Get to know our program
Camp Morton was founded in 1990 by Lorne Abramson and Dr. Bruce Morton, founder of Camp Lion Maxwell. Originally started on the Jim Charles Group Camp Site within Kejimkujik National Park, Camp Morton remains there to this day.
The program began as an opportunity for campers aged 13 to 14 to experience living with diabetes in a natural setting, as part of the “Diabetes Without Borders” campaign. Since 2003, Camp Morton has accepted campers aged 13 to 14, but the core philosophy of living with diabetes in a camping setting has remained the same.
Camp Morton also offers a Leadership Development Program for 15-16 year olds that is shared with Camp Lion Maxwell.
Camp Morton is set exclusively outdoors. There is one small shelter used for blood glucose (sugar) testing and diabetes management routines but otherwise, campers and staff are housed in tents provided by Diabetes Canada with up to four others, surrounded by the beauty of the Park.
Our camp has a unique kitchen area with BBQs, propane stoves and a large food prep space. Campers and staff eat under the “car port” for each snack and meal.
Flush toilets and running water are available on site and shower facilities are a short distance away.
About the Camp
Campers & Staff
Camp Morton accommodates 40 campers, ages 13 and 14 from across the Maritimes.
Counsellors and instructors
The camp program staff come to us from:
- D-Camps’ Leadership Development Program
- Camp Lion Maxwell staff team
Campers 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 various Health Authorities across the Maritimes.
Diabetes educators, nurses, physicians, registered dietitians and medical students make up this wonderful group and are part of the cabin team.
Our campers participate in activities that inspire personal growth, encourage team-building and foster an appreciation of the outdoors, such as swimming, hiking, canoeing, sports and sweet talks (“fun with diabetes” sessions).
In the evenings, campers get to participate in all-camp games like ROCKS, Counsellor Hunt, Keji interpretive programs and more!
While at camp, every group will have the opportunity to experience hikes/excursions on some of the amazing trails that Kejimkujik National Park offers
Campers will have the opportunity to learn basic outdoor cooking skills that can help them in future camping excursions.
Campers will have the opportunity to both play and learn outdoors while developing an understanding and respect for nature.
Our canoeing programs provide great opportunities to learn with their own instructor. Campers will learn the basics of operating canoes. 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 is always supervised by a National Lifeguard Service (NLS)-certified lifeguard who is sometimes assisted by others with NLS or Bronze Cross certifications.
Campers also get to participate in our skills program during the afternoon activity 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.