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This program is designed for 15 and 16 year olds who are looking to broaden their leadership skills and become a member of the camp staff family.

Our program engages youth in a recreational environment while challenging them to further develop their own leadership skills, learn the operations of running a camp program, gain experience working with children in a mentorship environment and heighten their own personal growth while at camp.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Diabetes Canada’s D-Camps requires that staff, volunteers and all D-Camps participants’ eligible (aged 5+) for the COVID-19 vaccine be fully vaccinated prior to their arrival at D-Camps for in-person programming. For D-Camps, fully vaccinated means two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine.

Diabetes Canada’s vaccination policy is based on the recommendations of D-Camps’ National Medical Task Force as one measure to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Participants will be asked to use their province’s verification systems as the means for demonstrating proof of vaccination. The D-Camps Medical Task Force is comprised of 11 individuals from across the country from a variety of health-care professions, including pediatric endocrinologists, ER physicians, registered nurses and certified diabetes educators.

D-Camps will accommodate all individuals who are entitled to vaccination exemptions. Thank you for your support in protecting the health and safety of our campers, families, employees, and community.

Camp life

Located at the site of Camp Douwanna on the shore of Southwest Pond, the Leadership Development Program has ample space for field sports and more. Featuring 10 cabins that can house 10 campers each, there is also a main lodge for dining and indoor programs, and a scenic waterfront that hosts our swimming and canoeing programs.

Participants will stay in cabins nestled together in a half circle facing the main lodge. All of the cabins have electricity and are equipped with bathrooms and showers.

Leadership development program

New for 2022! Our Leadership Development Program (LDP) in Atlantic Canada is expanding and now offers two leadership programs.

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.


Location Details

Camp Douwanna
Salmonier Line
Holyrood, NL
A0A 2R0

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About the Camp



LDP participants will cover topics related to working at camp as well as general leadership techniques they can use in their home community. Topics include: conflict resolution, managing behaviour, team building and empowerment.


The participants attend Camp Douwanna (plus one additional training day) for their summer of training. The few days are lesson-orientated sessions and the remainder of the week is a practicum-style session to gain hands-on experience working with campers.

Campers & Staff


This program is geared towards participants ages 15 to 16 by May 30th.

As part of the registration and selection process, all candidates to D-Camps Leadership Development Programs (LDP) will be required to submit a written application. This application consists of a 400-word essay which answers the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a part of the LDP?

  2. What do you think you can bring to the group and the camp community?

  3. What do you want to learn from the program? How will you apply it away from camp?

Please apply by March 31st, 2019. Late or incomplete applications may not be considered.

Our staff

The LDP is headed up by a dedicated pair of leadership directors who complement the existing program and medical staff at Camp Douwanna.


In the guide, you will find information on:

  • Packing lists
  • Directions and transportation for drop off and pick up
  • Contact information

2022 Camp Douwanna LDP Information Guide

Rates & Dates


Saturday, July 16th - Friday, July 22th 2022
Age Rate
Youth (15 and 16) $500


Saturday, July 16th - Friday, July 22th 2022
Age Rate
Youth (16 and 17) $500

If this fee is a challenge for you and your family Diabetes Canada offers subsidies to those who qualify for financial assistance. These subsidies are made possible through the generous support of various donors. 

It is our responsibility to ensure that donations go to support families experiencing financial hardship that would make attending camp impossible. 

To determine eligibility for a subsidy, you will be asked to complete a financial assistance application. When reviewing applications, income will not be the only consideration in whether an applicant qualifies for subsidy. Our goal is to ensure that all campers have an opportunity regardless of their financial situation while using donations as prudently as possible. 

Who is eligible for financial support? 
You may be eligible for a subsidy if you:

  1. Receive financial assistance from an identified government program, OR

  2. Experience financial hardship and do not receive government financial assistance.

What does financial hardship mean? 
Financial hardship means that a person has difficulty paying for basic daily living expenses (e.g. food, shelter, clothing), and does not have access to savings or other financial resources. 

Note: Supporting documents will be required to determine eligibility. Please be prepared to provide a copy of your paystub, T4 or Notice of Assessment to accompany your application. 

Important to note: 
To ensure that we are providing equitable access to financial assistance we will not be able to consider you request until you have completed the financial assistance application form in full. This includes the requested supporting documents


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