2022 Summer Camp Dates
July 5-9*: Namekagon session (grades 9-11) in Crosslake, MN – VIEW PHOTOS
July 11-15: Flambeau session (grades 6-8) in Crosslake, MN – VIEW PHOTOS
July 18-22: Chippewa session (grades 1-6) in Crosslake, MN – VIEW PHOTOS
July 25-29: Nokasippi session (grades 1-11) in Elkhorn, WI – VIEW PHOTOS
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Registered Camper Information
Minnesota Residential Camper Information (Namekagon, Flambeau, Chippewa sessions)
Wisconsin Residential Camper Information (Nokasippi session)
Camp Odayin’s residential program is for children with heart disease in grades 1-11, who would benefit from connecting with other young people who may share similar health, emotional, and social concerns. Camper eligibility is determined upon recommendation by a pediatric cardiologist and approval by the Camp Odayin Medical Director. The camp director and your child’s cardiologist can help you assess if your child should apply to attend camp. The only charge to a camper is $25.
2022 Residential Camp details: Getting to and from camp, Angel Flight Central, Travel Scholarship, Hotel suggestions, What to bring to Camp, Medication form, Medical Attention details, Odayin Gear, and What makes a Happy Camper. Additional information, such as themed/costume packing list items, will be added to the 2022 Residential Camp page as camp approaches.
At this time, the following COVID-19 vaccination policy has been approved for all campers, volunteers, and staff: Full vaccination (per CDC guidelines) is required to attend any in-person, overnight (youth) camp. Vaccinations are recommended for fully outdoor day experiences. There is no vaccination requirement to attend Hearts@Home Virtual Camp.
Masking and testing requirements are posted on the Residential Camper Information webpages.
There are three steps to the registration process. Step one is completed by you, the final two steps are completed by your child’s cardiology office. CLICK HERE to register.
- Online registration – You will fill out the online registration form and will need:
- Your child’s cardiac diagnosis, current medication and allergy information
- Information about special education services or accommodations at school. If your child is on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan at school, you can upload, mail or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) a copy of the plan to Camp Odayin. If your child is new to overnight camp or has had changes to their plan, the IEP or 504 plan will be required for acceptance.
- Immunization records, including COVID-19 vaccination dates and a photo of the vaccination card
- Insurance information (if you have insurance)
- Your child close by to answer personal questions and upload a favorite photo (optional)
- Confirmation on how your child will get to and from camp
- Payment made with a credit card. You will have the option to choose between $0-$900.
- Medical form is filled out by a nurse at your child’s cardiology clinic. Once you complete the online registration, we work with your child’s cardiology clinic to complete the form and obtain recent clinic notes and test results. We may ask for your assistance to communicate with your cardiology clinic.
- Cardiologist approval – Once the medical form is complete, the cardiologist is notified to provide approval. The camper dashboard on our website will show the progress of the application.
When will you hear from us?
- All camper files will be reviewed in mid-May by our medical leadership team
- If your child does not meet our criteria for acceptance or if we need additional information, we will contact you before May.
- Accepted campers will hear about acceptance at the end of May and additional camp details are shared in June.
Need help with the online registration form?
- Log in HERE via your username and password. New users – create an account on the right side of the page. Create a new user account as the parent/guardian using your name. You will then be asked to create a camper record with your child’s name. Please contact email@example.com if you have issues with logging in or creating an account.
- Returning users, please select “account settings” to update your profile information. Click on Dashboard.
- Click ‘Camp / Program Registration’
- Select the camp session your child will attend, based on their current grade. Note: if your child wants to attend both in-person overnight camp and Hearts@Home virtual camp, fill out the in-person form and you can choose to add virtual camp within that application. If your child is ONLY attending virtual camp, you will complete the Hearts@Home application.
- If you have registered in our system previously, select your child’s name. If you are new to our online system, you will be prompted to ‘Add a New Camper’.
New Residential Campers
Parents often want to know if their child is ready for an overnight camp experience. While there isn’t one “sure fire” way to determine this, the questions in these articles can be used to help determine child (and parent) readiness:
- Prepare Your Child…And Yourself for Camp (Kiddos Magazine)
- 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Sending Kids to Sleepaway Camp (today.com)
What are the eligibility guidelines to attend Camp Odayin?
