Iowa Noon Lions Club
provides Camp Hertko scholarships
to diabetic children
from the local community.
Camp Hertko Hollow
A Special Residential Camp For Children
Who Happen To Have Diabetes
Camp Hertko Hollow is held at the Des Moines YMCA Camp site,
located along the Des Moines River north of Boone, Iowa. Facilities include
cabins, large swimming pool, craft lodge, newly remodeled dining hall, sport fields, and a new outdoor education building. The Y-Camp
provides the recreational program and dedicated physicians, nurses, dietitians,
pharmacists, dietetic interns, and counselors volunteer their time to provide
the diabetes education and regulation aspects.
Edward Hertko founded Camp Hertko Hollow in 1968 with 37 campers. The camp has
grown and added sessions in order to accommodate all of the teens and children with diabetes who want to
attend. The sessions are divided by grade: Teens 6th-12th grade in one
session, Kids 2nd-5th in another. Check the Camp website for the schedule.
Mini-camps are available for campers in K-1st grade. This
gives first time campers a taste of the camping experience. It's only 3 nights
long--no time to get homesick! Special fun activities are planned. Check the
Camp website for the schedule.
Siblings of the child with diabetes are also encouraged to attend camp if
space is available. Diabetes involves the entire family and increased
understanding about living with diabetes is beneficial.
Family Camp Weekends for the entire family are also scheduled during the
school year. View the website for details.
No child is turned away
due to lack of family finances, information about financial assistance is on
About Camp Hertko Website.
Link to Hertko Foundation
for more information.
Other Diabetes Information Links: