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Camp Lion Maxwell

Get to Know Us!

Camp Lion Maxwell, originally named Camp Atlantic, was founded in 1964 with an inaugural program of 23 campers from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In 1997, the camp was renamed after Lion Peter Maxwell of Truro, in recognition of the tremendous support the Lions Clubs of Nova Scotia have provided the camp.

For the past 10 years, Camp Lion Maxwell has called Camp Kadimah, in Barss Corner, home. Situated on beautiful Lake William in Lunenburg County, camp has a spacious waterfront, large playing fields, a comfortable dining hall and lots of program options.

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 Lion Maxwell is located at:

Camp Lion Maxwell c/o Camp Kadimah
1681 Barss Corner Rd.
Barss Corner, NS
B0R 1A0

Our Campers

Families are invited to join us for our closing ceremonies on pick up day. You'll be able to celebrate lots of camper achievements and see our week in photos!

Our Staff

Counsellors & Instructors

The Camp Lion Maxwell 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.

Health-Care Team

The Camp Lion Maxwell 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.

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 Lion Maxwell for inspiration.



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.


Outdoor education

Our specialty overnight program prepares our older campers for the transition to Camp Morton. Cooking over a fire, water walking and nature education are all a part of the overnight program! Campers get to spend one night of their week at this program.



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 Lake William. 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 are always supervised by a National Lifeguard Service (NLS)-certified lifeguard who is also assisted by others with NLS or Bronze Cross certifications.

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.

Session 1

Tuesday, August, 15 - Sunday, August 20, 2017

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