Dedicated to Children with Diabetes

Camp Hertko Hollow is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth who have diabetes. The goals at camp are: Recreation, Education, Regulation and FUN! Campers enjoy the traditional camp activities while learning about living with diabetes. Meeting other youth and counselors who have diabetes is also a great benefit of the experience.

Recent News From Camp Hertko

November 2015 Newsletter

Jessica Thornton - Friday, October 30, 2015

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People+Passion+Pledges=Big Splash in November

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Our campers are not the only ones who get the fun of taking the plunge and making a splash at Camp Hertko Hollow! November is National Diabetes Month and we have close to 40 campaigners who are eager to renew pledges from our past donors and help develop new financial supporters over the course of the next four weeks. For some people fundraising is an adventurous and fun task. For others it is something they really have to make themselves jump into. The common thread to their success is passion. Sharing passion for something you believe in makes all the difference in achieving your goals of fundraising for dollars or raising awareness. Weather you receive a call from one of our brave campaigners, or you go to our website and donate on-line, please help us to achieve our goal of $105,000. This money will continue to ensure that we never turn a child away from Camp Hertko Hollow due to an inability to pay. Our 2016 summer sessions are just around the corner and we need help now to generate funds for these amazing kids. Please consider making a pledge or donation to Camp Hertko Hollow this November! Until there is a cure, there is Camp Hertko Hollow.


How Do We Measure Up?

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Smiles captured at camp tell us a lot about our program, but we know there is always room for improvement. We annually conduct a survey after camp that is sent to our camp families and our volunteer staff. We are proud to share the highlights from that survey below.

Camp family highlights...
* 97% of parents said that Camp Hertko Hollow met or exceeded their expectations!
* 90% of parents said that Camp Hertko Hollow helped their child learn more about diabetes and the importance of managing their disease!
* 94% of parents said that the quality of the Camp Hertko Hollow staff was above average or extremely high!
* 83% of parents said that their child will be returning to camp next summer!

Volunteer Staff highlights...
* 94% of our volunteer staff said that their experience at Camp Hertko Hollow was good or excellent!
* 97% of our volunteer staff felt appreciated!


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These smiles are what keep us going!

Cookbooks Create a Healthy Feast of Camperships!


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Camp Hertko Hollow has a tasty tool for families to use to help earn partial and full camperships through selling our Carbohydrate Counting Cookbook. This cookbooks sell for $17.00 but $10.00 goes directly to camperships for a child at camp. You do not need to be a camper family to sell these books, this is a great project for any college group looking to help a charity in need, or a group looking to help a specific child in their community to attend camp at no charge to the family. November is a perfect time to sell these books as many people look to purchase cookbooks for their favorite "foodie" on their holiday gift list. The dividers in this cookbook are filled with pictures and testimonies of our camp, which brings out the sweet aroma of why camp is so important to these kids. A Special Gluten Free section is included, along with carbohydrate and nutrition information needed for successful meal planning.
Call April Barr at 515-471-8548 for more information and schedule a shipment of books to be delivered to your door today! Check out this delicious recipe from our cookbook:

Cinnamon Mini Muffins
Yield: 2 dozen Carb: 12gm
Calories 96 Protein:1gm
Fat:5gm Sodium: 128 mg

1 1/2 C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 C sugar
1 egg (lightly beaten)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C skim milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 C margarine (melted)
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

2 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 C margarine (melted)

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and allspice. Combine the egg, milk and margarine; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Spoon into greased or paper lined mini muffin cups. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until muffins test done. For topping, combine sugar and cinnamon. Brush the tops of warm muffins with margarine: sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.


Family Diabetes Education Retreat: April 29th - May 1st
Mini-Camp session 1: June 26 - June 29 (ages 5-7)
Mini-Camp session 2: June 29 - July 2 (ages 5-7)
Kids Week: June 26 - Jul 2 (ages 8-12)
Teen Week: July 3 - July 9 (ages 13-17)
Check out our Hertko Future Leaders program for teens ages 16-17, who desire to join our CHH staff in the future, just go to. . .

