November 28, 2017

Diabetes Canada today announced that its Camp Banting will merge with Camp Huronda, effective 2018.

Andrew Young, Vice President, Programs, Services and Partnerships, said: “Camp Banting was our original camp for youth with type 1 diabetes, started in 1953. It set us on an incredible journey of connecting and inspiring campers. D-Camps have made a lifelong impact on the lives of tens of thousands of young Canadians living with type 1 diabetes.”

While Camp Banting is a valued part of Diabetes Canada’s history, there have been a number of recent challenges:

  • Finding an appropriate campsite has become difficult in recent years as the number of available sites has decreased in Eastern Ontario. Over the past months, Diabetes Canada has searched for a new location because the current one does not meet our needs. For instance, it does not have showers. The search has moved continuously further afield from Ottawa, finding potentially suitable sites two to four hours away. 

This difficult decision was made in light of Diabetes Canada’s priority of helping children and youth with type 1 diabetes and its 2020 goal of creating 100,000 personal connections among youth with type 1 diabetes. To achieve this, Diabetes Canada needs to make the most effective use of its resources to deliver maximum impact.

In light of this decision, Diabetes Canada commits to:

  • During the usual Camp Banting dates, Diabetes Canada will run a coach bus from Ottawa to Camp Huronda in Huntsville, Ont.
  • Diabetes Canada will encourage Camp Banting campers to sign up for Banting Session (Session C) at Camp Huronda. Additional spaces will be added to accommodate them. Banting campers can choose any session at any other D-Camp they want, but attending this one is a way to maintain the Banting community
  • Returning and new Camp Banting campers identified by staff at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa and Kingston General Hospital will be offered a special rate for 2018, maintaining the usual fee for them

About Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada is the national charity that is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent. Diabetes Canada partners with Canadians to End Diabetes through:

  • Educational programs and support services;
  • Resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces; and
  • Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure.

For more information, visit diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

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For more information, contact:


Denise Barnard

Manager, Corporate Communications

Diabetes Canada

T. 416-408-7144

Denise.Barnard@diabetes.ca