FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

“Welcome My Friend!” Whether this is your first time away from home or your first experience at Camp Ho Mita Koda, we understand the butterflies you may be feeling and the number of questions and concerns piling up. We pride ourselves in ensuring the best possible experience not only for our campers, but for the entire family. Once you have registered, please review our “Pre-Camp Guide” with everything you will need to know about how to make camp the most successful experience ever. Our year-round office staff are available to answer questions or concerns so please don’t hesitate to call or write.

GENERAL

Can I Visit Camp?

Prior to the summer season, Camp Ho Mita Koda hosts 4 onsite tours and 2 online orientation webinars for all first-time campers and families. These orientations are a great opportunity to meet the staff, ask questions, and learn all about camp including how activity sign-ups work, what the camp food is like, communications home, medical management and more!

Don’t worry if you miss the orientation and tours, you can request a personal Camp Tour for you and your family. We love hosting folks onsite and cannot wait to meet you. To schedule a personal tour, please visit HERE. 

Preparing For Camp

Packing for camp is the beginning of each camper’s independent camp experience. Parents can review our detailed Packing List that oultines everything you’ll need to bring. Remember that nights at camp can be chilly so bring some warm layers and make sure that your sleeping bag is rated to at least 50 degrees or lower so you are comfortable at night!

Check out our Packing List: PACKING LIST

What if I don’t know anyone else at camp?

No problem! Camp Ho Mita Koda is a great place to make new friends as many campers come not knowing anyone else. Our talented instructors are on the job and ensure that all the campers feel included and a part of the group. Even if you come to camp with friends, you’ll be making lots of new friendships that will last a lifetime.

What if I can’t come to camp at the last minute?

If you are unable to attend camp, please call the Camp Director as soon as you know so we won’t start worrying. We understand that unexpected things happen and will do our best to work with you.

What happens when I arrive?

Each camper will be registered and interviewed by a camp doctor or nurse and cabin counselors when arriving at camp. Parents and campers will meet the camp director, physician, nurses, dietitians, and counselors to discuss the activities, camper’s medical history, dietary routine and expectations for education.

What will my child learn at camp?
The biggest thing kids learn at camp is that there are other folks out there in their shoes, managing diabetes every day. More concrete learnings, depending on age, may include carb counting, using insulin to carb ratios, how to adjust insulin for activities, taking their first independent shot, and site rotation. Most teaching is done in small chunks we call teachable moments. This is the concept of addressing topics that come up in activities or in conversation
How much money does my camper need to bring to camp?

The answer is ZERO!  Campers are asked NOT to bring money with them to camp.  We do not offer any a “snack shack” or “canteen” found at other camps.  We do have a camp store called the Trading Post, but campers may only use credits placed into their account by their parents. Many campers flying into camp have traveling money with them.  This money is locked up during their stay at camp and may be used to purchase store items on the last day of camp as long as permission has been granted from a parent.

Is Camp Ho Mita Koda accredited?

What does being accredited by the American Camp Association mean? The American Camp Association sets the best standards in the camping industry, and we proudly are ACA certified. Being ACA accredited is the best guarantee of professionalism in camping because it lets you know we have voluntarily taken the time to ensure our program and our site meets the strictest codes of safety and excellence.

Click here to learn more about ACA accreditation.

Are Cell Phones Allowed at Camp?

Yes! Cell phones are permitted at camp. If you have a cell phone that is used as a receiver, you are permitted to bring it to camp. While we try to remain “unplugged”, we also lean into technology to ensure the safety of our campers.

We also have the ability to link up our Electronic Medical Record system with your camper’s Dexcom for additional oversight and management.

Please note that cell phone passcodes may be changed at check-in for safety.

Birthdays at CHMK!

We absolutely love celebrating birthdays at camp! Your child’s special day will be celebrated in style as they get to participate in our “Order of the Oar” ceremony followed by a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” sung by all of the camp during dinner and a special treat for the birthday child and their cabin!

Please call or email the camp office to arrange a party at least two weeks prior to your camper’s arrival.

Area Attractions
For over 90 years, Camp Ho Mita Koda has been proud to be known as a premiere T1D “Destination Camp”. Each season we are proud to welcome campers and families from all over the country and the world.

If you are from out of town and planning on spending time in Northeast Ohio, we have got you covered! Whether you are looking for a nice restaurant, a comfortable place to stay, or a one of a kind attraction, CHMK can help make your visit to Cleveland, Ohio a memorable one.

