amazement watching the transformation of some remarkable kids.  There is no monetary compensation but room, board, and T-shirt costs are all covered.

STIX Diabetes Programs is "community-owned" meaning that all funds are raised in the community and our camps are administered and run with 100% volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for any of our camps, please visit our Volunteer Registration page to begin the volunteer application process.

When is the deadline for staff applications?

Each year we are looking for volunteers for all three of our camps--STIX, TWIGS, and Adventure Camp--to help us in the kitchen (DISH), on our medical team (MASH) and on our Program staff (counselors).  The application process for volunteers is through this website.  We'd love to have you apply -- it's a great opportunity for service and for joy!

Check out the Events Page for exact staff registration dates for each camp. Slots fill quickly, be prompt and don't miss out!

Is my donation tax deductible?

STIX Diabetes Programs is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization (EIN 91-2077207). All donations are tax-deductible as provided by law. However, a payment on a camper's behalf is NOT considered a tax deductible donation and rather is a private donation to that specific camper.

Can I donate unused insulin, testing supplies, and/or pump supplies to any of the camps?

First, thank you so much for thinking of STIX Diabetes Programs! Unfortunately, federal law prohibits the transfer of prescription medication to any person other than the patient for whom it is prescribed. There are several things that play into these laws including storage requirements, products involving blood and insurance copays. We are very fortunate to have donations from insulin, pump and 3rd party companies who help us procure the supplies we need for camp. As an alternative, please consider Insulin for Life at https://ifl-usa.org. They are specially licensed to accept donations of diabetes supplies. Again, we are grateful for your support!

Camp STIX

When is camp?

Camp STIX is held once yearly usually during the end of June. Check our "Upcoming Events" on the homepage for exact dates. The volunteer staff starts camp 2 days earlier than the campers for orientation and training.

Where is camp?

We are very fortunate to have Camp STIX at YMCA-Camp Reed on Fan Lake 30 miles north of Spokane. For directions to YMCA-Camp Reed please click HERE

Is my child old enough to attend camp?

Camp STIX serves kids age 9-16 years old for a week-long overnight experience. Please consider reviewing Measures for Success to determine which camp is right for your child. 

What if my child has allergies?

Camp STIX is peanut-free as of 2019. Camp STIX also offers a Specialty Diets option for any campers with specific food allergies including but not limited to gluten, dairy, certain nuts, specific fruits, etc. Our DISH staff is highly dedicated to avoiding cross contamination and we are able to accommodate most (if not all) food allergies. Please contact our Specialty Diets Chair at campstixspecialtydish@stixdiabetes.org for specific questions about food allergies or our Medical Director at campstixmash@stixdiabetes.org for all other allergy related questions.

Our medical staff for all camps are trained in the use of epi-pens and necessary treatments for allergic reactions. You will complete a health questionnaire about your child's specific allergies as part of the camper application process so we can best care for your child in the event of a reaction. 

Can I leave camp early?

It is our current policy that campers may only leave early on the last day of camp--typically a Saturday--starting at 7am. We also require advance notice from the parents so that our medical and counseling staff can be prepared for an efficient and thorough check-out process.

We realize this may inconvenience some families who wish to participate in Hoopfest, which we fully support our STIX community being a part of. However, given the close proximity to Spokane that our new location provides, an early Saturday morning check-out is still sufficient to also participate in Hoopfest. 

As for volunteers, we typically require that volunteers are available for the full week of camp for consistent training and safety purposes. However this is up to each individual department director and how they choose to build their team of staff, so please don't hesitate to apply and let us know which days you can participate!

Can I send mail to my Camper?

Absolutely! Letters will be happily accepted and should be addressed as follows:
Camper Name, Camp STIX
c/o YMCA Camp Reed
Route 3, Box 252
Deer Park, WA 99006

CARE PACKAGE POLICY  Due to our nut-free policy, and to be consistent with the practices of our host site, we will do not allow care packages. Unfortunately they frequently contain nut products, or items that are potentially cross contaminated, and due to the ongoing risk to vulnerable campers, we cannot allow packages at camp. If a care package is received at camp, it will be held on-site and will be available for pick-up on the last day.  Thank you for your understanding of this matter.