In order to have an application reviewed by our medical team, the child must meet the following requirements:
- The child’s primary health issue is heart disease
- The child has age appropriate knowledge of their heart disease and functions cognitively within 1-2 years of their age
- The child is seen by a cardiologist on a regular basis
- The child is either on a cardiac medication or has had a surgical intervention
In addition, campers attending any in-person camp, other than Family Camp, must fulfill these essential functions:
- The child must be independent in living skills and daily self – care (dress, shower and eat independently and is self- sufficient during their school day)
- The child willingly participates and effectively interacts in group-based activities
- The child adjusts successfully to a community living environment
- The child demonstrates nonaggressive, cooperative behavior
Is Camp Odayin able to accept campers with additional needs unrelated to their hearts?
When a child applies who has other diagnoses, illnesses, disabilities (physical or developmental), or diseases, Camp Odayin reviews those files, including their IEP and/or 504 plans, within a few weeks of submission to determine if Camp Odayin is an appropriate fit for the child. We regret that Camp Odayin does not have the facilities or the staff to care for children with developmental, cognitive, or physical disabilities that require one-on-one support.
Still not sure if you should apply? Here are some examples of abilities and behaviors that typically results in a successful Camp Odayin experience: Does my child…
- accept and follow directions?
- respect others’ personal space?
- adjust to sleeping in a new setting and communal living?
- tolerate unexpected changes in schedule?
- advocate for their own needs?
2019 Residential Camp Photos**
- Chippewa: Grades 1-6 – Crosslake, MN – PHOTOS
- Flambeau: Grades 6-8 – Crosslake, MN – PHOTOS
- Namekagon: Grades 9-11 – Crosslake, MN – PHOTOS
- Nokasippi: Grades 1-11 – Elkhorn, WI – PHOTOS
**In 2020 and 2021, Residential Camp was not offered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The suggested cost to attend a camp program is $25. During registration you have the option to choose between $0-$900. You decide the level of payment you are comfortable with during the registration process. The remaining funds will be raised by Camp Odayin on your behalf. If you have questions on the cost of camp, contact the Camp Odayin office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If it would be beneficial to your family, we offer transportation support by reimbursing up to $300 for your travel costs. Contact the Camp Odayin office at email@example.com for details on the travel cost reimbursement process.
Camp Odayin hosts Residential Camp in two locations, campers may only attend one session/location of Residential Camp.
One Residential Camp session for campers in grades 1-11 is hosted at Camp Lutherdale in Elkhorn, WI on beautiful spring fed Lauderdale Lakes. Camp Lutherdale is located 45 miles from Milwaukee, 60 miles from Madison and 70 miles from Chicago. Round trip transportation is provided to Camp Lutherdale from Menomonee Falls (Milwaukee), WI and Rosemont (Chicago), IL. A bus leaves Monday morning and returns Friday afternoon.
Find Camp Lutherdale on Google Maps
Three sessions, divided by age, are located at Camp Knutson in Crosslake, Minnesota on a peninsula of 30 acres of beautiful forest with a mile of private shoreline on Trout and Lower Whitefish Lakes. Camp Knutson is just a 3 hour drive north of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Round trip transportation is provided to Camp Knutson from Minneapolis. A bus leaves on the first morning of camp and returns in the afternoon on the final day. The drop off and pick up site is close to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport to accommodate our campers arriving via plane.
Download a map of directions to Residential Camp at Camp Knutson (187 KB)
A sample day at Camp Odayin
- 8:15 AM Breakfast
- 8:45 AM Cabin clean up
- 9:15 AM Three or four activity rotations (archery, horseback riding, arts & crafts, nature, boat rides, and more)
- Noon Lunch
- 1:00 PM Rest hour
- 2:30 PM Waterfront Time (Swimming, canoeing, waterskiing, tubing, paddle boats, fishing)
- 4:30 PM Cabin time/ Free time/ Shower hour
- 5:30 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM All Camp Games / Evening Theme (such as campfire songs, ballfield games, bounce houses, Talent Show, dance party)
- 8:00 PM Snack and Cabin closing
- 8:30/9:00 PM Lights out