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Leadership programs


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the advance planning and training required for us to deliver our exceptional camping program, we made the very difficult decision to put our D-camps on hold this year. We have offered all camp families a full refund.

We remain fully committed to offering D-Camps again. We wish all our supporters a safe and healthy summer and look forward to reconvening next year.

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New! Summer 2020 – Dose of D-Camps

D-Camps is proud to present a new way for us to stay connected this summer!

More than ever, young people and their families affected by type 1 diabetes need a sense of community. A place to gather and share their experiences, hope and knowledge with one another.

Sadly, the all-too-familiar anxiety and isolation experienced by families facing type 1 diabetes has deepened during these times.

What is Dose of D-Camps LDP?

D-Camps strive to foster lifelong connections and provide exceptional programs for families living with type 1 diabetes. It is a chance to connect virtually with fellow leadership participants and staff and be reminded of the supportive community of peers and role models living with type 1 diabetes, along with a healthy dose of fun, while developing essential leadership skills.

Delivered exclusively through Zoom, a Dose of D-Camps LDP Program will provide a platform for participants to interact with peers and D-Camps staff facilitators in leadership specific learning sessions. 

The need for D-Camps has never been greater. Through Dose of D-Camps, we will:

  • Support the type 1 community through shared experiences, hope, knowledge, engagement, and skill development
  • Provide a sense of belonging and connection
  • Service the needs of a variety of age groups and to ensure meaningful engagement in place of a physical camp experience
  • Provide respite for parents, guardians & caregivers
  • Provide camp families an opportunity to support Diabetes Canada and D-Camps

Dose of D-Camps LDP Sessions

To ensure participants can foster connections within their camp communities and learn more about leadership and nuances within their specific camp communities, D-Camps is proud to offer the following sessions:

LDP 1 Age 16 (Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24)
Cost: $100
Camp Kakhamela, Camp Jean Nelson, Camp Kornder & Camp Briardale: Register HERE
Camp Huronda: Register HERE

LDP 2 Age 17 (Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31)
Cost: $125
Camp Kakhamela, Camp Jean Nelson, Camp Kornder & Camp Briardale: Register HERE
Camp Huronda: Register HERE

If the program fee is not accessible for you, please email These programs do not include a financial assistance form, however, we are continuing to work hard to ensure access to all participants. Additionally, given the online delivery of these programs, naturally, there is increased flexibility with the number of participants able to register and participate, different from the typical in-person, application-based programs. 

Check out some of these exciting activities!

A Dose of D-Camps will include a variety of activities during these sessions. There will be opportunities to continue to foster friendships and connection, while learning some new skills, all while having fun. Below are just a few of the program topics we plan to cover:

  • Communication
  • Leadership Styles
  • Facilitation & Debriefing
  • Growth Mindset
  • Safety, Respect & Risk
  • Inclusion & Diversity
  • Advocacy & Diabetes
  • Group initiatives
  • So much more!

We care about your safety

At Diabetes Canada, our priority is the safety and well-being of everyone involved in our programs. We’re proud of the respectful community that we’ve built together and will ensure this continues online. Respect is at the root of all that we do. D-Camps will continue to follow best industry practices, prioritizing safety, making sure to respect others in online spaces so that these programs are something that our entire D-Camps community can all enjoy.

If you are interested in supporting the continued programs and services of Diabetes Canada, please consider donating.

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Join the D-Camps family

Our Leadership Development Program (LDP) is designed for youth with diabetes who have an interest in developing their leadership skills. This program is the first step to becoming a D-Camps counselor—a lot of our staff have been through the program and it shows!

This program is divided into two segments (LDP 1 and LDP 2) based on age. Both segments will teach strong leadership skills through hands-on experiences, high quality coaching and guidance from trained staff, and consistent feedback.

The goal of LDP is for youth to return from camp with an increase in confidence, skills to lead a group and an increased understanding of the qualities of a good leader.

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