Welcome From Our Director!
It is with great pleasure that we welcome your child and family to Camp Ho Mita Koda for the 2020 season. Our home away from home and inclusive community revolves around making friendships, taking healthy steps toward proper diabetes management, and establishing a sense of place for each and every camper as they embark on their own personal T1D journey.
My name is Eric “EB” Brown and my love for summer camp started at Camp Buckeye in Beach City, OH when I was a boy, I couldn’t wait to become a counselor and lead campers to an awesome summer experience.
I have devoted my professional life to becoming the best camp leader that I’m capable of being. I’ve been an instructor, counselor, coordinator, and director at lots of camps all over the nation. During those amazing times I met and worked with some amazing people. I’m very thankful, grateful, and deeply honored to be a leader at CHMK. I can hardly wait to get started, meet everyone and hear all of your cherished memories and experiences at camp. I hope to lead staff to meaningful and fulfilling summers that will ensure wonderful and magical experiences for all campers.
I truly believe that summer camp can save the world, and that makes us all superheroes.I can’t wait to meet all of you this summer and am counting down the days until we welcome you all to the magic of Camp Ho Mita Koda!
In Camping Spirit,
Eric “EB” Brown, Camp Director
Where is Camp?
Camp Ho Mita Koda
14040 Auburn Road
Newbury, OH 44065
How Can I Contact Camp?
Please call our Camp Office at 440-739-4095 or reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where Can I See Photos of Camp?
We upload photos nightly, beginning on Monday evening, during your child’s camp week. You will receive an email update with the instructions on how to access camp photos on Monday afternoon.
To access the website, please click HERE.
What Time is Camp?
A one-week session of overnight camp runs from Sunday – Saturday. More information on specific times for drop off and pickup will be emailed to parents prior to their session and found below. In general you can plan on drop off occuring between 1-3pm and pickup at 9am.
A one-week session of day camp runs from Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm.
– Drop Off begins at 8:30am
– Pick Up begins at 4:00pm
Camp Preparation Checklist
Camp Ho Mita Koda – The Way Camp Should Be
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
– Review Packing List
FOUR WEEKS BEFORE CAMP
– Complete Required Forms for your Camper. All of the forms need to completed before your child starts camp and are available on your online account. Once you have logged in to your account the forms are listed under Forms and Documents. All required forms need to be completed even if your child is a returning camper. We need the most recent information to help provide the best camp experience for your child.
TWO WEEKS BEFORE CAMP
– Label all of your child’s belongings. Labeling your child’s belongings is the best way to prevent items from being lost. Pack!
– Remind your child about Camper Conduct expectations. We know you will support them as they get excited about their summer camp experience.
Forms & Account
Where can I upload forms and update camper information?
You can update your camper’s basic information, make payments, and complete required forms in your online account here. For assistance, please call our main office at 440-739-4095.
How can I make changes to my camper’s session?
Please email email@example.com or call us at 440-739-4095 to cancel or transfer sessions.
When are forms due?
All required forms must be submitted four weeks before your child starts camp. All required forms must be completed even if your child is a returning camper. We need the most current information to help provide the best camp experience for your child. If forms are not fully completed or submitted, there is a chance that your child may not attend camp.
Drop Off & Pick Up
In order to provide each family with a personalized check-in experience with our onsite doctors, CHMK has designated check-in times for each activity group and request that you drop-off at your designated time to ensure a smooth check-in process. Your designated drop-off time slot will be emailed to you two-weeks prior to your scheduled session. After the check-in process, parents/guardians will have the option of taking a self-guided tour of our facilities or depart. Please plan an hour for registration from arrival to departure. In general, you can plan on drop off to occur on Sunday between 1:00 – 3:00pm.
After an incredible week of camp, kiddos head home on Saturday morning. More information on arrival times for your specific group will be emailed out to parents ahead of pickup. Get ready for the tears of campers who just cant leave camp behind! Pickup will begin at 9:00am on Saturday, followed by our Parent’s Day program.
We do not allow visitation while your child is enrolled as we have found it can be a difficult experience for a child away from home. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter as it will be a great help to your child and many others in their adjustment to camp life. If parents/guardians would like to schedule a tour prior to their camper’s session, they may do so by contacting the director or signing up for a tour.
Plan on staying at camp for awhile during pick up. Feeling left out from the fun you see in the pictures? This day is for you, the parents, to experience a bit of the magic of Camp Ho Mita Koda! We will have closing ceremonies and then provide you all with the opportunity to go paddling, hiking and more with your child. Families will be able to participate in 2-3 activities in the time allotted. More information will be available prior to your specific parent day.
Mail & Packages
At camp, mail is a BIG DEAL! Your camper will enjoy receiving cards, packages, letters & email, and they are encouraged to write you back and share their camp experience with you. We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE families to prepare packages and letters IN ADVANCE and deliver them to our staff for safekeeping upon check-in on the first day. Through our experience, we have found that not all mail sent to camp will arrive while your camper is in session, especially packages. Oftentimes letters/packages have arrived after a session has ended, leaving many families and campers disappointed. The process of bringing a letter/package to camp on the first day eliminates any of these frustrations. Please label the mail with your campers name, cabin, and on which day you would like it delivered to your camper. All mail is delivered to campers after lunch Monday – Friday.
