Winter News

It’s been an incredible 2016! Check out the Winter Newsletter to read how campers lives were impacted this year and learn about all we’re looking forward to in the year to come!

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Summer News & Family Camp Registration

What an amazing summer it’s been! So many stories and smiles came out of our Residential Camp, Day Camp and Young Adult Retreats. We watched new friendships blossom and graduated campers who’ve been attending Camp Odayin since kindergarten! We’re excited to share a bit about these super summer months in the latest edition of THE BEAT.

With summer days fading away, it’s time to get excited about Family Camp in the fall! Registration is now open for our two sessions – October 21-23 in Amery, WI (near the Twin Cities) and November 11-13 in Camp Lake, WI (near Milwaukee/Chicago. Visit the Family Camp page for more information and registration details:

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Fundraiser at Fulton Brewing – August 22nd

The Luse-O’Hara Foundation is hosting a fundraiser to benefit Camp Odayin by enhancing the nature program offerings at camp. The Luse-O’Hara Foundation initiates and supports programs that directly improve the health, well-being and lifestyle of children fighting life-threatening illnesses.

Join the Luse-O’Hara Foundation and Camp Odayin at Fulton Brewery on Monday, August 22nd from 5-8 pm. There will be a short presentation at 6:00 as well as live music, games and a silent auction throughout the evening. Come learn about the Luse-O’Hara Foundation’s completed project at the Ronald McDonald House and the new initiative with Camp Odayin. Tickets will include one beer and are $35 online before the event and $40 cash-only day-of the event. Your tax-deductible contribution will go towards the nature program at Camp Odayin. Thank you for your support!


Monday, August 22nd, 5:00pm

Fulton Brewery
414 6th Avenue North | Minneapolis

Includes 1 beer ticket

Live Music | Games | Silent Auction | Special Guest Speakers and More

Spring News…

During the past two years at Family Camp in Camp Lake, WI, we’ve been making new friends and scouting out the neighborhood. The warm welcome we’ve received has inspired us to spend more time in the area. After a great deal of planning, it’s official…we’ll maintain our roots in Minnesota and all of our current programs, but we’re getting ready to expand. Camp Odayin will be hosting Residential Camp in Elkhorn, WI July 31-August 4, 2017. The overnight experience will serve children in grades 1-11 at Lutherdale Camp, which is 60 miles from Madison, 45 miles from Milwaukee and 70 miles from Chicago.

Read more about our plans to expand and all the latest Odayin news…
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Summer Camp Registration

Registration for Summer Camp is available!

July 11-15, 2016 (Chippewa: Grades 1-6)*
July 18-22, 2016 (Flambeau: Grades 6-8)*
July 25-29, 2016 (Namekagon: Grades 9-11)
August 1-5, 2016 (Day Camp: Grades K-2)

*6th grade is a float grade. If your 6th grader is in elementary school this year, please sign them up to attend Chippewa week. If they are in middle school this year, please sign them up to attend Flambeau week.

Visit the Residential Camp page – application due May 1st

Visit the Day Camp page – application due July 1st

Camp Kick Off Bowling Party

Whether your child has attended camp for the last ten years, has graduated, or won’t be ‘camp age’ for five more years, you’re welcome at the seventh annual Camp Kick Off Bowling Party. Any family of a child with heart disease is invited to join us for an afternoon of fun and friendship. Bring the whole family – we’ll take care of lanes, shoes, treats, and a good time for all!

7th Annual Camp Kick Off Bowling Party

Sunday, March 6th 3:00-5:00 p.m.

AMF Southtown Lanes, 7941 Southtown Ctr., Bloomington, MN 55431

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and complete your child’s summer camp application onsite!

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 2nd:

Winter News

2015 has come to a close and at Camp Odayin, we’re filled with gratitude for a fantastic year. We’ve had the privilege of growing our heart family, serving 680 children with heart disease, parents and siblings. There are countless event attendees, donors, volunteers and supporters for whom we’re so thankful. Camp Odayin exists because of YOU…

Download the Winter edition of THE BEAT newsletter (613 KB)

Thank you to everyone in the Camp Odayin family for your friendship! Special thanks to the following companies, foundations and fundraisers for their recent generous support…

Allina Health – Dollars for Doers
AmazonSmile Foundation
Baker Foundation
Blandin Foundation
Capitol Indemnity Corporation
Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company
DEW Foundation
Hardenbergh Foundation
Indeed Brewing Company
Kyle Rymiszewski Foundation
Margaret Rivers Fund
Mid-America, Inc
Mike and Linda Fiterman Foundation
Northern Dakota County Chapter of Thrivent Financial
Opus Foundation
RBC Foundation
Robert S. Starr Foundation
Silent Sports Foundation/Team Strong Heart
Staub Financial Golf Tournament
Thrivent Financial – Choice Dollars
Thunderbird Charitable Foundation
UnitedHealth Group Charity Golf Event
University of MN Medical School Pediatric Interest Group

Summer News

The steady stream of amazing people we meet at Camp Odayin is pretty remarkable. This summer alone, there were the 300 incredible young people who attended the Young Adult Retreat, Residential Camp and Day Camp…the 102 volunteer counselors, nurses and cardiologists who cared for them…and the generous donors who attended one of our three recent fundraisers. Get to know who we’ve been spending time with and what we’ve been up to…

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$80,000 Raised at the Whole Heart!

Our hearts are SO full of gratitude!! Thank you to Medtronic and all of the generous sponsors of the Whole Heart Golf & Tennis Tournament. On June 15th, we raised a record smashing $80,000 at the annual tournament. This helps us to send even more amazing kids and families to camp! Huge thanks to the golfers, tennis players, dinner guests, sponsors, and volunteers who made the tournament such a success. #‎WholeHeart2015‬
See photos of the tournament HERE

Record Proceeds at Have a Heart!!

We are entirely blown away! Support at the Have a Heart Benefit was beyond overwhelming. With the help of amazing guests and generous sponsors, we crushed record proceeds from years past and raised $82,595 at the benefit!

This increased giving was hugely in part thanks to guests’ generosity pledging to send campers to camp. We hoped to raise $10,000 in ten minutes, but raised more than twice that – $20,225!  In the coming year, benefit guests are sending 9 campers to Residential Camp, 18 campers to Day Camp or the Young Adult Retreat, 15 campers to Winter Camp and 67 campers to Family Camp. What a huge difference 340 wonderful supporters can make in one evening!

Thank you for a wonderful evening. Enjoy the Have a Heart Album of moments captured by Judd Sather of Studio J, Inc. and the awesome (and mostly silly) pics from the Mobile Photo Wall. Huge thanks to all who attended, sponsored and supported the Have a Heart Benefit on April 18th!

Heartfelt thanks,
Sara, Matt, Cassie and Alison

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