Camp Volunteers

Camp volunteers create memories and friendships with amazing campers and volunteers! They experience the joy of providing kids with heart disease a sense of belonging and receive training, personal growth, and experience mentoring youth.

Throughout the year, exceptional volunteers support and guide our campers as volunteer nurses, cabin counselors, and cardiologists at camp. We welcome volunteers at Winter Camp in February, Residential Camp in the summer, and Family Camp in October and November.

2024 Summer Camp

ACCEPTING VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS NOW!

Application deadline: April 15

NURSES AND RETURNING COUNSELORS

New this year, nurse AND returning camp counselor applications will be accepted on a rolling basis within two weeks of submission. First come, first served. Session availability will be updated on the camp volunteer page of the website. If positions fill prior to April 15, we will start a waitlist.

NEW COUNSELORS

There will be two waves of interviews and acceptance of new counselors. To increase the likelihood that open positions match your availability, we encourage interested volunteers to apply prior to the first online interview: Tuesday, March 12, 6:00-7:30 pm CT.

We’re hopeful all new counselor applicants are able to attend the scheduled interview date, but if you are unavailable, we will work with you to schedule a virtual interview. The second round of new counselor interviews and acceptance will occur in mid to late April.

DATES, LOCATIONS, AND STAFF TRAINING

Residential Camp in Elkhorn, WI

  • June 24-28 (Nokasippi: grades 1-11)

All WI camp counselors and nurses are required to attend the staff training at Camp Lutherdale in Elkhorn, WI on Sunday, June 23rd.  Volunteers are invited to spend the night at camp, then campers arrive on Monday morning.  

Residential Camp in Crosslake, MN

  • July 15-19 (Flambeau: grades 6-8)
  • July 22-26 (Chippewa: grades 1-6)
  • July 29 – August 2 (Namekagon: grades 9-11)

All MN camp counselors and nurses are required to attend the staff training in Oakdale, MN on Sunday, July 14. On the first morning of camp, transportation is provided from our office in Oakdale, MN to camp in Crosslake, MN.

Winter Camp in Amery, WI

Interested in a mini-camp experience & just a weekend commitment? There are a few positions remaining for Winter Camp, Saturday, February 17th to Monday, February 19th (President’s Day). Act fast, this volunteer opportunity will close soon.

Please contact Alison at alison@campodayin.org or 651-351-9185 with any questions.

COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended, but not required to attend.  

“Camp Odayin has been such a huge part of my life. As a former camper for five summers who is now a counselor, I want to show the next generation of heart patients that they are not alone by introducing them to the Camp Odayin family.”

Allie, Volunteer Cabin Counselor

Volunteer Requirements

  • 20 years of age or older (by the 1st day of camp)
  • Complete an application, interview, provide references (not your mom), and background check authorization
  • Attend a dynamic staff training for all sessions for which you are volunteering
  • Believe in creating inclusive, welcoming settings for all
  • Find joy in working with youth
  • Possess good communication skills, maturity, patience, and a desire to make a difference
  • Have the enthusiasm and endurance required to supervise campers at all times, but we do have rest hour!
  • Love young people with special hearts
Volunteer counselor in tie dye and nurse in green with four excited campers

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Cabin Counselor (Summer & Winter Camp)
  • Live in a cabin and supervise a group of 7-9 campers of a similar age
  • Monitor the daily health and safety of each camper assigned
  • Carry out camp programs and participate in all camp activities with a joyful heart
  • Assess appropriateness of camper behavior and apply appropriate behavior modification techniques
  • Enforce safety regulations and emergency procedures
  • Promote a sense of unity while addressing individual needs of each camper, encourage friendships and positive interactions among campers
  • Enhance the self-esteem of each camper by encouraging and guiding them to participate successfully in all aspects of camp activities
  • Enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of each camper assigned to you – our heart heroes ROCK
  • Ride the bus to/from camp with your campers (not applicable to Wisconsin Residential Camp) and sing “The Wheels on the Bus” for the entire trip
Cabin Nurse (Summer & Winter Camp)
  • Volunteer nurses must have current nursing license (LPN, RN, or NP), but work experience does not need to be cardiac specific – we’ll train you on heart stuff
  • Depending on the state you’re are licensed in and the location of the camp you’re attending, we will assist with obtaining a MN or WI license as needed
  • Distribute all medications assigned to the 7-9 campers under your care
  • Provide first aid and emergency responses as needed
  • Communicate all medical concerns with Nursing and/or Medical Director
  • Maintain log of all camper medical concerns in the health center
  • Participate in and assist with camp activities as needed
  • Work as a team with 2-3 counselors to supervise campers and support campers’ needs
  • Support the Nursing Director in the health center if needed
  • Attend all staff meetings while at camp and choose candy or a health evening snack
  • Ride the bus to/from camp with your campers (not applicable to Wisconsin Residential Camp)
Camp Cardiologist (Summer & Winter Camp)
  • Must be a pediatric cardiologist with a current MD or DO license
  • Depending on the state you’re are licensed in and the location of the camp you’re attending, we will assist with obtaining a MN or WI license as needed
  • Provide first aid and emergency responses as needed
  • Be on call for any medical emergencies
  • Support the Lead Nurse in the health center
  • Meet with Camp Odayin leadership each day to address camper / safety issues
  • Jump into camp activities with your whole heart
Family Camp Volunteer

