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Camp Lion Maxwell

Get to Know Our Program!

Shared with the Camp Lion Maxwell Leadership Development Program (LDP), the Camp Morton LDP is designed for those who have a set of skills they wish to further develop as they strive to become a member of the camp staff family.
The program engages youth in a recreational environment while challenging them to further develop their own leadership skills, learn the operations of camping program, gain experience working with children in a mentorship environment and heighten their own personal growth in camping.

Camp Life

The Camp Morton part of the program is set exclusively outdoors. There is one small shelter used for blood glucose (sugar) testing and diabetes management routines, but otherwise participants and staff are housed in tents provided by the CDA with up to 4 others, surrounded by the beauty of the Park. There are flush toilets and running water on site. Camp sets up a unique kitchen area with BBQs, propane stoves and a large food prep space. Campers and staff eat under the “car port” for each snack and meal. Shower facilities are a short drive away.

While at Camp Lion Maxwell in Lunenberg County, participants stay in cabins that accommodate up to 10 people each. Each cabin has one washroom with toilets and sinks. Showers are located in a shared space within the dining hall. There is storage space under each bunk and shelves for small items. Clotheslines are located outside the cabins in order to dry out towels and bathing suits.


Where are we?

Camp Morton is located at the Jim Charles Group Campsite within Kejimkujik National Park.


Camp Lion Maxwell is hosted at:

1681 Barss Corner Rd.
Barss Corner, NS
B0R 1A0

Our Participants

Aimed at teens aged 15 to 16, our joint program accepts 10 participants

Our Staff

The Leadership Development Program is headed up by a dedicated pair of leadership directors.
The camp program staff come to us from:

  • D-Camps’ Leadership Development Program
  • Camp Lion Maxwell’s staff team
Participants are supervised by program and medical staff 24 hours a day.
The camp health-care team comes to us from:
  • Diabetes education clinics across Nova Scotia
  • Family practices
  • All departments within the Nova Scotia Health Authority

Diabetes educators, nurses, physicians, registered dietitians and medical students make up this wonderful group and are part of the cabin team.

Selection Criteria

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, 2016. Late or incomplete applications may not be considered.

Individual interviews may be conducted as part of the selection process and positions will be offered based on: LDP application, interview and region specific factors. Once all positions have been offered, a waitlist will be created, and applicants would then be admitted to the program as positions become available.

Our Activities

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 both Camp Morton and Camp Lion Maxwell for their summer of training. The first week is a lesson-orientated session and the second week is a practicum-style session to gain hands-on experience.

2017 LDP Information Guides
Camp Lion Maxwell 2017 Dates and Rates

We understand that every family’s budget is different. We have developed a three-tiered pricing program to help cover costs for those who need financial support. Regardless of the amount paid your child’s experience at camp will not change.

Even at tier one, roughly half of the costs of camp are subsidized by Diabetes Canada. Please choose the tier that represents what your family can afford for a D-Camps experience. We truly appreciate your support in helping us continue to provide memorable camping experiences to children with type 1 diabetes across Canada.

If tier three will be a challenge for you and your family to afford please fill out the ‘Financial Assistance Form’ sent to you through the registration process. If you have decide to pay tier one, two or three please note you do not need to fill out the ‘Financial Assistance Form’

New for 2017 – My Campfire Fund!   Are you interested in fundraising to supplement your camp fees, and support D-Camps at the same time?  If so, we encourage you to sign up to take part in the My Campfire Fund fundraising initiative.  To sign up, click on the “Register Now” button, and select My Campfire Fund instead of choosing one of the tiered pricing options.


Sunday, July 9 - Friday, July 14, 2017
Tuesday, August 15 - Sunday, August 20, 2017
Tier 1: $750
Tier 2: $625
Tier 3: $500