Medical Policies

Are medical staff available during activities?

Yes, medical staff members cover each activity at Camp.

How many times a day does my camper have to test?

Each camper tests his/her blood glucose at least four times a day. Testing is supervised by camp staff and results are recorded. Campers may test more frequently if necessary.  Testing is mandatory before each meal, pool time, and bedtime.

Will I get a copy of my child's blood glucose test results?

Parents receive a photo copy of their camper’s blood glucose records and a set of homecoming instructions at check-out on the last day of the camp session.

Can my child change his/her own site?

Campers are supervised by the dispensary staff when changing infusion sites.

Does camp supply diabetes supplies?

Camp Ho Mita Koda supplies insulin, test strips, lancets, and meters. Campers with insulin pumps must bring their own infusion sets. Camp does not supply insulin pumps. Syringes are stocked but Camp has switched to insulin pens.

Does my child have to give his/her own injections?

Campers are encouraged, although not required to give their own injections.  Campers may give their own insulin via the pump or injection under the direct supervision of the medical staff.

In addition to intake and meetings with dispensary staff, each camper is informally assessed daily by the person giving them their pre-meal insulin shot or bolus.  If a camper has never given a shot to him or herself, s/he is gently encouraged to increase the level of independence with each shot given. Some are unable to do more than help hold the pen. Others go on to learning to give their own shot independently each time and even learn new sites in which to give it.  The pride on their faces for every accomplishment is a sure sign of the importance of learning to care for their own disease management.

Campers with pumps are encouraged to learn all they can about making their own changes in pump settings and also to change their own pump sites as needed.  Most campers with pumps have a basic understanding to at least calculate a meal time bolus. More infrequent setting changes, such as insulin sensitivity settings and insulin to carb ratios are less common changes necessitated by the increased activity at camp.  If campers have not made these changes, they are shown how to do so on their pumps.

I heard campers run high - is this true?

The target blood glucose range for Camp is 120-180 mg/dL, which is slightly higher than their home target.  Read more...

What is the procedure for lows?

The rule of 15 applies.  Treat with a 15g serving of quick acting carbohydrates, such as tabs or juice, wait 15 minutes, and retest.

What happens if my child has a blood sugar issue in the middle of the night?

Campers who go to bed with a blood glucose lower than 100mg/dL or a high blood glucose level are rechecked at midnight and, if needed, every 1-2 hours afterwards until a safe blood glucose level is reached.  Those campers needing constant monitoring are brought to one of the sleep rooms in the Dispensary to be monitored by the medical staff.  Children who display signs of hypoglycemia during the night are also check by the staff as needed.

Firsts at Camp

Many campers do something new for the first time at camp. Younger campers in particular are able to increase their independence from having their parents doing everything for them. This increases their pride and ownership of their diabetes.

2013 Campers had these firsts:

  • Giving themselves a shot for the first time ever.
  • Giving their first shot using an insulin pen.
  • Giving themselves a shot in a new site.
  • Changing their pump site by themselves for the first time or helping significantly.
  • Making pump setting changes for the first time.
  • Becoming aware of the carbohydrates they were eating by planning their meal carbs with their counselors.
  • Older campers gained greater understanding of their diabetes. They came to appreciate the importance of watching patterns, exercise and the effect it had on blood sugar and insulin needs.

Read more details about diabetes education at Camp.

Camp Ho Mita Koda

Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland

3601 S. Green Rd., #100
Beachwood, OH 44122
Phone: 216-591-0800 | Fax: 216-591-0320



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