Programs Overview

"Thank you for giving me the chance to learn more and to help me manage the rest of my life in a better way."


Every year more than 2,000 children and families from throughout the country and around the world participate in The Barton Center for Diabetes Education's year-round, fun-filled summer camp, weekend, school vacation programs, and outreach programs.  Click Here for Picture Galleries.

The focus of our programs is fun and support; the goal is to educate children and their families on how to manage the daily rigors of diabetes, so they can live fuller and healthier lives.  At camp, we strive to incorporate The Barton Center's core values into all that we do.  These values are incorporated into every activity we run, each staff member's actions, and every camper attitude.  These core values include:

  • Having fun
  • Building a community
  • Inspiring growth through individual challenge
  • Motivating healthy lifestyles
  • Fostering an appreciation of self and others

Our Healthy Stars program, new in 2011, combined the successful Barton Stars program introduced in 2006 with the Real Stars program first introduced at Camp Joslin in 2002.

The Healthy Stars program utilizes the latest research and is designed to help children develop and maintain good habits for healthy living with diabetes. Our unified focus is on the critical items needed to BALANCE for a healthier and happier life.  Our goal with the Healthy Stars initiative is to provide a FUN way for campers to reinforce and learn good habits that they can retain and apply when they go home.  For more information about our Healthy Stars program, please click here.

Summer Programs

Fall, Winter Spring Programs

Children and adults alike share the triumphs and tribulations of living with diabetes. Children no longer feel different or alone, and their parents can relax knowing that their sons and daughters are in a safe and secure environment.  All programs feature low staff to participant ratios, expert medical staff, well-trained, hard working counselors - many of whom were once campers and have diabetes themselves.

Campers are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration for summer camp begins each year in January. Registrations are accepted for year-round programs until each program is full. Camperships are available for resident camps, day camps, and year-round  programs on a first-come, first-served sliding-scale basis. For information regarding financial assistance for any of our other programs, please contact our office at 508-987-2056 or email