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Camp Banting

Get to Know Us!

Camp Banting is Canada’s oldest operating camp for children with diabetes. Originally opened in 1953, Camp Banting was operated by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa for the first 30 years.

In the early 1980s, Camp Banting came under the leadership of Diabetes Canada (formerly the Canadian Diabetes Association). The Kiwanis Camp Committee continued to work closely with Diabetes Canada until the mid-1980s, when Diabetes Canada took sole responsibility of the operation of Camp Banting.

Throughout its history, Camp Banting has been strongly supported by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Camp Life

Camp Banting is currently hosted at Scouts Canada’s Camp Opemikon, located near Perth, ON. The two camps have a strong history together and we are excited about this partnership.

Camp Opemikon is located on the southern tip of the Canadian Shield on Christie Lake, 100 km southwest of Ottawa. This idyllic camp is home to more than 200 acres of rugged terrain, nestled among three pristine lakes, and provides the perfect camping adventure away from busy roads and crowded cities.

A large, modern kitchen and dining hall provide campers with wholesome, nutritious meals in a pleasant atmosphere. Campers live in rustic cabins located in the Cub Field with their cabin mates and counsellors. Each cabin accommodates five campers and one staff member. Groups will sleep in two cabins, located side-by-side. Cabins are equipped with cots or bunk beds, storage space, a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors. Each cabin has an area for blood glucose testing and low-supplies which are checked and replenished on a daily basis.

Cub Field is also equipped with three Kybos (outhouses with running water) and three fire pits.

Where are we?

Please feel free to send camper mail clearly labeled to the following address. Please note that all packages and large mail items are opened prior to delivery as per our allergy protocols.

Camp Banting c/o Camp Opemikon
530 Hanna Rd.
Maberly, ON
K0H 2B0

Parents and guardian may also email their campers at Please note that this is only an outgoing email service; campers are unable to reply to emails.

Our Campers

Camp Banting accommodates approximately 70 campers, ages seven to 15.
Camp Banting offers chartered bus service to camper families from both Ottawa and Kingston. Camp program and medical staff are present on the bus and escort the campers to and from camp.
Campers may also be dropped off and picked up at Camp Banting by their families.

Our Staff

Counsellors & Instructors

Camp Banting’s program staff come from all over the world. Many of our staff have been campers at Banting since they were first diagnosed. Our program team all complete a comprehensive one-and-a-half week of staff training as well as various assignments prior to camp

Camp Banting staff are all certified in Standard First Aid, CPR Level C and have a clear criminal background check.

Staff working on the waterfront are National Lifesaving Society Lifeguards, Water Safety Instructors, Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association instructors, or have other relevant certifications. Our high ropes course, out-trip and other specialty staff are also certified at or above levels set out in the Ontario Camps Association Guidelines.

Health-Care Team

Our medical team is led by medical director Dr. Sarah Lawrence, nursing coordinator Michelle Jennings, RN, and dietetic coordinator Nicole Charette, RD. Together, Dr. Sarah, Michelle and Nicole have more than 20 years of experience at Camp Banting.

During each camp session, the Camp Banting health-care team is on-site and on-call 24 hours a day. Medical staff supervise all insulin delivery, monitor blood glucose levels and are available to assist with all health-care concerns. Medical staff also join in for many camper activities and provide a wealth of wonderful learning opportunities for each camper.

Our Activities


Rain or shine, campers can improve their concentration and perseverance skills through archery. A large selection of archery equipment for campers of all sizes provides the opportunity for campers to learn and practice archery skills under the direct supervision of qualified staff members. Archery is taught by trained Camp Opemikon staff.


Arts and Crafts

Our art program helps campers explore their creative side, expand their knowledge of art techniques and history, all while using the beautiful setting of Camp Banting for inspiration.


Waterfront Programs

Throughout the session, campers will engage in aquatic activities such as water polo or water games for either a cabin group rotation or elective period. In addition, the waterfront is a place for free play! Every afternoon, all campers and staff engage in a free swim session, which allows them to cool off after a long day of activities. What better way to enjoy the natural world around us! The waterfront staff are NLS and Bronze-Cross certified.


Canoeing and Kayaking

Our boating program provides both canoe and kayak options. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in different boating activities during their session. All campers and staff will wear properly-sized Transport Canada-approved personal flotation devices while canoeing and kayaking.


Low Ropes, High Ropes, And Bouldering

Camp Banting’s high ropes course is supervised by certified Camp Opemikon staff. The high ropes course offers elements that campers can do individually or in pairs. The low ropes course is all about team work! Groups support each other to complete team elements while having fun and learning valuable communication skills. The bouldering wall, located in the middle of Cub Field, gives campers the opportunity to develop balance and coordination in a low pressure environment.


Land Sports

Camp Banting has several facilities that can accommodate many different sports, which we refer to as “Adventures.” These sports include, but are certainly not limited to: basketball, beach volleyball, tennis, road hockey, baseball, badminton, table tennis and more!


Canoe and Hiking Out-Trips

At our site at Camp Opemikon, we have an expanded out-trip program! Participants in Leadership Development Program (LDP) 1 experience a life-changing canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park or Frontenac Provincial Park, while some of our senior cabins will have the chance to participate in overnight canoe or hiking trips on or close to our main site.

Camp Banting 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.  

Session 1

Sunday, July 30 - Friday, August 11, 2017

Tier 1: $2,300
Tier 2: $1,900
Tier 3: $1,650