2022 MN Residential Camper Information

Residential Camp in Crosslake, MN

July 5-9*: Namekagon session (grades 9-11) – VIEW PHOTOS
July 11-15: Flambeau session (grades 6-8) – VIEW PHOTOS
July 18-22: Chippewa session (grades 1-6) – VIEW PHOTOS

*Tuesday – Saturday

COVID TESTING AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Our current COVID testing plan requires a PCR/NAAT test 72 hours before the first day of camp and an on-site, rapid antigen test at check in. This is required of all staff as well.
    • Please schedule your child for their PCR/NAAT test on July 2 for Namekagon campers, July 8 for Flambeau campers, and July 15 for Chippewa campers.  We will provide a link to upload your child’s test result as we get closer to camp.
    • We will provide a rapid antigen test for all campers and staff on the first morning of camp.
  • To ensure compliance with our vaccination policy, if your child has not yet received a booster shot, we recommend having the booster scheduled and administered before June 15th.
  • Bring your child to camp healthy!  Campers are asked to please consider limiting their exposure with unvaccinated people or crowds for two weeks prior to camp.
  • We will share our masking requirements as we get closer to camp.
  • View additional COVID-19 Protocols for the 2022 Summer Camp season 

CAMPER CHECK-IN ON THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP

On the first day of camp, camper check-in can happen either at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott (2020 American Blvd. East, Bloomington, MN 55425) or at Camp Knutson (11148 Manhattan Pt. Blvd., Crosslake, MN 56442).  Camp Odayin offers free bus transportation from the Minneapolis Airport Marriott.

Upon arrival at your chosen check-in location, you will be directed where to park, then stay in your car.  We will provide you with a COVID test to administer and your camper’s nurse will report to your car to check in and review medications for your camper. Everyone needs to mask up.

Regardless of age, a parent or guardian MUST check-in each camper – campers are not allowed to check themselves in.

Riding the bus from the hotel in Bloomington?

Arrive at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott (2020 American Blvd. East, Bloomington, MN 55425) at 7:30 am for camper check-in. Water bottle and a snack will be provided.  

Getting dropped off at Camp Knutson?

Arrive at Camp Knutson (11148 Manhattan Pt. Blvd., Crosslake, MN 56442) between 11:30 am – 12:00 pm for camper check-in.

CAMPER PICK UP ON THE LAST DAY OF CAMP

If your child is riding the bus on the last day of camp, we will arrive back at the Minneapolis Airport Marriot between 5:30-6:00 pm.  If for any reason the bus will be late, you will receive a text.  If you are picking up your camper at camp, please arrive between 2:30-3:30pm.  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.  We provide transportation from the Brainerd airport to/from camp.

To get the necessary forms, email brooke@campodayin.org. Fax or mail your completed forms to Camp Odayin by June 10.  All completed paperwork will be collected by Camp Odayin and sent to Angel Flight Central. Incomplete paperwork will not be submitted. We are sticking firmly to this deadline to give Angel Flight Central plenty of time to secure your flight(s).  Obtaining an Angel Flight is not guaranteed and determining your backup plan is encouraged. 

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP

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 info@campodayin.org for details on the travel cost reimbursement process.

ACCOMMODATION RESOURCES FOR OUT-OF-TOWN FAMILIES

The Minneapolis Airport Marriott (where the bus drop off and pick up will be) 

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

WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP

Please clearly label all items – including luggage, bedding and clothing, as Camp Odayin is not responsible for lost items.  

  • All medicine in large zip lock bag with current med sheet  
  • Sleeping bag and pillow – or sheet and blanket 
  • Tennis shoes (closed toe – required for horseback riding) 
  • One hat (crazy or practical) 
  • Water shoes or flip flops / beach sandals 
  • Bug spray and sunscreen  
  • Chap stick or lip sunscreen 
  • Plastic bag for dirty / wet clothes 
  • at least 2 masks
  • 3-4 pairs of shorts 
  • 4-5 T-shirts  
  • 2 pair of jeans or long pants (required for horseback riding) 
  • Sweatshirt or warm sweater (1-2) 
  • PJ’s  
  • Rain jacket or windbreaker 
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
  • Shampoo and soap / hairbrush or comb 
  • Plenty of socks and underpants – 6-7 pair each 
  • A swimsuit and beach towel 
  • Bath towel and washcloth 
  • Optional items: Camera, flashlight, sunglasses, night light, noise canceling headphones, fidget gadgets, stationary, book, journal, self-addressed stamped  envelope to send mail home 

THEMED PACKING LIST

One of our main goals at camp is to provide a FUN experience for our campers.  One of the ways we do this is through many silly activities, crazy meals, and goofy evening programs.  Please try to pack some of the items to enhance the fun of these events.  Check the closet, visit your local thrift store, and hit the garage sales. We don’t recommend spending big money – this is camp and things can get dirty.

