Thankful Hearts

Our hearts are full of gratitude for all the friends who helped 757 campers experience the power of belonging at Camp Odayin in 2017.

Generosity during Give to the Max Day last Thursday was particularly remarkable. $30,187 was donated, bringing the total along with the match to $60,187!  Thanks for your support of Odayin and of campers like Rachael…

$35,000 Raised at Heart & Sole

We’re so grateful to everyone who participated in, volunteered at or sponsored the 2017 Heart & Sole Run / Walk. September 23rd was a beautiful morning of fitness and fun for the whole family presented by Boston Scientific and emceed by Sven Sundgaard of KARE 11. The groovy fun event included an inflatable bounce house for the kids and a tie dye station for all ages. A remarkable $35,000 was raised at the 2017 run /walk to support Camp Odayin’s programs for children with heart disease.

Heart & Sole Presenting Sponsor
Boston Scientific

Director Level Sponsors

New Horizon Academy

Parents for Heart of Minnesota

Counselor Level Sponsors


Medtronic Foundation

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

Camper Level Sponsors

Children’s Minnesota

Emily and Carey Otto

Summer Edition of THE BEAT

This summer, Camp Odayin served 345 young people with heart disease from 16 states!  Expanded programming with the launch of a new Residential Camp in Elkhorn, Wisconsin has meant camp friends and fun for more kids than ever before. Check out some of the smiling faces and learn more about the happenings at Camp Odayin in THE BEAT…

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$75,000 Raised at Whole Heart

We simply cannot thank participants, sponsors and volunteers enough for their generous support at the Whole Heart Golf and Tennis Tournament. With their kindness, we raised over $75,000 for our programs and mission!  These significant funds will be used to provide life changing experiences for hundreds of children with heart disease. It was a great day in spite of disappointing weather and a shortened round of golf. Check out the 2017 Whole Heart Photo Album!

$92,000 Raised at the Benefit!

Have a Heart Benefit guests, sponsors, donors and volunteers made a huge impact on children with heart disease and filled our hearts with gratitude on April 8th! The inspiring campers, the silliness at Hammer-Schlagen, the rockin’ band… It all made for such a memorable evening and we’re so grateful.

The most remarkable aspect of the benefit was the amount raised to send superstar kids like the Border Feud game show contestants to camp. During the live ask alone, pledge cards, along with the St. Jude Medical match totaled $23,000! Overall, proceeds of the event broke all previous Camp Odayin fundraising records, raising an unbelievable $92,000!!
Enjoy the Have a Heart Album of the Mobile Photo Wall, Album by Lisa Venticinque Photography and video of Camper Border Feud! Stay tuned and ready to save the date for 2018…

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

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