2022 Residential Camp Information

Minnesota Camp in Crosslake, MN
July 5-9*, 2022 (Namekagon: Grades 9-11) *Tues-Sat
July 11-15, 2022 (Flambeau: Grades 6-8)
July 18-22, 2022 (Chippewa: Grades 1-6)

Wisconsin Camp in Elkhorn, WI
July 25-29, 2022 (Nokasippi: Grades 1-11)

Visit the Residential Camp webpage to register a camper.

GETTING TO AND FROM CAMP

The first morning of 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.

Camp Odayin offers free bus transportation from these hotels in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Milwaukee: 

Minnesota Camp
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)  

Wisconsin Camp
Delta Hotels by Marriott, N88W14750 Main St, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 (Milwaukee, WI)
Marriott Suites O’Hare, 6155 N River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018 (Chicago, IL).

Riding the bus?
Arrive at the hotel between 7:30-9:00 am the first day of camp for camper check in. Exact time will vary by hotel and more information will be shared after acceptance. Water (bottle) and a snack will be provided.  

On the last day of camp, we will arrive back at the hotels between 4:30-6:00 pm.  Exact time will vary by hotel and more information will be shared after acceptance.

Getting dropped off at a camp location?
Campers can be dropped off at the camp location in the afternoon between 10-12:15 pm on the first day of camp.  Exact time will vary by location and more information will be shared after acceptance. Please stay with your camper until the buses arrive. The nurse assigned to your child’s cabin will check in your child and their medications when they arrive on the bus.

Getting picked up at a camp location? 
If you are picking up your child at the camp location on the last day of camp, please arrive between 2:30-3:30pm.  Exact time will vary by location and more information will be shared after acceptance. Your child will need 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/from camp.

To get the necessary forms, email brooke@campodayin.org. Fax or mail your completed forms to Camp Odayin by June 1.  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 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) 

If you’re looking for a place to stay near the Minnesota 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 or Delta Hotels by Marriott in Milwaukee

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 
  • 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, stationary, book, journal, self-addressed stamped  envelope to send mail home 

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

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 1, 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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