The Board of Directors of the Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation has announced that the Nation’s first and oldest camp for children with type one diabetes will reopen.
In April, the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland (DPOC) announced that they were dissolving effective June 30, 2017, and that Camp Ho Mita Koda would be closing, as well. Soon after that meeting, the Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation, a new nonprofit organization, was formed. The foundation was established by community leaders, camp alumni, families of campers and others who want to see Camp Ho Mita Koda serve children with diabetes this summer and also well into the future.
“A great deal of time and effort has been contributed to try to keep Camp Ho Mita Koda open, this summer and in the future,” said Ted Rusinoff, foundation chairman. “Our Board is grateful to the many volunteer leaders who have stepped forward to chair committees and to engage our community, including our health care partners. I am thrilled to formally announce that we can offer Camp this July.”
At Camp Ho Mita Koda, children come together to learn and have fun, surrounded by others who are also managing T1D. This summer, 20 trained counselors are donating their time to ensure that children have a safe and enjoyable stay at camp. More than 30 licensed healthcare professionals will be present while camp is in session, with an attending physician, RNs, medical assistants and residents at camp each day.
Two separate weeks of camp will be offered: July 9-14 and July 16-21, as well as day camp July 16-18. Children ages 8-15 are eligible for overnight camp and younger children may attend day camp.