Please click on the link below to view CHMK’s official recommendations. Of course feel free to contact us at anytime and we will be thrilled to assist in any way possible and point you in the right direction of some of Northeast Ohio’s hidden gems.

Area Attractions

REGISTRATION

Do you offer financial aid for camp?

Yes, financial assistance is available through grants from local foundations, organizations, and donations from community members. 

I tried to register my camper for a session that says “Full” Or “Waitlist,” what does that mean and what can I do?

If you see a camp session marked “full” this means that all camper spots are reserved.

If a camp week/session is waitlisted, you can still fill out the waitlist form as if you were registering your child.  This does not mean your child is registered. If a spot opens, we’ll automatically send out an email to offer the spots to those on the waiting list (in the order they are received) before sharing it with the general public. 

My camper wants to attend camp with a friend. Will they be in the same cabin?

On the camp application form, there is a space to indicate a camper request.  While we cannot guarantee that the request will be granted, every effort is made to pair requested friends together as long as they are close in age.  If a cabinmate request was not indicated on the application, please contact the office prior to May 1 with your request.

Do you accept donations to help other children attend camp?

Yes! Thank you for your consideration in partnering with us on decreasing a barrier for a child to come to camp!  When donating to camp, your donations go directly to the operation of our camps or provide a camp adventure for a child who would not otherwise have had one.  You can donate through our website, in person, by calling our office, or by physically mailing it to us. To donate online go here.  A week of camp costs approximately $800 per week to the families and $1400 (real cost) to CHMK. 

 

When does registration open for camp registration?

Camp registration opens up on November 1st of each year for the upcoming summer season. All non-summer programs open up on November 2st of each year for the upcoming season.

How much does camp cost?

Camp Ho Mita Koda session fees vary at each of camp locations and by priogram. You will find camp pricing on the “Dates & Rates” page.

Camp Ho Mita Koda understands that families have different abilities to pay for a camp experience and that you know your family’s financial situation better than we do. Tiered pricing allows you to choose the rate that best fits your financial situation. The tier you choose remains confidential and in no way influences or affects the experience your camper receives. Tiered pricing allows us to stretch scholarship funding further, bringing more young people the opportunity to have a life-changing week at Camp Ho Mita Koda.

Tier 1 – Subsidized Rate
This is our heavily subsidized rate of summer camp and does not reflect the true cost of operating the summer camp program.

Tier 2 – Direct Cost Rate
This rate represents a portion of the direct costs of camp. This is a partially subsidized rate for those who can pay a little more than the Tier 1 rate.

Tier 3 – True Cost
This rate reflects the true cost of the camp experience to the organization.

We believe that every child should experience the powerful impact that summer camp provides regardless of income. For those families who cannot afford Tier 1, additional scholarship assistance through our Campership Program is available to ensure that all children have the opportunity to attend camp.

MEDICAL

What diabetes supplies should I bring?

Parent are asked to provide plenty of pump and CGM supplies (enough for a few extra site-changes just in case). Camp Ho Mita Koda provides all testing equipment, insulin, glucagon, glucose tabs, and more!  We will be testing at least 6 times a day. Also bring any special equipment that you require.  IMPORTANT: Label diabetes supplies with your name.

For more detailed information on supplies that camp provides, please visit our DIABETES MANAGEMENT page on the website.

What happens if an emergency occurs at camp?

If an emergency occurs at camp, we will make every effort to contact the parent or guardian using the information you have provided during registration. If an outside facility is required, University Hospitals in Chardon is the nearest hospital for summer camps.

Can you help my child with shots, carb counting, etc.? My child does not do this on their own.

This is very normal, especially for our younger or newly diagnosed campers. Our volunteer staff either has diabetes or is closely linked to diabetes or is a medical professional that takes care of kids with diabetes. We have carb info with all food – both visually and announced – and a staff person will observe what your child eats and help them count their carbs. Camp is the one place where counting carbs can become a game and we will teach several tricks on how to do this!

Can you accommodate children with disabilities and/or special needs?

Our camp-to-counselor ratio is 4 campers to 1 counselor. While we cannot provide one-to-one assistance, we sincerely believe that every child deserves a camp adventure. Our camp does take place outdoors (all day every day) and involves a variety of physical activities. If you have concerns or questions, we recommend calling and or scheduling a visit prior to registering your child for camp.

Are there 24-hour medical staff at CHMK?

Yes. All health professionals working at our CHMK camps are licensed in the state where the camp is held. The majority are also involved in diabetes care in their local community on a year-round basis. The safety of our campers is our number one priority. Our camp team of clinicians provides round-the-clock care, so families have peace of mind, while their children are at camp.

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