News from Camp Hertko Hollow

January 2015 Newsletter

Jessica Thornton - Friday, January 09, 2015
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A message from the Executive Director . . .

It's a busy time for Camp Hertko Hollow! We've wrapped up a very successful annual campaign, moved our office to the new Wellmark YMCA, and are now deep in planning for Family Weekend and Teen Retreat (April 24-26), as well as our summer sessions! We are also pleased to announce that we have changed the way that we price Camp Hertko Hollow for Summer, 2015 in a way that makes it better for parents. Our new pricing model strives to maximize our capacity while also keeping camp affordable for the majority of our families. While the true cost for one week of Camp Hertko Hollow continues to be approximately $1300, we are able to charge a much lower fee ($650 for week long camps/$325 for mini-camps) thanks to the generosity of the various donors that support camp. In addition, if a family cannot afford to pay the full fee then all we ask is that they pay what they can afford. A family’s financial situation should never get in the way of their child benefitting from a Camp Hertko Hollow experience. Camp is also aware that diabetes affects the whole family, which is why we also welcome non-diabetic siblings (pending availability), to attend Camp Hertko Hollow and receive the same diabetes education that will prove valuable for the entire family. We are excited about this new way of pricing and hope that it will make it even easier for families to send their child to camp this summer.

Thank you for being part of the Camp Hertko Hollow family!

Jessica Thornton, Executive Director



Ages: 13-17 Year Olds 
Dates: April 24-26, 2015 
Total Fee: $75/per participant 
No camper will be turned away due to an inability to pay. Financial assistance is available if you cannot afford to pay the full fee. For more information, call 515-471-8523.

Our next Teen Retreat will be held April 24-26 at the Y Camp in Boone, Iowa. 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.

Ages: All ages welcome! 
Dates: April 24-26, 2015 
Total Fee: $75/per participant 
No camper will be turned away due to an inability to pay. Financial assistance is available if you cannot afford to pay the full fee. For more information, call 515-471-8523.

Our next Family Camp weekend will be held April 24-26, 2015 at the Y Camp in Boone, Iowa. Children with diabetes of all ages are encouraged to attend with their family members, close friend, 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.



We're gearing up for a fun-filled summer, and are now accepting registrations for campers and volunteer staff. It's guaranteed to be your favorite week of the whole year. and register today!



April 24-26, 2015: Family Weekend

April 24-26, 2015: Teen Retreat

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, 2015: 
1. Kids Week (8-12 year olds) 
2. Counselor in Training – CIT (17 year olds)

June 28 - July 4, 2015: 
1. Teen Week (13-17 year olds) 
2. Leaders in Training – LIT (16 year olds)


Dr. Ed Hertko, founder of Camp Hertko Hollow and his wife Vicki Hertko accept their award for raising over $30,000 for the annual campaign.


This year's annual campaign was a huge success in thanks to the 47 volunteers who brought in over 500 donations totalling $131,349! What a blessing to have so many passionate volunteers, who are willing to make donation requests on behalf of camp. These volunteers' efforts make a huge difference to our organization, but most importantly to families who otherwise would not be able to afford to send their child to Camp Hertko Hollow. Specials thanks to the following individuals who helped with this year's annual campaign:

Mike Appleseth

Brant Ausenhus

April Barr

Sara Behn

David Blacksmith

Jolene Brady

Dave & Jill Brown

Amy Buress

Stephanie Cater

Anne Citarella

Brian Davis

Tammy Deheer

Stephanie Doerhoff

Ross Eoriatti

Travis Grassel

Ivan & Steph Gurerra

Susan Haines

Vicki Hertko

Joe Jorgensen

Jean Koch

Chris Koepplin

Jeff Kramer

Alex Kretzinger

Billie LeClair

Brad Long

Gregg Anne Lowe

Chasity Mease

Emily Melendez

Judi Norman

Troy Norman

Shelly Nurse

Patrick Patterson

Nathan Reese

Julie Roosa

Dave Sherry

Kaj Sinclair

John Smick

Amy Tappendorf

Eileen Thompson

Betsy Tille

Jace Wallerich

Judy Winegar

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