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The first Diabetes Canada camp for children with diabetes in Manitoba was held in 1959 at Camp Robertson Fresh Air Camp. Over the past six decades, the program has been held at a number of camps across Manitoba including B’nai Brith Camp, Camp Birchbark, Camp Stephens, Camp Arnes, Camp Nutmik, Roseau River Bible Camp and YMCA Camp Douglas. The camp name was changed to Camp Briardale in 1999 in memory of Pamela Dale Richardson and it remains the same today.

Camp Briardale is currently proud to operate out of BB Camp on a private island in beautiful Lake of Woods, Ontario.

Leadership development program

Our Leadership Development Program (LDP) is designed for youth with diabetes who have an interest in developing their leadership skills. This program is the first step to becoming a D-Camps counselor—a lot of our staff have been through the program and it shows!

This program is divided into two segments (LDP 1 and LDP 2) based on age. Both segments will teach strong leadership skills through hands-on experiences, high quality coaching and guidance from trained staff, and consistent feedback.

The goal of LDP is for youth to return from camp with an increase in confidence, skills to lead a group and an increased understanding of the qualities of a good leader.

Camp life

Camp Briardale takes place on the a private island in the beautiful Lake of the Woods, Ontario. The cabins at Camp Briardale are situated in two groups – the boys’ side and the girls’ side. Each of these beautiful, rustic cabins is equipped with bunk beds, electric lights and counsellor sleeping quarters.


Location Details

Camp Briardale
Camp Briardale
c/o BB Camp Box 559
Kenora, ON
P9N 3X5

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About the Camp

Campers & Staff

Our campers

Aimed at teens ages 16 to 17, our program accepts 10 leadership campers per session.

LDP 1 session

LDP 1 is for youth who have turned 16 prior to June 30, 2019.

In this program, participants will be led by our LDP Directors. Our Directors will work with the participants (LDP 1s) to develop basic leadership skills like conflict resolution, communicating clearing, setting goals for yourself and others, leading by example among other important attributes of a leader.

LDP 2 session

LDP 2 is for youth who have turned 17 prior to June 30, 2019.

In this program, participants (LDP 2s) will be led by our LDP Directors. Our Directors will work with the LDP 2s to further develop leadership skills with a focus on being a leader in the camp community. Skills like camper care, dealing with homesickness, planning and leading programs and games and being a positive type 1 diabetes role model. LDP 2s will be spending a substantial portion of their time at camp shadowing counselors in a cabin group. They will have the opportunity to use the skills they are developing and receive feedback from the D-Camps staff team.

Our staff

Leadership development staff

The LDP are headed up by our Leadership Directors who complement the existing program and medical staff. Our LDP directors all have standard first-aid and CPR/C, as well as multiple years experience working in a summer camp setting.

Health-care team

Led by Dr Liz Sellers from DER-CA, our medical staff team is a dedicated, committed group of health-care professionals who understand how important the camp experience is for children and youth living with type 1 diabetes..

The medical team consists of about 10 professionals including pediatric endocrinologists, nurses and dietitians. Most of this team hail from the Manitoba Children’s Hospital Diabetes Education and Resource for Children and Adolescents (DER-CA). In addition, each cabin group is paired with a medical counsellor who, with the support of the medical director, assist campers with blood glucose testing, low treatments, insulin adjustment and administration. These counsellors are often either medical, nursing or nutrition students.

The medical team is a crucial element of the Camp Briardale experience. They are always on hand whether your camper is newly diagnosed or approaching adulthood, and they are a great resource for you and your camper throughout the camp experience


Over the course of the leadership development programs, participants will learn to facilitate the following activities in order to develop hard-skills that are necessary to become a counselor:

Hard Skill Development 

  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Challenge courses
  • Outdoor living skills
  • Creative arts

LDP 1 program

Over the course of the LDP 1 program, participants will focus on the following skills to help grow as leaders at camp in the community:

Soft Skill Development 

  • Conflict resolution
  • Problem solving
  • Team work
  • Communication
  • Goal setting
  • How to be a positive role model

LDP 2 program

Over the course of the LDP 2 program, participants will be spending a substantial portion of their time at camp shadowing counselors in a cabin group. They will have the opportunity to use the skills they are developing and receive feedback from the D-Camps staff team. In addition they should expect participate in the following activities:

Soft Skill Development 

  • Camper care
  • Leadership
  • Team work
  • Problem solving
  • Shadowing counselors in a camper team


In the guide, you will find information on:

  • Packing lists
  • Directions and transportation for drop off and pick up
  • Glucose monitoring policy
  • Mailing address

2023 Camp Guide

2023 Briardale Leadership Program Information Guide

Rates & Dates

LDP 1 Program

August 19 - August 23, 2024

Age Rate
Youth (16) $700

LDP 2 Program 

August 19 - August 23, 2024

Age Rate
Youth (17) $700


If this fee is a challenge for you and your family Diabetes Canada offers subsidies to those who qualify for financial assistance. These subsidies are made possible through the generous support of various donors. 

It is our responsibility to ensure that donations go to support families experiencing financial hardship that would make attending camp impossible. 

To determine eligibility for a subsidy, you will be asked to complete a financial assistance application. When reviewing applications, income will not be the only consideration in whether an applicant qualifies for subsidy. Our goal is to ensure that all campers have an opportunity regardless of their financial situation while using donations as prudently as possible. 

Who is eligible for financial support? 
You may be eligible for a subsidy if you:

  1. Receive financial assistance from an identified government program, OR

  2. Experience financial hardship and do not receive government financial assistance.


What does financial hardship mean? 
Financial hardship means that a person has difficulty paying for basic daily living expenses (e.g. food, shelter, clothing), and does not have access to savings or other financial resources. 

Note: Supporting documents will be required to determine eligibility. Please be prepared to provide a copy of your paystub, T4 or Notice of Assessment to accompany your application. 

Important to note: 
To ensure that we are providing equitable access to financial assistance we will not be able to consider you request until you have completed the financial assistance application form in full. This includes the requested supporting documents