Staff FAQ's

We are so glad you want to apply to work at Camp Ho Mita Koda for the summer of 2024!

Being on staff is one of the hardest and most rewarding things you could do with your summer.  Take some time to research and review the information below.

Where is Camp Located?

Sitting on a 72+ acre campus of dense forests and a 6.5 acre lake, Camp Ho Mita Koda is located in the heart of Geauga County, with easy access to several larger cities. Beachwood is 25 minutes away and has pretty much everything you will need from town: banks, food, restaurants, ice cream shops, etc. Cleveland is about 45 minutes away and has a great walkable downtown, tons of restaurants, and awesome art and music scenes.

What can I expect at staff training?

All staff will participate in mandatory pre-season training. Topics will include youth development strategies, risk management, learning age group characteristics, team building, facilitation skills, leadership techniques, diabetes management & education, and much more! Of course, staff training is also about bonding and having FUN, and becoming oriented to one of our incredible camp locations you’ll call home for the summer. Throughout the summer, team development continues through regular meetings to discuss areas for program improvement and strategies to ensure campers grow and have the most intentional learning experience at camp as possible. Accommodations and food are provided for you during training.

How much do I get paid?

At camp, we value hard work. There is nothing like earning a good old fashioned paycheck, and what we pay does not even begin to compensate the seeds you are sowing into young lives. Our pay is competitive in the camping industry, something we are proud of, but no amount of money can equate to what you do for these deserving campers during the summer! Our wages are determined by qualifications, years of service, and your role. In addition to your pay and travel allowance (if applicable), staff are provided with meals, lodging and health services. Staff are paid semi-monthly (twice/month) during the season via direct deposit. Deposits are available 2-3 days after the end of the pay period.  Pay dates will be published on the staff dashboard before the start of the season.

*Weekly rates are pro-rated to a daily rate if days at camp are less than the full session (7-days) or if time off is taken during a scheduled week.
*Pre-season staff training is paid at a weekly training rate equivalent to 50% of the contracted weekly rate.

Check out our Compensation page for more information on salaries and additions to pay for specific positions.

What about Staff Perks?
Staff are our greatest asset at camp and we love to make sure that they are well taken care of. As a member of the CHMK team, staff have access to a wide range of perks and benefits.
Pre-Season Meetups
Prior to the camp season, and as more staff join the team, we will be hosting several pre-season meetups to build community. These meetups may include overnight camping trips, escape room, bowling, happy hours, laser tag, and many more options. The first one will be scheduled soon and introduced during the first Winter Council event.
Pro Deals!
As a part of the summer camp industry, staff are eligible for major discounts on outdoor gear after 30 days of employment with several top companies like Chaco, Outdoor Prolink, Black Diamond, Liberty Mountain.
Free access to CHMK gear!
We pride ourselves on using high-quality gear for our camps. We provide all staff with access to use our gear during non-camp hours.
Camp Discounts for your Family
25% off when registering in advance.
50% off when registering 5 days prior to the start of the session.
75% off when registering within 24 hours of the start of the session.
Volunteer Hours!
If you have a non-profit you love that supports our mission and you volunteer for more than 5 hours in a year, we will donate $25 the organization.
Referral Program
We will be introducing a new Staff Referral program with many cool prizes to win, including custom t-shirts, hoodies, and cash!
Professional Development!
Throughout the year, we offer multiple professional development opportunities for our staff to gain more knowledge about summer camp operations and business-related topics through field training days, Leadership Development Program (LDP), webinars, conference grants, and optional meetups throughout the year.
What certifications do I need?

Specific positions must maintain relevant certifications for the job, such as lifeguarding for Aquatics staff or a facilitators certification for Challenge Course supervisors. While not a requirement, CHMK strongly encourages all staff and volunteers to maintain a CPR/AED and First Aid certification or higher that is valid through the end of the season they are working. 

What does time off look like?

We want staff to be at their best all the time, so time is allotted to relax and recharge. Scheduled time off varies from week to week and usually amounts to daily time off,  short night off, long night off, and a day off between each session.

What accommodations will I have?

Lodging for the summer season is provided as part of your employment compensation. Instructor staff will live with the camper groups inside rustic, yet modern, cabins. If you are a support staff (kitchen, office, medical, facilities), staff housing does exist at each location. However, the availability is limited and we will do our best to accommodate the needs of our staff. Support staff may be asked to live with campers rather than in staff-only housing. If you have special accommodation needs, please mention them during your hiring process. Cabin storage is limited and the beds are basic and comfortable. Private staff showers are available. Onsite laundry facilities are available for all staff.

What is the food like?

Meals are a part of your compensation and they are delicious! Our chefs bring versatile skills and menus to camp and are trained to accommodate a majority of dietary restrictions or preferences. Please be sure to let your Camp Director know of any dietary needs prior to staff training to ensure they are prepared.

Where do the campers come from?

Our campers come from throughout the country, with a majority from Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Many of our campers are referred to camp by their Endocrinologist or treatment hospital. We average 320 campers per season. 

What if I do not have Diabetes?

Not a problem! While we primarily serve campers with Type 1 Diabetes, we are looking for staff who have a passion and willingness to learn about, lead by example, and help manage diabetes for our campers.  We seek staff with warm personalities, positive attitudes, strong work ethics, good character and a sincere desire to live and work with children. If you have those qualities, and you’re willing to live by our values, then you’ll be a perfect fit for Camp Ho Mita Koda. We’ll train you in everything else you need to know during Staff Orientation.

Is there internet and cell phone service at camp?

Yes, we have WIFI available to staff on their time off, and many staff bring laptops to stay connected with the non-camp world. Cell service is a little patchy at camp. You’ll definitely want your cell phone for trips into town, and we have landline phones available to you if you really need them.

What are the policies on tobacco, alcohol, and drugs at camp?

Your two most important jobs at camp are keeping campers safe and serving as a positive role model. As such, tobacco, alcohol and drugs are absolutely forbidden at camp. Any staff member possessing or using any of these substances at camp will be terminated from their position. If you’re in the habit of using any of these substances on a daily/regular basis, summer camp is not a good fit for you.

What kind of kids will I be working with?

The majority of our campers have spent several summers at Camp Ho Mita Koda, and it’s their favorite place in the world. All campers have Type 1 Diabetes and view Camp Ho Mita Koda as their “home away from home”. Most of them come from pretty ordinary backgrounds and exhibit behaviors typical of their ages. They’re looking to have a great time at camp, and they’ll idolize you because of your age and position on staff. 

Can I use camp as an internship?

Yes, staff have used their work at camp as part of internships in the past, and we’re happy to help you in any way we can. If you have questions about making an internship work at camp, please contact us at or 440-739-4095.

What is staff orientation all about?

Before the arrival of campers, we host a mandatory staff orientation for both new and returning staff, which is designed to teach you everything you need to know to be successful in your role. The most important part of orientation is creating a sense of community and teamwork within the staff team, and our goal is for you to emerge with 30 new friends who you know you can count on. You’ll also learn youth development strategies, facilitation skills, and leadership techniques. Plus, you’ll learn all the hands-on skills needed to lead a cabin and facilitate camp activities, along with all the policies and procedures we use to keep everyone safe. Even when orientation is over and your campers arrive, you’ll have veteran staff by your side to help with anything that comes up.

If you love children and believe in their incredible potential, if you feel good about yourself and the talents you offer, if you thrive on healthy outdoor surroundings and believe in an active, enthusiastic approach to life, then Camp Ho Mita Koda may be the perfect place to call your summer home.