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.

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Recent News From Camp Hertko

June 2016 Newsletter

Jessica Thornton - Thursday, June 02, 2016

Happy Holidays from Camp Hertko Hollow!

Jessica Thornton - Monday, December 21, 2015

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Season's Greetings from Camp Herkto Hollow

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**Happy Holidays from everyone here at Camp Hertko Hollow!

We hope this holiday season has warm thoughts of Camp Hertko Hollow dancing in your heads, knowing that summer camp registration is around the corner. Camper and Staff registration will open on January 1st, 2016. To sign up visit

We have lots of exciting things brewing for 2016! Reserve your spot today!



Family Education Retreat will be held April 29 - May 1, 2016. Children with diabetes of all ages are encouraged to attend with their family members, close friends, grandparents, and even babysitters to learn about managing diabetes. Because diabetes affects the whole family, Camp Hertko Hollow’s Family Camp Retreats are for the whole family. This weekend is a wonderful opportunity for families to come together to learn more about diabetes and share their common experiences in a supportive setting. It’s also great for newly diagnosed children or children who haven't attended summer camp yet – during the Family Camp Retreat they will get a taste of what summer camp is all about. The weekend includes numerous camp activities in addition to workshops on diabetes. Informative speakers and panel discussion give everyone a new perspective. Click here to register.

Teen Retreat will be held April 29 – May 1, 2016. This weekend deals specifically with the concerns and needs of teenagers. Teens are increasingly independent and face ongoing challenges related to making decisions and managing their diabetes. Activities are designed to challenge and support teens so they leave the weekend feeling recharged and empowered. Click here to register.

Kids Week (6/26/16 – 7/2/16) for 8-12 year olds
Mini Camp Session 1 (6/26/16 – 6/29/16) – for 6 and 7 year olds
Mini Camp Session 2 (6/29/16 – 7/2/16) – for 6 and 7 year olds
Teen Week (7/3/16 – 7/9/16) for 13-17 year olds
Leaders in Training (7/3/16 – 7/9/16) for 16 year olds
Counselors in Training (6/26/16 – 7/2/16) for 17 year olds

Camp Hertko Hollow is guaranteed to be the best week of the summer! Bonus features are being added to make this camp session the best ever! Visit or call Deb Holwegner with questions at 515-471-8547.


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Special thanks to the 38 volunteers who helped Camp Hertko Hollow raise $105,445 for our annual campaign! These funds go directly to families who require financial assistance in order to attend camp and ensure that no child is turned away due to an inability to pay the full camp fee.

Without the generous support of our donors, these children wouldn’t be able to afford to attend Camp Hertko Hollow and would miss out not only on the educational opportunities, but also the chance to play, talk and spend time with other children afflicted with diabetes. We couldn’t do it without the help of our volunteers. On behalf of all the children who benefit from your support we thank you!


Camp Hertko Hollow wishes you a Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you all soon at our fantastic camp sessions in 2016!



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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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