Family Camp volunteers who attend all weekend:

  • Stay overnight at camp, ideally from 2:00pm on Friday until noon on Sunday
  • Assist with welcoming and checking in families
  • Support family-centered and fun programming as activity leaders
  • Embrace the theme of the weekend with campy silliness, costumes, antics and more
  • Are responsible for a small group of children during two hours of facilitated kid-time programming
  • Opt into tasks such as hosting the bonfire with s’mores (sampling encouraged), leading camp songs at meals, and assisting with the Sunday morning talent show

We also welcome short-term volunteers to work with children during kid-time on Saturday afternoon.

Volunteer FAQs

What training and support is available to camp volunteers?

Camp volunteers receive resources and training, including:

  • Medical orientation to support children with heart disease
  • Strategies for listening to kids effectively, managing challenging behaviors, and encouraging personal growth
  • Methods for fostering diversity acceptance and inclusion
  • An introduction to individuals who will support you during the volunteer experience

* No medical knowledge or experience is needed to volunteer as a cabin counselor. At Winter and Summer Camp, there are cardiologists onsite at all times and a cabin nurse is assigned to each cabin of campers.

Do I need medical experience or cardiac knowledge to volunteer?

No medical knowledge or experience is needed to volunteer as a camp counselor. At Winter and Summer Camp, there are two cardiologists onsite at all times and a nurse is assigned to each cabin of campers.

Volunteer nurses must have current nursing license (LPN, RN, or NP), but work experience does not need to be cardiac specific.

I am related to a heart hero, can I volunteer while they attend Camp Odayin as a camper?

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. 

What COVID-19 precautions occur at camp?

COVID-19 vaccinations are strongly recommended, but not required to volunteer at camp. Precautions and testing requirements are decided and communicated prior to each different camp session. 

Is there travel support available to volunteers traveling from out of town?

We offer transportation reimbursement of up to $300 to accepted camp volunteers for gas, hotel/accommodations, airfare, etc. Contact brooke@campodayin.org for details on the travel cost reimbursement process.

What is the camp volunteer application process?

In addition to the application, interested volunteers are interviewed and must provide three references and background check authorization.  

Winter Camp volunteer applications are available on our website and emailed to interested volunteers in November. The acceptance process is rolling until all positions are filled.

Summer Camp (Residential Camp) volunteer applications are available on our website and emailed to interested volunteers in February and the application deadline is April 1. Nurses and cardiologists are accepted on a rolling basis. Cabin counselors are interviewed prior to acceptance.

Please email alison@campodayin.org to receive upcoming volunteer applications and opportunities. Follow us on social media for additional ways to engage!

Volunteer cardiologist with a camper during Messtivus - both have chalk and shaving cream on their faces

Please email alison@campodayin.org for information or to be added to our email list to receive camp volunteer applications and opportunities.

Our priority is to attract, develop, and retain a diverse volunteer staff that represents and supports our amazing campers. Camp Odayin welcomes people of any race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

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Camp Odayin: For Children with Heart Disease

We provide fun, safe and supportive camp experiences and community building opportunities for young people with heart disease and their families. 

We welcome people of any race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

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Office Address

  • 3503 High Point Drive North
  • Suite 250
  • Oakdale, MN 55128