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Camp Dia-Best

Get to know Us!

Diabetes Canada has operated Camp Dia-Best in New Brunswick since 1967. Held at Camp Rotary in Grand Lake, N.B., for its first 47 years, the camp didn’t always have the name that it has today; it started out as the “Diabetic Children’s Camp,” and was a project funded through Canada’s Centennial celebrations that occurred throughout that year. For many years, it was known simply as the Canadian Diabetes Association Camp, until a contest was held to name the camp in the early 2000s and one of our campers had the winning entry of Camp Dia-Best.

Camp Life

In 2015, Camp Dia-Best moved to its new home at Greenhill Lake Camp, which has a scenic waterfront and field space, large dining hall, as well as other indoor spaces used for registration and closing ceremonies. Campers live in cabins with up to 10 campers and two counsellors. Some cabins have washrooms while others have private change rooms, and there are central washrooms and shower facilities available to the entire camp.

Where are we?

Camp Dia-Best is located at:
40 Greenhill Lake Rd.
Greenhill Lake, N.B.
E6E 1E7

Our Campers

Camp Dia-Best accommodates 64 campers, ages seven to 14.
No transportation is provided to or from camp. Please let us know if you need assistance and we will support you in finding ways to get your camper to camp.

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.


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 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!



Our older campers (ages 13 and 14) get to participate in our skills program during the elective slot, which is designed to let your camper focus on activities they are interested in and work to improve their skills in those activities. At the beginning of the week, campers are offered a choice of three activities they may be interested in and are placed into one of those three choices. Campers then spend the next four days in the same skills area working with instructors to build on what they learned the previous day.


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 on beautiful Greenhill Lake. 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 pool and waterfront are always supervised by a National Lifeguard Service (NLS)-certified lifeguard who is also assisted by others with NLS or Bronze Cross certifications.

Camp Dia-Best 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 16 - Friday, July 21, 2017

Tier 1: $650
Tier 2: $500
Tier 3: $375