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Camp Banting’s Leadership Development Programs (LDPs) are designed to teach youth leadership lessons which are applicable to all areas of their life. By building self-esteem and confidence, learning about community service, and understanding group dynamics and team building, our youth will leave these programs ready to lead themselves and others through their transition from teenagers to young adults.
Our programs are structured into two complementary and successive levels.  Admission to these programs is not guaranteed and is by application.

Leadership Development Program 1

The LDP 1 is the first step of the Camp Banting Leadership Development Program and is meant to serve as an introduction to the concept of camper leadership. Participants are trained in physical camp skills such as canoeing and archery, and also receive instruction and certification in CPR and First Aid. The exact certification programs included each year depend on the time available during the program as well as the capacity of the current group of LDP 1 participants. This program is designed to act as an introduction to the LDP 2 Challenger program.

Challenger Leadership Development Program 2

The LDP 2 or “Challenger Program” is the second step of the Camp Banting program and is meant to serve as the final transition year between being a camper and a member of the Camp Banting staff team. The program is designed to provide youth with the skills necessary to become effective camp counsellors and more importantly, it aims to promote personal growth and development, a greater sense of self-esteem, and effective diabetes management. The emphasis in the Challenger Program is on the development of leadership soft skills in areas such as communication, camper care and team building. A highlight of the program is an overnight camping trip.

During the two weeks at Camp Banting, our goal is to help all our leadership participants along a path towards discovering their own strengths, weaknesses and potential, while instilling in them the appreciation of both healthy and successful diabetes management.

Challenger Leadership Development Program 2 Extended (LDP 2X)

New in 2016, this program gives LDP 2 participants the exciting opportunity to test and expand their skills in a joint Camp Banting-Camp Discovery LDP.

Participants will take part in the Challenger LDP 2 at Camp Banting and then further hone their counselling and leadership skills during a five-day placement with a Camp Discovery cabin. During this time, participants will be supervised and supported by a dedicated staff member who will ensure they are supported to meet their leadership goals!

Transportation will be provided between Camp Banting (Ottawa) and Camp Discovery (London).

While at Camp Banting, LDP participants will be staying at Over the Hill, sleeping in large tents on tent platforms. Over the Hill is equipped with Kybos, running water and a fire pit.

While at Camp Discovery, LDP 2X participants will be placed in cabin groups with Camp Discovery campers and staff.

Where are we?

Please feel free to send camper mail clearly labeled to the following address. Please note that all packages and large mail items are opened prior to delivery as per our allergy protocols.

Camp Banting c/o Camp Opemikon
530 Hanna Rd.
Maberly, ON
K0H 2B0

Our Participants

Leadership Development Program 1

Ages 15 to 16 by June 30, 2016

Challenger Leadership Development Program 2

Ages 15 to 16 by June 30, 2016

Challenger Leadership Development Program 2Extended (LDP 2X)

Ages 15 to 16 by June 30, 2016

Our Staff

The Leadership Development Programs are led by a leadership head who complements the existing program and medical staff at Camp Banting and/or Camp Discovery.

Selection Criteria

As part of the registration and selection process, all candidates to D-Camps Leadership Development Programs (LDP) will be required to submit a written application. This application consists of a 400-word essay which answers the following questions:

  • 1. Why do you want to be a part of the LDP?
  • 2. What do you think you can bring to the group and the camp community?
  • 3. What do you want to learn from the program? How will you apply it away from camp?

Please apply by March 31st, 2016. Late or incomplete applications may not be considered.

Individual interviews may be conducted as part of the selection process and positions will be offered based on: LDP application, interview and region specific factors. Once all positions have been offered, a waitlist will be created, and applicants would then be admitted to the program as positions become available.

Our Activities

Learn to Lead

Over the course of the LDP 1 and LDP 2, participants partake in a curriculum that provides them with a foundation of the following:

  • Increased leadership development through experiential learning
  • Opportunities to learn more about diabetes self-management
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Principles of working with children and youth

Growing Together

The leadership program also provides participants with the opportunity to obtain a variety of certifications that can help prepare them for future employment with D-Camps or other opportunities:

  • Standard First Aid and CPR C
  • ORCKA Moving Water Level 1A

Direct entry into the Duke of Edinburgh Program (Silver Level)

All leadership development participants will take part in a three-night out-trip in Algonquin Park. Under the supervision of a trip nurse and the leadership counsellors, participants will learn through experience the fundamentals of leading and facilitating wilderness experiences.

The leadership out-trip will be more challenging than previous Camp Banting out-trips. Participants are encouraged to check the LDP handbook for additional packing and prep information.

Camp Banting 2017 Dates and Rates

We understand that every family’s budget is different. We have developed a three-tiered pricing program to help cover costs for those who need financial support. Regardless of the amount paid your child’s experience at camp will not change.

Even at tier one, roughly half of the costs of camp are subsidized by Diabetes Canada. Please choose the tier that represents what your family can afford for a D-Camps experience. We truly appreciate your support in helping us continue to provide memorable camping experiences to children with type 1 diabetes across Canada.

If tier three will be a challenge for you and your family to afford please fill out the ‘Financial Assistance Form’ sent to you through the registration process. If you have decide to pay tier one, two or three please note you do not need to fill out the ‘Financial Assistance Form’

New for 2017 – My Campfire Fund!   Are you interested in fundraising to supplement your camp fees, and support D-Camps at the same time?  If so, we encourage you to sign up to take part in the My Campfire Fund fundraising initiative.  To sign up, click on the “Register Now” button, and select My Campfire Fund instead of choosing one of the tiered pricing options.


Sunday, July 30 - Friday, August 11, 2017


Sunday, July 30 - Friday, August 11, 2017

LDP 2 Extended

(Plus) Sunday, August 20 - Friday, August 25, 2017

Tier 1: $2,300
Tier 2: $1,900
Tier 3: $1,650


Tier 1: $700
Tier 2: $700
Tier 3: $700