Namekagon:

  • bandana
  • black shirt
  • all white outfit
  • neon gear
  • sports gear
  • wacky accessory (like a hat, tie, jewelry, glasses, purse, shoes, hair, belt, etc.)
  • outfit of your favorite color or as many colors as possible
  • Semi-formal attire (may get wet)

Flambeau:

  • bandana
  • black shirt
  • tropical outfit
  • neon gear
  • sports gear
  • ugly accessory (like a hat, tie, jewelry, glasses, purse, shoes, hair, belt, etc.)
  • outfit of your favorite color or as many colors as possible

Chippewa:

  • bandana
  • black shirt
  • tropical outfit
  • neon gear
  • pajamas
  • ugly accessory (like a hat, tie, jewelry, glasses, purse, shoes, hair, belt, etc.)
  • outfit of your favorite color or as many colors as possible

DO NOT BRING TO CAMP

Please do not send food, candy, gum, money, video games, DS players, iPods, mp3 players, valuables, water guns, cellular phones, tablets, drones, smart watches, video cameras, skateboards, scooters, or sharp items with your child. Alcohol, tobacco, drugs, pets, and weapons are strictly prohibited at Camp Odayin.

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

Fill out the CAMP ODAYIN CURRENT MEDICATION form and bring it to camper check in. Your child’s medications and this form are handed to your child’s nurse at check-in.  Their nurse will be responsible for administering medications while your child is at camp.

  • Please place ALL medication in a large zip lock bag with your child’s name on the outside of the bag
  • Each medication needs to come to us in its ORIGINAL prescription bottle, clearly labeled with the camper name, medication name, and dosage. NO PILL BOXES WILL BE ALLOWED
  • If your camper needs to take medication while on the bus – please administer this medication to your child before they get on the bus.
  • Please put medications requiring refrigeration in a separate bag with “needs refrigeration” and the camper’s name written on the bag.
  • All medications must be turned in to your child’s nurse.  At no time during camp are campers allowed to carry or be responsible for their own medication.
  • Please send enough medicine for 5 full days, plus one extra day – 6 days total.

If your child has a pacemaker or defibrillator and they use a remote transmission unit (i.e. Carelink from MDT, Latitude from BSC or Merlin from Abbott) – please bring this to camper check in and give to your child’s nurse at registration.  The device will stay in the nurse’s room and will only transmit information with a medical emergency.

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 – 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.

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 camper check in at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott.  For campers being dropped off at camp, if you order online by July 1, we will package and bring your order to camp with us.  Select “pick up” or use the coupon code Odayin_Gear_checkin_2022 to waive shipping and handling charges.

COMMUNICATION

If you’d like to send written mail (please no care packages) to your child while at camp, please try to have mail arrive Monday-Thursday.  The address is:

Camper Name
Camp Odayin at Camp Knutson
11148 Manhattan Pt. Blvd.
Crosslake, MN 56442

In addition, you can send a one-way electronic message to your camper through our partnership with BUNK NOTES.

  • Go to www.Bunk1.com
  • RETURNING PARENTS will login using their email address and password from the previous year.
  • NEW PARENTS will click “New Here? Get Started” button and complete the basic form.
  • The Invitation Code for Camp Odayin is: ODAYIN22

You will be prompted to select a bundle for access to your Parent Portal. Bundles include credits for you to send Bunk Notes and enhance your notes with borders, photos, sports scores, and puzzles. You can select a bundle based on your needs and how often you want to communicate with your camper.

In case of an emergency, you may contact the Camp Odayin cell phone at 651.491.8673. This phone will be activated between July 5-22 only.  You may call this phone the weekend before your child attends camp and the week during their time at camp.  Outside of those times, please call the Odayin office at 651.351.9185 for any needs or questions.  

Group text in case of an emergency, storm at camp, late bus, etc.  By giving your mobile phone number during the camp application process, you opted-in to the emergency texting service from Camp Odayin. We will use this service only if we need to communicate with parents/guardians immediately and as a group. All other communication will be done individually. If you have questions, please contact info@campodayin.org to discuss.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Please share our communication / social media policy with your campers.  We do not allow our staff members to communicate with your camper via social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat, etc.) or other communication platforms (Zoom, Google Meet, texting, etc.) until your camper graduates from high school AND is 18 years old AND the camper initiates the contact. Email correspondence is ok with us, but again, only if the camper initiates contact.  Please support this policy by letting your camper know they should not reach out to their awesome counselors and nurses except through email. We would be most grateful!

To follow our antics at camp, follow the official Camp Odayin Facebook page, Instagram and Smugmug albums for posted pictures.

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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