Camp Ho Mita Koda allows parents to EMAIL their camper during his/her stay at camp for FREE. Please put your child’s name and cabin number in the subject line and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you choose to send a letter through the mail (please no packages through the mail), you can use our mailing address:
Camp Ho Mita Koda
CAMPER NAME AND GROUP
14040 Auburn Road
Newbury, OH 44065
At Camp Ho Mita Koda, campers are unplugged! This is intentional, as we want campers to give their eyes a rest from staring at the TV, computer and phones, give their thumbs a rest from texting and playing video games, as well as give their ears a rest from their earbuds and headphones. They do not come to camp with, computers, iPods, etc. so they can have fun playing in the great outdoors as well as talking and building lasting relationships with both campers and counselors.
Cell phones are permitted at camp. If you have a cell phone that is used as a receiver, you are permitted to bring it to camp. While we try to remain “unplugged”, we also lean into technology to ensure the safety of our campers. Passcodes on the phones will be changed at check-in for safety.
Campers will love receiving mail at camp, and they are encouraged to write home as often as possible! Writing letters has almost become a lost art, but it is an important skill that all campers will work on at camp! Parents appreciate that our counselors take the time to send you handwritten mail during the term as well.
Parents, email is also a convenient way for you to contact your camper, but please note, they will not have access to a computer to email back.
While campers do not have access to a phone, please feel free to call and talk with our staff at any time for information, concerns or suggestions about your camper’s stay. When calling to speak with our staff, a message will be taken and the call returned at a specific time. You can reach us at 440-739-4095 or email@example.com.
Emergencies at Camp
Personal Emergencies – If any family needs to contact the camp because of a personal emergency, we can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 440-739-4095.
Emergency at Camp – In the unlikely event an emergency occurs that affects all of camp, we will make every effort to provide information as soon as possible.
Our initial contact will be by email. Please make sure we have your current email address. You can update your email address by logging into your account or by calling our office. Any urgent email messages will come from firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure your spam filter is not blocking this address.
We may also contact you by phone, either by voice or text message. Please check your email and your cell phone before you call us.
National or Regional Emergency – The same as an Emergency at Camp.
Need to know what to bring with you this summer to Camp Ho Mita Koda? Refer to our packing list below.
Campers should bring their belongings to camp in a soft-sided duffel or suitcase in order to fit underneath the cabin’s bunk beds. It is fine to pack some items in a labeled laundry bag or duffle bag. Please do NOT bring expensive outfits, jewelry or equipment to camp.
All camper belongings should be LABELED with their first and last name!
Click here for packing list:
Medical Expense and Medical Insurance
You or your medical insurance carrier is responsible for all of your child’s medical expenses. Doctor visits, x-rays, other medical treatment, and hospitalization will be billed directly to you or your medical insurance company. Medication will be charged to your account. You are responsible for any medical expenses Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation incurs on behalf of your child.
General Health Care at Camp
Camp Ho Mita Koda employs full-time, licensed registered nurses and professional medical providers and many of our staff members are also trained in first aid and CPR. We use local physicians for doctor visits and minor non-diabetes related emergencies. Should a serious situation occur, we take campers to the Geauga Medical Center or Hillcrest Hospital, both of which are 20-30 minutes away.
We do not contact parents for minor concerns (cuts, bruises, headaches, etc.). Parents will be notified if their child spends more than 24 hours in the health center or is seen by a doctor.
Prescription drugs, Over The Counter Medicines and Vitamin Supplements
All prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and vitamin supplements are kept locked in the Health Center. On opening day, they must be given to the nurses in their original containers with directions for use. Prescriptions are given to campers as prescribed at the Health Center. Campers are responsible for going to the Health Center at the appropriate time to take their prescriptions, over the counter medicines or vitamin supplements.
Health Check on Opening Day
On opening day, each camper will meet with a member of our nursing staff to review the camper’s health history form, collect any medications, and ask about recent illnesses or travels. A lice and athlete’s foot check will also be performed. Any camper determined to have a contagious condition or communicable disease will not be allowed to attend camp.
Behavior at Camp
Illegal Drugs, Marijuana, Alcohol, Tobacco, Electronic Cigarettes and Fireworks
Camper use of illegal drugs, marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, electronic cigarettes or fireworks of any kind is strictly prohibited and grounds for immediate dismissal without a refund. This includes the use of matches or lighters in a dangerous manner.
Campers have a great deal of freedom and many opportunities to make their own decisions at CHMK. We only require that they meet the following three expectations:
- Have Fun (get the most out of their camp experience)
- Have Respect (for themselves, others, and their property)
- Be Safe (in all they do at camp)
In summary, we expect our campers to treat others and their property as they would like to be treated. We have wonderful children and staff at CHMK. By sharing these expectations with your child before arrival at camp, they will be assured of a great camp experience.
Dismissal from Camp
Any camper who poses a danger to themselves or others will be asked to leave camp. Additionally, any camper who interferes with the enjoyment of camp for others will also be asked to leave. Physical violence is grounds for immediate dismissal. In these situations, no refund will be issued.
All of our staff have been selected based upon their genuine interest in working with children. Therefore, parents are not expected to tip our staff for performance. If you would still like to pay a gratuity, we have established a staff gratuity pool. Please do not tip individual staff members. Your child’s successful experience at camp is the result of all staff working as a team. You may leave a tip on closing day in the office. If you are unable to attend on the closing day, you can contact the office and we can charge your credit card on file to make a staff gratuity contribution on your behalf. The gratuity pool is then distributed to all staff at the end of the summer.