2020 Residential Camp Information

Minnesota Camp in Crosslake, MN
July 13-17, 2020 (Chippewa: Grades 1-6)
July 20-24, 2020 (Flambeau: Grades 6-8)
July 27-31, 2020 (Namekagon: Grades 9-11)

Wisconsin Camp in Elkhorn, WI
July 27-31, 2020 (Nokasippi: Grades 1-11)

Visit the Residential Camp webpage to register a camper.

GETTING TO AND FROM CAMP

The Monday morning before camp, check-in occurs at hotel locations or at camp. Regardless of age, a parent or guardian MUST check-in each camper – campers are not allowed to check themselves in.

For Minnesota camps, Camp Odayin offers free bus transportation from Minneapolis or campers can be dropped off at camp.  Hotel: Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington: 2020 American Blvd. East, Bloomington, MN 55425 (between IKEA and 494, NOT the JW Marriott connected to the Mall of America)

  • Riding the bus: On Monday morning, all campers arrive between 8:15-8:30am to be checked in. Water and a snack will be provided.  Bus leaves at 9:15am.
  • Getting dropped off: On Monday morning, campers can be dropped off at camp between noon and 12:15pm (please no earlier).  The nurse assigned to your child’s cabin will check in your child’s medications when the bus arrives.
  • Camper pick up after camp: On Friday, if you are picking up your child at camp, please arrive between 2:30-3:00pm.  If your child is taking the bus, we will arrive back in Minneapolis between 5:45-6:15pm.  Your child needs to check out with their counselor and nurse before leaving.

For Wisconsin camps, Camp Odayin offers free bus transportation from Milwaukee and Chicago or campers can be dropped off at camp.  Hotels: Delta Hotels by Marriott, N88W14750 Main St, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 (Milwaukee, WI) and Marriott Suites O’Hare, 6155 N River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018 (Chicago, IL).

  • Riding the bus: On Monday morning, all campers arrive between 9:00-9:15am to be checked in. Water and a snack will be provided.  Bus leaves at 10:00am.
  • Getting dropped off: On Monday morning, campers can be dropped off at camp between 10:15-10:45am (please no earlier).  The nurse assigned to your child’s cabin will check in your child’s medications when the bus arrives.
  • Camper pick up after camp: On Friday, if you are picking up your child at camp, please arrive between 3:00-3:30pm.  If your child is taking the bus, we will arrive back in Milwaukee at 4:30pm and we will arrive back in Chicago at 5:00pm.  Your child needs to check out with their counselor and nurse before leaving.

ANGEL FLIGHT CENTRAL

Angel Flight Central is a wonderful service that can provide flight transportation for our campers that otherwise would not be able to attend camp. This service is only available to campers departing from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, or Wisconsin. Campers flying with Angel Flight Central will not ride the bus to camp.  Rather, they fly directly into the Brainerd, MN airport or the Burlington, WI airport.  We provide transportation from the Brainerd or Burlington airport to camp.

To get the necessary forms, email brooke@campodayin.org before June 1st. Fax or mail your completed forms to Camp Odayin by June 15.  All completed paperwork will be collected by Camp Odayin and sent to Angel Flight Central. Obtaining an Angel Flight is not guaranteed.  We are sticking firmly to this deadline to give Angel Flight Central plenty of time to secure your flight(s).  Incomplete paperwork will not be submitted.

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP

If your family could benefit from travel support, please contact us at brooke@campodayin.org. We offer transportation scholarships for those in need. Up to $300 can be reimbursed for your travel costs.

ACCOMMODATION RESOURCES FOR OUT-OF-TOWN FAMILIES

For the Minnesota camp: The Minneapolis Airport Marriott (where the bus drop off and pick up will be) is offering a discounted room rate for our group. Deadline to reserve a room is a week prior to the start of camp.

  • To stay overnight July 12th before Chippewa week, book online by July 5
  • To stay overnight July 19th before Flambeau week, book online by July 12
  • To stay overnight July 26th before Namekagon week, book online by July 19

If you’re looking for a place to stay near camp – contact either the Brainerd Chamber of Commerce at 1.800.450.2838 or the Crosslake Chamber of Commerce at 218.692.4027.

