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What is Camp Hodia?

Camp Hodia is Idaho’s residential camp for children ages 8-18 with type 1 diabetes. The service area for the Hodia Camps stretches from Baker City, Oregon to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and all across the state of Idaho. Located near beautiful Alturas Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains north of Sun Valley, Idaho, Camp Hodia offers an exciting experience for kids going into grades 3-12. Camp Hodia was founded in 1978 by Don Scott, a pediatric nurse at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center.

In addition to our residential summer camps Camp Hodia also runs Hodia Shooting Stars Day Camp for younger children, and two special interest camps: Hodia Ski Camp for youth 12-18 years old and Hodia Wilderness Camp for adolescents 15-19 years old.

Hodia is accredited by the American Camping Association, which demands rigorous safety and quality standards.

A Look at Camp Hodia from Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs on Vimeo.

Where Camp Hodia is located?

Hodia Teen and Kids Camps are located at the Luther Heights Bible Camp in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area near beautiful Alturas Lake. A map to the Hodia summer camps can be found by clicking here. Directions are below.  The location of Hodia Wilderness Camp varies depending on the year and the adventure activity! See the camp page for more specific information. Hodia Ski Camp is held at a different Idaho ski resort every couple of years! See the camp page for more specific information. Hodia Shooting Stars Day Camp is held at a park in Meridian, see the camp page for more specific information.
Teen and Kids Camp Via Sun Valley, Idaho:
The Camp is approximately 40 miles north of Ketchum/Sun Valley. Go north on Highway 75 over Galena Pass and past Smiley Creek Store. Stay on Highway 75 and 3 miles beyond Smiley Creek you will come to Alturas Lake Road. Turn left onto Alturas Lake Road — continue 3.5 miles to the sign for Luther Heights Camp. Turn right onto the access road into the camp.
Teen and Kids Camp From Eagle Via Banks/Lowman/Stanley :

If you’re starting in the Treasure Valley, start by setting your GPS to the Home Depot in Eagle Idaho: 2808 E State Street, Eagle, ID 83616

Home Depot is on the corner of E. State Street and Highway 55
  • Head North on Highway 55 for 37.9 miles. You’ll drive through a town called Horseshoe Bend, until you reach Banks (there is a little restaurant/convenience store and raft company on the left hand side of the road. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.)
  • Immediately after the restaurant/convenience store/raft company you’ll cross the river and take your immediate right towards Garden Valley/Lowman/Stanley. This is Highway 17. 
  • Continue on Highway 17 towards Garden Valley/Lowman/Stanley for 34.1 miles
  • The road will come to a T intersection in Lowman. You’ll see the Lowman School on your right. Take a Left at the T, towards Stanley. This is Highway 21. 
  • Continue on Highway 21 for 58.1 miles until you get to Stanley. 
  • Drive through the town of Stanley and take a right when you get to a T on the far end of town. This is Highway 75. 
  • Camp is approximately 25 miles south of Stanley. Continue south on Highway 75 past Obsidian and past a sign for Busterback Ranch on your left. In another half a mile there is a sign for Alturas Lake Road. (If you get to Smiley Creek, you have gone about 3 miles too far. )
  • Turn right onto Alturas Lake Road and continue 3.5 miles to a sign for Luther Heights Camp, this is the camp we’re at. 
  • Turn right onto the access road into the Camp.

When will registration be online?

We like to have registration for summer camps go online on or around January 1. Summer camp staff applications also go online January 1. Registration for ski camp is usually live on October 1.

Are scholarship funds available for camp?

Camp Hodia has never turned away a child because of a family’s inability to pay. Please see the Cost section of your child’s camp website and contact us with any questions. Camp Hodia relies on generous donors every year to keep the camp affordable. The actual cost of camp is nearly double the in-state camp fee. This subsidization is possible thanks to generous donations of time and money by caring organizations and professionals. If you are interested in contributing to our campership fund, or if you want your child to attend camp but need some financial assistance, contact us:

Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs

1701 N 12th St.
Boise, Idaho 83702
Phone: (208) 891-1023
Fax: (208) 891-1023

Do I have to register online?

Yes. Our camp records are kept online by a secure service. This service makes it easy to register, update your registration, make payment using many forms including eCheck or any major credit card. If you don’t have access to a computer, call us and we can register you and take payment for your camp over the phone.

When is payment due for camp?

Your camp fees must be paid for by 3 weeks prior to camp. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please indicate so on your online registration. Contact us if you have any questions.

Is there anything we should do to prepare for camp?

During the 1-2 weeks before camp, it will be very helpful to the staff if you would keep a record of your camper’s blood sugars (4 times a day) and activities you participate in during this time period.

