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Camp Dia-Best

Get to know Us!

In 2018, Diabetes Canada decided to merge our camps in the Maritimes to create more efficiency and now operates out of our beautiful camp facility in Nova Scotia. Camp Dia-Best brings together campers from New Brunswick and PEI ages 7-12. 
Our Maritime camping tradition continues with exceptional programming, quality care and an emphasis on teaching independant diabetes self management. 
The name, Dia-Best, continues this emphasis of quality care as a tribute to one of the founding researchers of insulin, Dr. Charles Best, who continues to have family roots, here in the Maritimes. 

Camp Life

Campers stay in rustic cabins in groups of up to 10. 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 campers’ small items. Clotheslines are located outside the cabins in order to dry out towels and bathing suits.

Where are we?

Camp Dia-Best is located at:
Camp Kadimah
1681 Barss Corner Rd
Barss Corner NS
B0R 1A0

Our Campers

Camp Dia-Best accommodates 64 campers, ages seven to 12.
Transportation will be provided to camp. More information will be avaliable soon. 

Our Staff


The Camp Dia-Best counsellors and instructors come to us from:

  • D-Camps’ Leadership Development Program
  • Local universities
  • Other D-Camps teams
Each cabin has two counsellors who travel with and supervise campers 24 hours a day. We strive to hire staff who are fluently bilingual.


Health-Care Team

The Camp Dia-Best health-care team comes to us from:

  • Diabetes education clinics across New Brunswick
  • Family practices
  • All departments within the two New Brunswick Health Authorities

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

Our Activities


A selection of archery equipment will allow your camper to try out their hand-eye coordination with an archery instructor teaching them the basics of the skill.



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 Dia-Best for inspiration.


Outdoor Education

Campers will have the opportunity to both play and learn outdoors while developing an understanding and respect for nature and camping.



The Electives Program is designed to let your camper participate in activities that are unique and provide a different set of challenges than those listed above.  Campers get to choose these activities individually. Some past examples include:  yoga, mad scientist and pottery.



Campers will be able to explore the world of digital photography as well as movie making. If your camper is an actor, a director, or is talented at capturing special moments, this is the session to look for!


Sports and games

Campers will have fun in a safe environment where they will learn new sports & games not traditionally played at home. Past examples include: Quidditch, Field Hockey and Crab Leg Soccer



Our canoeing program is lead by a Paddle Canada-certified instructor. Campers will learn the basics of operating a canoe. All campers and staff will wear properly-sized personal flotation devices while canoeing.



We offer a recreational swimming program where the activity instructor will run a variety of games and challenges for the kids. The waterfront is always supervised by a National Lifeguard Service (NLS)-certified lifeguard who is also assisted by others with NLS or Bronze Cross certifications.