For the Wisconsin camp: The Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare (where the Chicago bus drop off and pick up will be) is offering a discounted room rate for our group. Deadline to reserve a room is June 17.  Reserve online or call 800-228-9290.  A block of rooms has not been secured at the Delta Hotels by Marriott in Milwaukee.

WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP

A packing list will be sent to families after acceptance.  The general list includes medicine, shoes, clothing, pajamas, jacket, toiletries, sleeping bag, pillow, swimsuit, beach towel, and bath towel.

DO NOT BRING TO CAMP

A list of items not welcome at camp will be sent to families after acceptance.  The restricted list includes candy, phones, drugs and weapons. Camp Odayin maintains a strict cell phone and electronics policy for our campers and staff.  Campers may not bring cell phones, smart watches, drones, or iPods to camp (or anything that can connect to the internet).  At check in, campers and parents verify that phones and electronics are not packed for camp.  If so, we will ask the parents to take the phone home with them or we’ll take care of it for the week.  Any cell phone or electronic brought to camp will be confiscated and a consequence will be enforced.  Calling home or texting friends distracts from the camp experience and is not allowed.  Please respect this policy.

MEDICATION

Detailed instructions will be sent to families after acceptance.  Medications and the CAMP ODAYIN CURRENT MEDICATION sheet are handed to your child’s nurse at check in and the nurse will be responsible for administering medication.

MEDICAL ATTENTION

If your child should need medical attention while at camp, they will be evaluated by the lead nurse and cardiologist on site.  Depending on the nature of the event, one of three options will occur.

MINOR – A camp nurse will assess, treat and monitor until no further attention is needed.  You will not be called. (This may include bug bites, cuts, scrapes, headaches, etc.)

NON-URGENT – A camp cardiologist will assess and treat and a nurse will monitor any treatment effects.  You will be contacted and your child may be transported off site. (This may include injury related to falls, shortness of breath, excessive fatigue, etc.)

URGENT – For Minnesota camps, if your child should need advanced medical care, paramedics will take your child to Brainerd Medical Center (via ambulance or helicopter) or Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis (via helicopter).  One of the camp cardiologists will accompany your child.  You will be called immediately.

For the Wisconsin camp, if your child should need advanced medical care, paramedics will take your child to Elkhorn Hospital (via ambulance or helicopter) or Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee (via helicopter).  One of the camp cardiologists will accompany your child.  You will be called immediately.

GET YOUR ODAYIN GEAR

The Camp Odayin store offers awesome hats, sweatshirts, water bottles, and t-shirts.  We have items in adult and child sizes, and all proceeds benefit Camp Odayin.  Items will be sold during Minnesota and Wisconsin camper check in.  For Wisconsin campers dropped off at hotels and for Minnesota campers being dropped off at camp, if you order online by July 1st, we will package and bring your order to camp with us.  Select “pick up” to waive shipping and handling charges.

HAPPY CAMPERS

It is our hope that your children come home from camp happy and confident, with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.  Whether your child is a first time camper or a veteran, there are some important things that you can do before you even begin to pack that will help your child have a successful camp experience. Take a look at some of our “tips” and thank you for sharing your child with us!

  • Make sure your camper has everything on the packing list, knows where it is in their bag and why they might need it.
  • Discuss what camp will be like before your child leaves. Watching the Odayin video on our website will give them a good “feel” for their time with us. Call the camp office if you have questions.
  • Make sure your child knows that you will not talk by phone while they are at camp. Let them know they can go to their counselor or nurse with ANYTHING they might need, or with any issues they’re having while at camp.
  • If your child has not spent much time away from home, there is still time to practice! Arrange a sleepover at a friend’s house or with some other family members.
  • If your child is hesitant about going to camp, don’t bribe. Linking a successful stay at camp to a material object can send the wrong message. The reward should be your child’s newfound confidence and independence!
  • Let your child know that you’ll be seeing all the fun they have through the website photos! We will post these each day whenever we can, so check throughout the week for new pictures.
  • Avoid “escape clauses.” Telling your child that you can pick them up early if they aren’t happy sets them up for failure. If they are feeling nervous, emphasize all the fun times, new activities and nice people at camp.
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