D-Camps help kids with type 1 diabetes indulge their sense of fun and adventure in a diabetes-friendly environment where they can:

  • Meet and connect with other kids who share the same experiences and 'get' diabetes. Often, camp friendships last long after camp is over.
  • Participate in outdoor activities like swimming, hiking and canoeing that promote self-esteem and personal growth.
  • Learn how to manage their diabetes in a supportive, nurturing environment. They return home less reliant on their parents and better able to manage their disease on their own.

In addition to D-Camps, the CDA also runs camps and activities for teens getting ready to live on their own and Family Camps for all members of the families of kids with type 1 diabetes.

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What families have to say

Amy Crespi of Toronto, mother of Adrianna and Joey, both with type 1 diabetes, says: “Camp Huronda has changed my children’s lives. It’s been the most positive experience I could ever imagine. The Camp experience turned life around for them and for the rest of our family. D-Camps saved us. D-Camps is our family.

Emily King, 13, from Calgary, Alberta: “I learned there are a lot more people in the world who have diabetes than I thought there were. It made me feel like I wasn’t the only one.

Ala Eftekhar, 17, from Charlottetown, P.E.I.: “You don't have to be nervous, because everyone there is just like you. And you’ll have lots of fun—it’s like going to school but better because there’s no homework!

Cayla Allen, 18, from Stratford, Ontario, who started attending D-Camps nine years ago: “I was one of those kids who never got homesick. Camp was just so much fun. Parents need to know that their kids are going to grow up eventually, and it’s good to help them gain some independence at a place where there is medical staff to help if it’s needed.

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