You may also wish to bring dated letters to be delivered on designated dates, there will be a drop-off bin at check-in. 

Campers will not be able to send out e-mail or texts but they can send outgoing mail.  Please provide your camper with postage and envelopes if you would like to receive mail from them.  

Mail will be distributed once each day. The camp email will not be used to deliver personal messages to campers or volunteers.

Camp TWIGS

When is camp?

Camp TWIGS is also held once yearly, usually in July or August over a 3-day weekend. Volunteers typically arrive a few hours ahead of campers for orientation and setup. 

Where is camp?

Camp TWIGS is held at Camp Dart-Lo in Spokane.

Is my child old enough to attend camp?

Camp TWIGS is a 3-day day-camp that serves kids 6-8 years old. Please consider reviewing Measures for Success to determine which camp is right for your child. 

What if my child has allergies?

Camp TWIGS is peanut free as of 2019. While we do not provide lunches we do provide snacks and low treatments that are gluten free, peanut free, and an options for some dairy free. If your camper has multiple food allergies you may wish to send your child with their own snacks. 

Our medical staff are trained in the use of epi-pens and necessary treatments for allergic reactions. You will complete a health questionnaire about your child's specific allergies as part of the camper application process so we can best care for your child in the event of a reaction. 

Can I leave camp early?

Please coordinate any plans for early departure with the Camp Director at camptwigs@stixdiabetes.org

As for volunteers, we typically require that volunteers are available for the days that camp is hosted for consistent training and safety purposes. However this is up to the director's discretion,  so please don't hesitate to apply and let us know which days you can participate!

When is check in and check out?

Check in on the first day of camp (Friday) starts at 8:30am for registration.  Main registration is situated outside of the Mini MASH building. You will then be escorted into Mini-MASH to complete check in with your camper's designated health care  (MASH) team. On Saturday and Sunday check in begins at 9:00am. Check out is at 4:00pm on all 3 days of camp. On Sunday only we have parent/family time which begins at 2pm.

Is it necessary to check in and check out with med staff every day?

 YES. In order to get any updated information, your supplies, and daily progress updates on your camper, you MUST check-in AND check-out with MASH Staff in Mini-MASH daily. During check-in you will need to provide us with the name and phone number of the person who will be picking your child up from camp.

Does my child need a physician release if they do not have diabetes?

All campers attending camp require a physician’s release form. This is to ensure that your camper has a safe and happy experience at camp. This also lets the Mini-MASH staff know of any medical conditions/allergies that may impact your child at camp

Adventure Camp

When is camp?

Adventure Camp is held during a long weekend in August. Volunteers typically arrive a few hours ahead of camper arrival for transportation to the chosen location.

Adventure Camp 2020 is August 6-9, 2020. 

Where is camp?

Adventure Camp will be held in a different location each year, follow us on Facebook or check back on the website periodically for updates.

Adventure Camp 2020 is a 4-day weekend camping and rafting trip on the Salmon River near Riggins, ID.

Is my child old enough to attend camp?

Adventure camp--new in 2019-- will serve our campers age 16-19! Please consider reviewing Measures for Success to determine which camp is right for your child.

What if my child has allergies?

Our medical staff are trained in the use of epi-pens and necessary treatments for allergic reactions. You will complete a health questionnaire about your child's specific allergies as part of the camper application process so we can best care for your child in the event of a reaction. If you have specific allergy related questions, please reach out to our Medical Director at adventurecampmash@stixdiabetes.org

Can I leave camp early?

Given the off-site location of Adventure Camp, and the group transportation, it is not feasible for campers to leave early unless alternate transportation is previously coordinated with the Camp Director at adventurecamp@stixdiabetes.org, although early departure cannot be guaranteed and we prefer to have campers stay with the group for the duration of the session.

As for volunteers, we typically require that volunteers are available for the duration of the camp session for consistent training and safety purposes. However this is up to the director's discretion so please don't hesitate to apply and let us know which days you can participate!