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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Archery
  • Camp
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Rifle Shooting
Participants Served
  • Age range of participants: 6 to 18

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Mission Statement

To Provide an educational and recreational camping program for Iowa's youth between the ages of 6-18 who have diabetes that promotes diabetes management skills to gain independence and a positive attitude for controlling diabetes.

Purpose Statement

Camp Hertko Hollow is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth who have diabetes. The goals at camp are: Recreation, Education, Regulation and FUN! Campers enjoy the traditional camp activities while learning about living with diabetes. Meeting other youth and counselors who have diabetes is also a great benefit from the experience.

Camp Hertko Hollow is a resident camp program held at the Des Moines YMCA Camp, located on the river north of Boone. Activities include horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, rappelling, ropes course, archery and riflery plus special activities for different ages. Camp Hertko Hollow, is independently operated and receives marketing assistance from the American Diabetes Association.