In 1978, Don Scott founded Camp Hodia
at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountains.

He had a goal of establishing a place where kids and teens with diabetes could come to experience the outdoors, meet others with diabetes, form friendships, and learn self-care skills so they could live full and independent lives.

Kids posing in front of cabin. 1978 Don directed for the first time, we consider this Hodia’s established year. Gray dot, used to illustrate a point in history. Adults with candles, kids singing. 1979 It all started as 1 camp for 8-18 year olds at Camp Bradley. Gray dot, used to illustrate a point in history. Kids snacking at a park. 1980 We grew to 2 camps with the addition of a backpack camp for the teens. Gray dot, used to illustrate a point in history. Kids in stroller. 1982 Hodia remained 2 camps, but was hosted at Cathedral Pines where we used the cabins and lodge. Gray dot, used to illustrate a point in history. Kids posing for a picture. 1984 The camps moved to Luther Heights Bible Camp where we still are to this day. Gray dot, used to illustrate a point in history. Teen boys standing in front of lake. 1993 Two residential camps were born, Hodia Kids Camp and a Hodia Teen Camp. Gray dot, used to illustrate a point in history. 3 rafts tied at river edge with some people in them. 1997 Hodia became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, incorporated under the name Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs. Gray dot, used to illustrate a point in history. Group posing at river edge. 1998 Hodia Ski Camp was established in Sun Valley. Gray dot, used to illustrate a point in history. Children hiking through snow. 2004 The 4th camp, Hodia Shooting Stars Camp, opened for the youngest campers. Gray dot, used to illustrate a point in history. Kids posing for a picture. 2012 Bringing parents, siblings, and campers together, Hodia added a Parent Program. Gray dot, used to illustrate a point in history. Kids doing crafts. 2013 Hodia Wilderness Camp became an annual camp. Gray dot, used to illustrate a point in history. Kids sitting on rocks. 2014 Signed a 20 year lease to continue holding Hodia Teen, Kids, and Shooting Stars Camp at Luther Heights. Gray dot, used to illustrate a point in history. Hodia camp activity with kids and adult supervision. 2016 With the addition of some new cabins and lodge at our host camp, we recombined our 3-5 graders back into Hodia Kids Camp, and Hodia Shooting Stars became a new program called Hodia Shooting Stars Day Camp for 3-10 year olds! Gray dot, used to illustrate a point in history.

Our Founder

Don Scott, R.N. | Camp Nurse, Summer Camp Director

Don Scott, our beloved founder and director of Camp Hodia, died in a mountain-climbing accident on August 10, 2011 while hiking with friends and family in Wyoming. Our hearts ache from this untimely loss, especially for Don’s wife, Barb, their children, Isaac, David and Sarah, and other family members. But from this day forward – and for generations to come – we celebrate his rich and inspiring life.

Don was 63 years old, but in many ways he lived several lifetimes. He was humanity at its very best – always giving, always helping, always making life better for everyone he touched.

He was well known as a dedicated pediatric nurse and certified diabetes educator who went above and beyond his job duties for 35 years at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center to lovingly care for thousands of newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic children, teaching them and their families how to live successfully with diabetes. But he could never do enough. So, in 1978 he founded Camp Hodia.

Hodia camp activity with kids and adult supervision.

As if this wasn’t enough, Don and his wife Barb, a pediatric oncology nurse at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, also gave much of their time as volunteer members of the Northwest Medical Team in faraway places such as Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, responding to natural disasters such as earthquakes and famine.

In his “other life”, Don was surprisingly rugged and adventurous – always taking life to the next level. From SCUBA diving to running marathons, from backpacking to mountain-climbing, his boundless passion for people seemed to translate to a boundless passion for living.

Hodia camp activity with kids and adult supervision.
Don with his daughter Sarah who has been going to camp since 1982.

As one former Hodia camper and volunteer camp staff said: “He’s still there on top of that mountain gazing down at that beautiful site.” Indeed, his love of adventure, his lifelong dedication to his diabetic “family” and to people in need around the world has inspired us to live more playful, adventurous, giving lives.