Staff Experience

Who We Are

As the first and oldest camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes, Camp Ho Mita Koda is a camp like no other – uniquely focused on delivering amazing camper experiences to children and families. We offer dynamic programming in state of the art facilities, situated on 72+ beautiful acres in Newbury, Ohio and 1,800 acres in Metamora, Michigan, serving families throughout Northeast Ohio, Michigan, and the entire country! Celebrating our 95th summer in 2024, we have a wide variety of seasonal leadership and field positions available and we are continuing to grow and expand our year-round team. If you have a passion for excellence, are hardworking, possess excellent communication skills and want to grow as a summer camp professional, then we would love to hear from you!

Who We Hire

At the very core of Camp Ho Mita Koda is our staff, made up of teachers, education students, medical professionals, college athletes and coaches, artists, and other young professionals. We select only the best, most dedicated, and qualified staff, many of whom grew up at Camp Ho Mita Koda as campers or LITs. Never been to Camp before? Fear not! We hire a diverse range of staff from the United States and from all over the world!

Camp Ho Mita Koda counselors and medical staff are fun, mature, and knowledgeable people, whose first priority is to provide a safe, high-quality program to our campers. They provide group and individual instructions in our activities and act as mentors and role models to our campers. In short, our staff are a huge part of what makes Camp Ho Mita Koda great!

We’ve found that the best counselors and medical staff are leaders who know how to work very well in groups as well as on their own while enjoying learning from an experienced leadership staff as well as the campers they live with every day! Beyond teaching and leadership skills, we look for maturity, trustworthiness, intrinsic motivation, dependability, flexibility, and a willingness to put campers before themselves. Our expectations and standards are high for experience and certifications, as well as behavior in and out of camp.

Counselors spend a full week or more before campers arrive receiving dynamic, intensive training and learning the ins and outs of Camp Ho Mita Koda policies, games, facilitation, behavior management, culture, and how best to care for your campers. Plus, with a staff of over 30 for 65 campers, our camper to staff ratio ensures that every camper gets the care and attention they need.

Why Join Our Staff?

As part of the Ho Mita Koda team, you will:

  • Make a noticeable impact on campers and their families
  • Gain valuable leadership & work experience
  • Learn a wide range of new skills
  • Make countless new friends who are just as adventurous and fun as you!
  • Develop your imagination and creativity
  • Swim, play sports and games, and have fun every day!
  • Competitive PAY and PERKS for staff
  • Variety of POSITIONS to meet the wants and needs of personal and professional goals
  • We are the coolest staff around, need we say MORE?

Camp Philosophy

Camp can have an enormously positive impact on children. CHMK strives to create an environment where children feel physically and emotionally safe, and where they can develop socially, physically and creatively. Here at Ho Mita Koda, through building a community of peers and being immersed in the camp environment, campers learn that they are not alone in their diagnosis, that they are capable of achieving great things and can learn to view their diagnosis as a super power. Our staff act as leaders, mentors, and friends. We teach skills in a gentle, supportive way and emphasize values such as concern for others, cooperation, and confidence. CHMK hires staff members who are patient, understanding, motivated, energetic and believe in putting the needs of campers first!

Perks & Benefits

Camp Ho Mita Koda strives to take care of employees through a variety of perks, benefits, and providing a safe place to work and play. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a little something for everyone. Our hope is through taking care of our employees, we also provide a great place to work!


Professional Development

All staff are given a dedicated training schedule at the beginning of their employment. Continued training throughout employment is available depending on the department and position. It is the goal that all CHMK staff members stay current and maintain their skills no matter their department. Along with ongoing training, CHMK holds a 2-day staff retreat, departmental training, and monthly seminars about a variety of topics pertinent to non-profit administration or education.