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The Newfoundland and Labrador branch of Diabetes Canada has operated Camp Douwanna for children with type 1 diabetes since 1964. When camp began, it operated out of Burry Heights (Pouch Cv.) and continued to be held there each summer until 1980.

In the summer of 1981, the construction of a new campsite began at Foxtrap. During the construction years, camps were held at Mackinsons in 1981-82 and in 1983, a camp was held at Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp at Bishop’s Falls in central Newfoundland.

In 1985, camp moved to the site of Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp, where it remained until 2013 when in 2014, Camp Douwanna moved to its new home at Camp Lavrock on Salmonier Line.

Camp life

Located on the shore of Southwest Pond, the camp has ample space for field sports and more. Featuring 10 cabins that can house 10 campers each, there is also a main lodge which accommodates dining and indoor programs, and a scenic waterfront that hosts our swimming and canoeing programs.

Campers will stay in cabins nestled together in a half circle facing the main lodge. All of the cabins have electricity and are equipped with bathrooms and showers.

Location Details

Camp Douwanna
Salmonier Line
Holyrood, NL
A0A 2R0

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About the Camp

Campers & Staff

Our campers

Camp Douwanna accommodates 48 campers, ages 7 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

Counsellors and instructors

The Camp Douwanna 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 Douwanna health-care team comes to us from:

  • Diabetes education clinics across Newfoundland
  • Family practices
  • All departments within the Newfoundland Health Authorities

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



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 Douwanna 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.


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.


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.

Theme meals

The theme meals for Camp Douwanna 2019 have been selected. Keep reading below to see what they are and a brief description of each.

Theme Description
Royalty Show off your posh side with some outrageous head wear and fancy fashion
Retro 70's? 20's? 90's? Pick a decade and get your groove on
Canadian Eh bys want to show off your red and white pride? Get ready for some poutine, maple syrup and plaid
Sci-fi We're taking our meal out of this world. Let your imagination wander to infinity and beyond or the upside-down
PJ Breakfast Wear your best pyjmamas for breakfast on the last day of camp
Banquet Save a nice outfit for the last supper at camp. Whether that be a dress or shirt and tie 

Theme meals are a great way to get involved and we encourage any campers who are interested to dress up. Remember costumes can be made from items found around the house or at your local dollar store. Get creative!