Ages: 17 Year Olds

Dates: June 25 – July 1, 2023

Total Fee: $650+50 deposit*

*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.

Important deadlines:

  • Camper physicals are due 6/1/2023.
  • Requests for financial aid are due by 6/1/2023.
  • All sponsorship payments need to be submitted by 6/1/2023.
  • All payments are due in full by 6/1/2023.

The Hertko Future Leaders (HFL) offers two programs for teens who want to further their leadership skills and/or prepare to become a counselor at Camp Hertko Hollow in future years. Two programs, the Counselor in Training (CIT) program and the Leaders in Training (LIT) program are offered to 16 and 17 year olds who are looking to gain valuable leadership skills that will serve them well at home, in school, and in their own communities.

Counselor In Training (CIT) – for 17 year olds

  • The CIT program is designed to offer qualified young people an opportunity to prepare to become a counselor at Camp Hertko Hollow in future years. Emphasis is placed upon developing leadership skills, sensitivity to children and program skills.
  • Participation in the CIT program is by selection. Those interested in the program must complete an application process, which includes an application and two letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants who are not selected as a CIT candidate for 2023 may still register for Teen Week (July 2 – July 8, 2023) as a camper.

To be a CIT:

  • Applicants must be 17 years old as of June 28, 2023.
  • A positive and cooperative attitude and pleasant disposition are critical attributes for the position.
  • Applicants must have previously attended Camp Hertko Hollow as a camper.
  • Applicants must be working towards good control of their diabetes and have a good understanding of diabetes and its care.

Application procedure:

  • Apply online by using the online camper application.
  • Click here to complete the Hertko Future Leaders Application form and write your essay.
  • Two letters of recommendation must be submitted. At least one letter should be from a physician, Diabetes Educator, or school nurse. The other letter should come from a teacher, group leader, or other adult who knows you well enough to evaluate your potential for working with children.