Camp Ho Mita Koda, in Newbury, OH is one of the oldest camps for children with Type 1 Diabetes in the country. For 88 years it has offered summer camp to thousands of children with type one diabetes.
Ho Mita Koda! That’s Sioux for “Welcome my friend!” and a mantra we embody here at Camp Ho Mita Koda. Founded in 1929 by Dr. Henry John, a pioneer in the use of insulin to treat diabetes, Camp Ho Mita Koda is one of the oldest running summer camps for children with diabetes in the U.S. Located on 72 picturesque acres east of Cleveland, OH in Geauga County, Camp Ho Mita Koda continues to be the highlight of hundreds of children with diabetes summers. Our goal is to help our campers have fun and learn about their disease and how to manage it.
For many children with diabetes, CAMP HO MITA KODA is their second home, and family.
Each summer, Camp serves over 400 children and has a dedicated team of highly trained counselors and staff that make each camper experience memorable through over 30 different activities. Through partnerships with Cleveland’s world-class hospitals, Camp has highly skilled medical staff on hand 24/7.
Since 2017, Camp Ho Mita Koda has been operated by the Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation, a group of camp alumni, friends, families, and supporters that are dedicated to securing camp’s future. Camp Ho Mita Koda is not possible without the support of the community as a whole, and we greatly appreciate all of the support we receive from donations and volunteers
It is a place where the kids can be normal, learn to care better for themselves, how to give their own insulin shots and pump inserts, and as they grow older learn how to advocate for people with diabetes. Camp is a place where they do not have to constantly carry a backpack of medical supplies and can enjoy a normal childhood with other children battling this chronic and, at times, deadly disease.
Every year these children look forward to camp. We are hard at work making final arrangements to open Camp Ho Mita Koda this summer but we need your financial support. Community support is be critical to our success. Please help us to continue to offer high quality programming; top notch, around the clock medical care; and an amazing summer experience for children with diabetes.