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The Maritime Leadership Development Program takes place over two weeks. The first taking place at Camp Morton and the second week at Camp Lion Maxwell. The LDP program is designed for those who have a set of skills they wish to further develop as they strive to become a member of the camp staff family.

The program engages youth in a recreational environment while challenging them to further develop their own leadership skills, learn the operations of camping program, gain experience working with children in a mentorship environment and heighten their own personal growth in camping.

Leadership development program

Our Leadership Development Program (LDP) in Atlantic Canada is expanding and now offers two leadership programs.

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.

Location details

Week One - Camp Morton Week Two - Camp Lion Maxwell

Kejimkujik National Park

Queens County, N.S.

B0T 1B0

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1681 Barss Corner Road

Barss Corner, N.S.

B0R 1A0

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About the Camp


LDP participants will cover topics related to working at camp as well as general leadership techniques they can use in their home community. Topics include: conflict resolution, managing behaviour, team building and empowerment.

The participants attend both Morton and Camp Lion Maxwell for their summer of training. The first week is a lesson-orientated session and the second week is a practicum-style session to gain hands-on experience.

Campers & Staff

Our campers

Aimed at teens aged 16 to 17, our joint program accepts 15 participants.

LDP 1 session

LDP 1 is for youth who have turned 16 prior to June 30, 2023.

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, 2023.

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

The Leadership Development Program is headed up by a dedicated pair of leadership directors.

The Leadership Directors come to us from:

  • D-Camps’ Leadership Development Program

  • Camp Lion Maxwell’s staff team

  • The D-Camps Atlantic Resource Team 

Participants are supervised by program and medical staff 24 hours a day.

The camp 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.


In the guide, you will find information on:

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

2023 Camp Guide

2023 Maritime LDP Information Guide

Rates & Dates

LDP 1 Session

Dates Age Rate
July 7 - July 12, 2024 and
August 20 - August 25 2024
16 $625


LDP 2 Session

Dates Age Rate
July 7 - July 12, 2024 and
August 20 - August 25, 2024
17 $625

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