The Canadian Diabetes Association’s summer camp tradition started in 1953 when Camp Banting opened its doors to our first campers. Since then our community has grown extensively and the Association now operates 12 overnight camps across Canada as well as an expanding Family Camp and Leadership Program.
The Canadian Diabetes Association is proud to be only National provider of summer camp programs, serving children and youth living with type 1 diabetes, and their families from 10 Canadian provinces. Drawing on the experiences of our past and energized with each passing summer, we move forward with a common goal: to provide kids living with type 1 diabetes an opportunity to connect with other kids who understand them, build self-confidence, learn skills to help them self-manage their diabetes and most of all, have fun in a nurturing, medically supported environment. This unique environment results in many “ah-ha!” moments and “diabetes milestones.” In fact, many of our camp alumni recall that camp was the first time they administered their own insulin or handled their own pump site insertion – a major accomplishment in the life of a child living with diabetes!
While diabetes in a major part of life at D-Camps, we also spend large portions of the day swimming, playing sports, hiking, creating artistic masterpieces, or singing at the top of our lungs. After all, kids with diabetes are still kids and camp is always about fun.
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For more information on D-Camps, please visit www.dcamps.ca