Camp Odayin provides fun, safe and supportive camp experiences and community building opportunities for young people with heart disease and their families. Our mission is based on a holistic approach to healing hearts, a desire to nurture and develop independence, confidence, and acceptance throughout our camper’s lives, the importance of a sense of community among our heart family, and an emphasis on having fun and celebrating life!
Camp Odayin is committed to creating a safe space where campers, staff, and volunteers feel welcomed, respected, and valued. We are dedicated to promoting equity in our programming and in our organization. We ask our Camp Odayin family and our entire community to join us in an ongoing commitment to rejecting hate, racism, and intolerance.
Before Camp Odayin started, we wanted a name that reflected the beauty and people of Minnesota. A “name that camp” contest was held and ODAYIN (Ojibwa word for heart) received the most votes.
We consulted with various indigenous people, groups and organizations to ensure using the word ODAYIN was appropriate and respectful.
Camp Odayin acknowledges that our partner camps in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and office in Minnesota, are on the stolen and traditional lands of Indigenous Peoples who are the original stewards of these lands. With honor we acknowledge the use of this land and the Ojibwa language. May our hearts and actions be full of respect and gratitude for this land and its history.
Camp Odayin’s Programs
Residential Camp allows campers grades 1-11 to enjoy swimming, boating, arts and crafts, volleyball, horseback riding, nature, basketball, and music in a safe, medically-supervised environment during a five day experience.
Family Camp is an opportunity for families affected by heart disease to come together for a weekend full of fun, education, support and camaraderie.
Winter Camp offers previous Residential Camp campers the chance to reconnect and experience snowshoeing, broomball, and sledding over a three day weekend in February.
The Moms Retreat is a Saturday – Sunday program which includes meals, lodging, optional spa and yoga activities, fabulous guest speakers and camaraderie.
Dads Day is a day of outdoor recreation to build camaraderie and connection between dads of children with heart disease.
Ticker Talk is a free, online Camp Odayin meet up for heart kids in grades 1-12. The hour together is a mini camp experience, full of campy-fun and interactive trivia, games, speakers and more. Ticker Talk gatherings are hosted on Zoom every other month during the school year.
Mortimer’s Mates is a group for former Odayin campers to join after graduating from high school to enjoy continued connection, alumni events, speakers, and more.
Camp Odayin welcomes people of any race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.