Family Programs

"The talks and time spent with other families really reinforced in us that 'we are not alone' in our fight against diabetes."

At Barton we recognize that diabetes affects the whole family ... Mom, Dad, Brothers, Sisters, Grandparents, and even Uncle Pat! Barton family programs provide an opportune time for strengthening the home "diabetes team," talking one-on-one with our on-site professionals and building new and lasting friendships with other families also impacted by diabetes. Whether you are boating on the pond, playing Dr. Dodge Ball, participating in a diabetes education session or singing in the dining hall ... we hope you will say "WOW - Heaven on earth - Clara Barton Camp is going to be a second home to our family." (Parent at Family camp)

Family Camp

August 13-19, 2017   
Coed, All Ages
Cost: $335 per person       Children under 2 are Free      
$1,675 maximum per family 
Click here for online registration and printable PDF forms.                            

A jam-packed week filled with fun activities and diabetes education for the whole family!  Since diabetes affects the whole family, it only makes sense to have a camping program for the whole family.  Moms, dads, brothers, cousins, grandparents, friends, and anyone else you consider your family can come play and learn at Family Camp.  Whether you are tackling the ropes course, playing in the heated pool, singing around the campfire, or eating nutritious and delicious meals prepared by our talented staff, we encourage you to make camp your home and build new and lasting family friendships.  One of our most popular programs, not to be missed, so sign up early!

Caregivers Weekend

March 10-12, 2017
Coed, All Ages
Cost: $175 per person     Children under 2 are Free
This weekend is tailored for people who want to learn how to properly take care of a loved one with type 1 diabetes. It’s meant to teach people all the skills they need for diabetes management: checking blood sugars, using pumps/ continuous glucose monitoring, counting carbs, dosing insulin, and everything in between. Parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, family friends, babysitters, anyone and everyone are welcome to come with their loved one who has type 1 diabetes and learn more about t1d and how to care for someone with it. Learning takes place in a relaxed, fun camp environment. This has been a life-changing program for many of our participants. One participant wrote, “I feel more confident in managing my granddaughter’s diabetes. It was good to share with other caregivers in a cooperative, non-rush situation.”

Springtime Family Camp

April 21-23, 2017
Coed, All Ages
Cost:  $260 per person     Children under 2 are Free

This is a weekend for the entire family! We will be playing games, pitting children versus adults and families versus counselors in some amazing fun-filled games! We will also have diabetes education for the whole family. Adults get the chance to be a camper again and enjoy all of the activities they hear so much about! As our campers have put it, “getting to knock mom and dad out in the gaga pit is awesome!” Adults love the chance to meet other adults taking care of children with type 1 and get to share their experiences with one another as well as give their tips and tricks for managing.


Barton Open House

April 23, 2017--2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Coed, All Ages
Cost: FREE

Are you thinking about sending your child to summer camp, but you want to get a sense of what camp is like before you decide? This is your opportunity to come see what Barton summer camp programs are all about: get to see where your child will be sleeping, eating, and playing while at camp! Come see Camp Joslin, Clara Barton Camp, or Barton Worcester Day Camp. Spend two hours sampling camp life and touring the property. This is a scheduled program that runs from 2 to 4 p.m. You choose which camp you’d like to visit. Please register to attend. Snacks and fun will be provided!