What if I can’t come to camp at the last minute?

If you are unable to attend camp, please call the Camp Director as soon as you know so we won’t start worrying. For Teens and Kids Camp- if you need to reach us on Saturday (the day before camp) or later, please call Luther Heights campground at (208) 774-3556 and leave a message. Shooting Stars Day Camp, Ski, Wilderness Campers need to contact the Camp Director.

What happens when I arrive?

Each camper will be registered and interviewed by a camp doctor or nurse and cabin counselors when arriving at camp. Parents and campers will meet the camp director, physician, nurses, dietitians, and counselors to discuss the activities, camper’s medical history, dietary routine and expectations for education.

What diabetes supplies should I bring?

Bring your insulin and testing equipment with you as well as plenty of pump and CGM supplies (enough for a few extra site-changes just in case). We provide some insulin and testing equipment, but it is unwise to leave home without your own. We will be testing at least 4 times a day. Also bring any special equipment that you require. Make sure the batteries in your testing meter are fresh, or put new ones in before you arrive. IMPORTANT: Label diabetes supplies with your name.

Does Hodia provide transportation?

Getting to summer camp is your responsibility. If you need any help getting a ride to or from camp, contact your Camp Director at least 2 weeks prior to summer camp. You will be given the name of others who may be able to bring you. All transportation is cooperative, so assistance with gas money would be appropriate. There will be no need for a camper to have money at camp, except lunch money if your child is riding with someone to camp.At ski camp, we charter a bus that has pickups in Pocatello, Jerome and Boise. Please see the ski camp pages for details.

What behavior is expected at camp?

Camp Hodia has some simple rules of conduct and behavior—similar to a public school. If unacceptable behavior occurs, your child may be placed on a behavior contract and you will be notified. For extreme or persistent problems, you may be required to pick up your camper before the end of camp. We appreciate your support and understanding.

Is there a dress code?

Similar to public schools, Camp Hodia does not allow provocative or inappropriate clothes. Please take care to have a modest swimsuit.

Can I make phone calls from camp?

There is only one phone at Luther Heights Camp. Only urgent calls may be made from camp. Campers are discouraged from calling home. Note, there is no cell service at Luther Heights—and limited cell service at Hodia Ski Camp.

What should we bring to camp?

For detailed lists of what to bring to camp, please see the individual camp pages:

What if my child has celiac?

No problem! Hodia’s Kitchen Liaisons prepare a similar menu to the typical camp menu for campers and staff with celiac. In addition, we use a separate kitchen to prepare this food, as well as dedicated pots, pans and cooking utensils.

Will someone assist me with my medications at camp?

ALL medications and herbal or vitamin supplements must come in their original and labeled containers in order to be administered at camp. Please DO NOT send medications in medisets or baggies. For questions, call Vicki Cutshall, Camp Infirmary Nurse, at (208) 867-3907.

What happens if an emergency occurs at camp?

If an emergency occurs at camp, we will make every effort to contact the parent or guardian using the information you have provided during registration. If an outside facility is required, St. Luke’s Hospital in Ketchum is the nearest hospital for summer camps.For summer camps, campers can be reached at (208) 774-3556. This phone is during summer camps only and is not routinely answered—expect to leave a message.

What is the mailing address for summer camp?

Luther Heights Camp
HC 64 Box 9381
Ketchum, ID 83340

(Its fun to get mail while you’re at camp!)

Who are good staff contacts for camp?

Click here for contact information for any Hodia Camp Director, our Board Chairman or our Executive Director.

Hodia Kids Camp

Where Camp Hodia is located?

Hodia Teen and Kids Camps are located at the Luther Heights Bible Camp in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area near beautiful Alturas Lake. A map to the Hodia summer camps can be found by clicking here.From Sun Valley, Idaho:
The Camp is approximately 40 miles north of Ketchum/Sun Valley. Go north on HWY 75 over Galena Pass and past Smiley Creek Store. Stay on HWY 75 and 3 miles beyond Smiley Creek you will come to Alturas Lake Road. Turn left onto Alturas Lake Road — continue 3.5 miles to the sign for Luther Heights Camp. Turn right onto the access road into the camp.From Stanley, Idaho:
The Camp is approximately 25 miles south of Stanley. Go south on HWY 75 past Obsidian and past a sign for Busterback Ranch on your left. In another half a mile there is a sign for Alturas Lake Road. If you get to Smiley Creek, you have gone about 3 miles to far. Turn right onto Alturas Lake Road and continue 3.5 miles to a sign for Luther Heights Camp. Turn right onto the access road into the Camp.

