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Get to know our program

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.

Location Details

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

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About the Camp

Campers & Staff

Our campers

Camp Lion Maxwell accommodates 64 campers, ages 7 to 12.

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 and 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 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.


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.

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.

Theme meals

The theme meals for Camp Lion Maxwell 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 pyjamas 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!