Volunteer Opportunities

Camp Odayin would not exist without the generosity of the amazing people who donate their time! Throughout the year, we are joined by exceptional volunteers to support and guide our campers as volunteer nurses, camp counselors and cardiologists at camp. We welcome volunteer staff at Winter Camp in February, Residential Camp in July, and Family Camp in October and November.

Camp volunteers must be at least 20 years old. In order to foster independence, we do not permit family members of Odayin campers to volunteer during a camp session when their relative will be a camper. We welcome family members of campers to apply and attend during a different session. Please email us for information or to be added to our mailing list to receive information about volunteer opportunities.

Summer Camp Applications

We are currently accepting staff applications for Hearts@Home virtual camp and there are also a few open nurse positions during day camp sessions. Nurses, please email alison@campodayin.org to confirm openings prior to completing an application.  The application for all other camp sessions closed on June 6th.


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All volunteers must be at least 20 years old at the time of camp.  Nurses and doctors are accepted on a rolling basis.  Counselor applicants, we’ll email staffing decisions and additional details by June 16th.   Please don’t hesitate to email alison@campodayin.org with any questions.


If you are interested in volunteering at day camp in Northbrook, IL, Mound or Hudson, MN, or Coggon, IA please contact alison@campodayin.org to confirm available positions prior to completing the application.  Nurses are invited to apply for Hearts@Home virtual camp, but the role doesn’t differ from the counselor position.

New Counselors

We would love to meet you virtually! Please save the date to attend interviews via Zoom on Wednesday, June 9th from 6:30-7:30pm Central Time.  The Zoom interview offers an opportunity to meet our entire team and get the most comprehensive information about the volunteer experience, but there is an option in the application to indicate if this doesn’t fit your schedule.


Doctors, please contact sara@campodayin.org to confirm available positions/sessions before applying.

Summer Camp Dates, Locations and Staff Training

Day Camps serve 1-11 graders.  We plan to create groups of 6-8 campers, led by two counselors and a nurse.  Volunteer staff will be onsite from 7:00am-4:30pm each day.  In addition to the camp session, volunteers are required to attend staff training via Zoom on the following dates (two sessions for new staff and one for returners).

    • Staff training for new day camp counselors and nurses – July 7 (6:00-7:00pm CT)
    • Staff training for new and returning nurses and counselors volunteering at day camp – July 8 (6:00-8:00pm CT)
      • East Twin Cities – 2-day camp in Hudson, WI – July 17-18
      • West Twin Cities – 2-day camp in Mound, MN – July 24-25
      • Chicago – 2-day camp in Northbrook, IL – July 10-11
      • Milwaukee – 2-day camp in Hartland, WI – July 17-18
      • Cedar Rapids – 1-day camp in Coggon, IA – August 15

Graduate Overnight Camp is for 11th and 12th graders to attend their final year of camp.  Returning counselors and nurses are invited to apply to attend Graduate Overnight Camp.  Optional transportation will be provided from the Twin Cities in large vans with a single cabin group in each van.  In addition to the staff training date below, an additional training date and time will be determined with the confirmed staff.

      • Staff training will be via Zoom on July 8 (6:00-8:00pm CT)
      • August 8-10 at Camp Knutson in Crosslake, MN
      • Staff will meet at 7:30am on August 8th in the Twin Cities and return to the Twin Cities at 6:00pm on August 10th

Hearts@Home Virtual Camp serves 1-11th graders on Zoom.  Each camp session time includes 30 minutes of staff meeting time prior to campers signing onto Zoom for 60-90 minutes.  Counselors and nurses are paired with a co-staff and a cabin group of campers.  Camp Odayin will provide free loaned iPads to volunteers who have unreliable or no internet connection or do not have a computer or tablet they could use for camp.  In addition to the camp dates, volunteers are required to attend staff training via Zoom on the following dates (two sessions for new staff and one for returners).

      • Staff training for new virtual camp volunteers – July 19 (6:00-7:00pm CT)
      • Staff training for new and returning staff volunteering at Hearts@Home – July 20 (6:00-8:00pm CT)
      • July 27-29 on Zoom – 8:30-10:30 am, 12:30-2:30 pm, and 6:00-8:00 pm daily

COVID-19 Protocols

Our highest priority is to provide a healthy environment that promotes safety and fun for our campers and staff.  We have created COVID-19 protocols, in accordance with best practices and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, American Camp Association, local health authorities, and medical professionals. The precautions below highlight just a small number of the many measures we’ll be taking at day camp and overnight camp.  Before applying to volunteer in person, we encourage you to visit our complete Summer Camp COVID-19 protocols here: https://campodayin.org/camp-programs/covid-19-protocols/

Winter Camp Applications

Winter Camp is staffed with volunteer camp counselors, nurses and cardiologists. The application for Winter Camp is available in December and is due in January. Volunteer and camper transportation is provided to/from camp in Amery, WI from Bloomington, MN. Please email us for information or to be added to our email list to receive an application.

Volunteer Position Descriptions

Volunteer Camp Staff Job Descriptions for Residential Camp and Winter Camp

Travel Support

There are transportation funds available to accepted staff members, please contact brooke@campodayin.org to inquire!

Camp Odayin serves all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

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