LIT( Leaders in Training) 16year olds: July 3 - July 9
CIT (counselor in training) 17year olds: June 26 - July 2
On-line registration opens January, 2016

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Camp Hertko Hollow invites you to support these upcoming events!

Jessica Thornton - Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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McAninch Sports Complex - 200 Wright Road, Norwalk

Saturday, July 25, 2015 
4:30 PM

Come out to see the “The Greatest Show on Dirt”! 
Ghost Players will travel in from the corn fields of Dyersville, Iowa to perform their entertaining comedy routine that incorporates children from the audience! Followed by a celebrity game of Ghost Players vs. Norwalk Police Officers & Fire Fighters. Proceeds benefiting Camp Hertko Hollow.


Irina's Restaurant and Bar - 2301 Rocklyn Dr, Urbandale - 515-331-0399

Thursday, July 30, 2015 
6:00 PM

Irina's will be hosting a four course dinner on July 30th at 6 pm, 20% of the dinner will be donated to Camp Hertko Hollow. Cost is $50 per person for dinner, drinks are additional. Click here to make your reservation.


Campbell Recreation Area - 12385 Woodlands Pkwy - Clive, IA 50325

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Registration for the 2015 Brinks Charity Kickball Tournament is now open and the proceeds of this year's tourney benefit Camp Hertko Hollow! The tourney will take place on Saturday, August 8 at Campbell Park in Clive. To register for the tournament please visit the registration website. Join the fun and help out a great cause, register today as the tourney is limited to the first 24 teams who enter. Team registration is $250 per team for at least 10 players per team


May 2015 Newsletter

Jessica Thornton - Thursday, May 21, 2015
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A message from the Executive Director . . .

It's hard to believe that Camp is just a few weeks away! We are busy hiring staff and getting kids registered for what we are sure is going to be our best summer yet (and yes, I know we say that every summer - but it really does just keep getting better and better)! The number of registered campers we have so far is ahead of where we were at this time last year so it looks like it's going to be a very full two weeks! Parents, if you haven't yet registered your child for camp I'd encourage you to do so sooner rather than later. Spots are filling up quickly, and we'd hate for you to miss out. We also still have financial assistance and sponsorship dollars available, so don't let the cost of camp get in the way of your child having one of the best weeks of their life!

In other news, I hope you'll read the section below about our Family Weekend. We had a huge group join us for a great couple of days full of campfires, informative speakers, a dance hosted by the teens, and even a "Smoothie Bike" (provided by United Healthcare)! It's always so fun to be at camp in the Spring - and it really gets us excited for the summer.

Hope to see you in a few weeks at camp! Thank you for being part of the Camp Hertko Hollow family!

Jessica Thornton, Executive Director

P.S. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns (515-471-8523)



Camp is just around the corner, have you signed up yet??? It's not too late - but we're filling up fast. This could be our largest summer ever! Reserve your spot today! It's guaranteed to be your favorite week of the whole year. Visit and register today!



June 21-June 24: 
Mini-Camp 1 (half week session for 6-7 year olds)

June 24-June 27: 
Mini-Camp 2 (half week session for 6-7 year olds)

June 21-June 27: 
1. Kids Week (8-12 year olds) 
2. Counselor in Training – CIT (17 year olds)

June 28 - July 4: 
1. Teen Week (13-17 year olds) 
2. Leaders in Training – LIT (16 year olds)

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The Spring Family Weekend and Teen Retreat (held April 24-26 at the Y Camp in Boone) was a huge success! We had over 150 people join us for a weekend full of fun, education, and numerous activities making it our largest Family Weekend ever. We couldn't have done it without the help of all of our fabulous camp staff and volunteers!

Special thanks to our speakers that gave such informative presentations: 
Dr. Ed Hertko 
Dan Sleiter 
John Smick 
Melissa Walker 
AnnElise Walsh

Special thanks to our vendors for providing our families with so many great resources:
United Health Care 
Run Like a Girl 
Omni pod 
Norvo Nordisk 
Thirty One gifts 
Mary Greeley Medical Center 
Lions Club 

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