When should campers arrive at Hodia Kids Camp?

Please plan to arrive between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM on Sunday for registration and please feed your camper lunch before you arrive.  Please arrive between these hours only. Arriving at times apart from these hours will disrupt camp and staff activities. If you are unable to come to camp and have registered, please contact us.

When should I pick my camper up from Hodia Kids Camp?

Camp ends at 10:00 AM on Saturday, please arrange to pick-up your camper.

What special activities are planned?

We will be going to Sun Valley for swimming during camp. Also, please bring jeans for horseback riding. Click here for a list of other camp activities.

Hodia Shooting Stars Day Camp

When does camp begin?

Campers should arrive at 10:00am each day. For the complete schedule including drop-off and pick-up times and locations click here.  Friday and Monday drop-off location is Tree City Church. Saturday and Sunday drop-off location we will be in the A2 Pavilion at Kleiner Park.

When/Where should I pick up my camper from Hodia Shooting Stars Day Camp?

Day camp ends at 4:00pm each day. Please arrange to pick up your camper. For the complete schedule including drop-off and pick-up times and locations click here.

Can you help my child with shots, carb counting, etc.? My child does not do this on their own.

This is very normal – particularly in this age range – but even at our older kids camps. Our volunteer staff either has diabetes or is closely linked to diabetes or is a medical professional that takes care of kids with diabetes. We have carb info with all food – both visually and announced – and a staff person will observe what your child eats and help them count their carbs. Camp is the one place where counting carbs can become a game and we will teach several tricks on how to do this!

My child uses Humalog, Apidra, a pump, a CGM, etc. – can my child use that at camp?

Absolutely – please plan to continue with whatever way your child manages diabetes at home. If your child is on a pump, they will use that just like normal.

What will my child eat at camp?

We will have lunch and an afternoon snack each day. Low treatment options are always available.

What will my child learn at camp?

The biggest thing kids learn at camp is that there are other folks out there in their shoes, managing diabetes every day. More concrete learnings, depending on age, may include carb counting, using insulin to carb ratios, how to adjust insulin for activities, taking their first independent shot, and site rotation. Most teaching is done in small chunks we call teachable moments. This is the concept of addressing topics that come up in activities or in conversation. For more on education at Camp Hodia please visit the About Us page!

Hodia Teen Camp

Where Camp Hodia is located?

Hodia Teen and Kids Camps are located at the Luther Heights Bible Camp in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area near beautiful Alturas Lake. A map to the Hodia summer camps can be found by clicking here.From Sun Valley, Idaho:
The Camp is approximately 40 miles north of Ketchum/Sun Valley. Go north on HWY 75 over Galena Pass and past Smiley Creek Store. Stay on HWY 75 and 3 miles beyond Smiley Creek you will come to Alturas Lake Road. Turn left onto Alturas Lake Road — continue 3.5 miles to the sign for Luther Heights Camp. Turn right onto the access road into the camp.From Stanley, Idaho:
The Camp is approximately 25 miles south of Stanley. Go south on HWY 75 past Obsidian and past a sign for Busterback Ranch on your left. In another half a mile there is a sign for Alturas Lake Road. If you get to Smiley Creek, you have gone about 3 miles to far. Turn right onto Alturas Lake Road and continue 3.5 miles to a sign for Luther Heights Camp. Turn right onto the access road into the Camp.

When should campers arrive at Hodia Teen Camp?

Please plan to arrive between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM on Sunday for registration and please feed your camper lunch before you arrive.  Please arrive between these hours only. Arriving at times apart from these hours will disrupt camp and staff activities. If you are unable to come to camp and have registered, please contact us.

When should I pick my camper up from Hodia Teen Camp?

Camp ends at 10 AM on Saturday. Please arrange to pick up your camper.

What special activities are planned?

We will be going whitewater rafting near Stanley, and rock rappelling. Click here for a list of other camp activities.

Can I get a ride to camp?

We do not offer transportation to Hodia Teen Camp. If you have any questions please contact the Camp Director.

Hodia Ski Camp

How does transportation work?

Hodia Wilderness Camp

What safety precautions are taken for Hodia Wilderness Camp?

While we are expecting no emergencies while at camp, we are taking every precaution necessary. All staff will have basic medical training and have passed a rigorous screening process by the camp director and Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs. The staff will include at least one physician with extensive back-country training. The Forest Service, nearby hospital, and police know about our program and where we are located during the week.

What are the drop-off and pick-up times and locations?

We will meet in the Boise area for a group departure on the morning of the first day of camp and pick up at the end of camp at the same location.  The precise location and times will be arranged as camp gets closer.