WI Summer Camper Information

Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28 (Nokasippi: grades 1-11)

Check back for a Nokasippi Photo Album link to view pictures during and after camp

Camper Check-in on the First Day

On the first day of camp, camper check-in occurs at locations near Chicago, Milwaukee, and at Camp Lutherdale (N7891 US-12, Elkhorn, WI 53121).  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 between Camp Lutherdale and these locations near Milwaukee and Chicago:

The buses are chartered, air conditioned, handicap accessible, and include bathrooms. 

Getting dropped off at Camp Lutherdale in Elkhorn?

For families dropping off their camper at Camp Lutherdale (N7891 US-12, Elkhorn, WI 53121), please arrive at the appropriate time listed below:

  • Campers with the last name beginning with letters A-L, 9:30am
  • Campers with the last name beginning with letters M-Z, 10:15am

Check-in will take place on-site. You will meet with the nurse assigned to your child’s cabin in order to check in your child’s medication and complete the health screening.

Riding the bus from Milwaukee?

There will be directional signage to check-in hosted at the rear of the building and a nurse will check in campers prior to the bus departing for camp. Arrive at Greenfield Clinic-Children’s Wisconsin, 3365 S 103rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53227 for check-in between 9:00-9:30am.

Riding the bus from Burr Ridge, IL?

There will be directional signage and a nurse will check in campers prior to the bus departing for camp. Arrive at Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, 6800 N Frontage Rd, Burr Ridge, IL 60527 for check-in between 7:30-8:00am.

Camper Pick Up on the Last Day

Please let us know if someone other than the child’s parent or guardian is picking up your child after the week of camp.  Only individuals who are indicated as an alternative person will be allowed to pick up your child. 

Pick up at Camp Lutherdale in Elkhorn, WI

If you are picking up your camper at camp, please arrive at Camp Lutherdale in Elkhorn between 3:00-3:30pm.  Your child needs to check out with their counselor and nurse before leaving.

Pick up at bus drop off locations in Milwaukee and Chicago

If your child is riding a bus on the last day of camp, we will arrive back at the following times. If for any reason the bus will be late, you will receive a text. Your child needs to check out with staff before leaving.

  • Greenfield Clinic-Children’s Wisconsin between 3:45-4:15pm
  • Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge between 4:45-5:15pm

Bus drop off and pick up safety procedures – loading/unloading procedures

  • Campers put their luggage directly on the bus upon arrival
  • Campers go through the check-in process and remain with fellow campers until the bus is boarded
  • Medical staff will ride each bus and monitor the safe loading and unloading of campers
  • Bus driver reviews safety rules once everyone has boarded the bus

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 free 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 Burlington, WI airport.  We provide transportation from the 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 1st.  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 Cost Reimbursement

If it would be beneficial to your family, we offer transportation support by reimbursing up to $200 for your travel costs. Contact info@campodayin.org for pre-approval and details on the travel cost reimbursement process.

COVID-19 Testing & Precautions

Our current plan for COVID-19 testing is to mail all campers and staff two rapid antigen tests to self-administer at home prior to camp. One test needs to be taken 48 hours before the first day of camp. The second test needs to be taken the morning of camp, prior to arriving at camper check-in.  You will not need to submit your results or save your tests. Your arrival at camper check in confirms your negative results.  Both tests must provide a negative result to attend camp.

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Nokasippi (WI): June 24-28June 22June 24

COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended but not required for campers or volunteer staff to attend Residential Camp. If any additional precautions are necessary, we will communicate those prior to camp.

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, vitamins, and supplements in large zip lock bag with current medication 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  
  • Chapstick or lip sunscreen 
  • Plastic bag for dirty / wet clothes 
  • 3-4 Pairs of shorts 
  • 4-5 T-shirts  
  • 2 Pairs of jeans or long pants (required for horseback riding) 
  • 1-2 Sweatshirts or warm sweaters 
  • Pajamas 
  • 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, small fan, fidget gadgets, sound machine, musical instrument (for Talent Show), sports ball, 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. As camp approaches, we will post the ‘fun packing list’ below and will email to parents/guardians as well.

Do Not Bring to Camp

Please do not send food, candy, gum, money, video games, DS players, iPods, mp3 players, valuables, water guns, mobile phones, tablets, drones, smart watches, video cameras, skateboards, scooters, vehicles, 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 them home or we’ll take care of them 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/Vitamins/Supplements

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 child takes over the counter medications, vitamins, and/or supplements while at camp, these also need to be in their original bottle and given to the nurse at check in. 

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 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, t-shirts, and more.  We have items in adult and youth sizes, and all proceeds benefit Camp Odayin.  New merchandise will be sold during camper check-in at Camp Lutherdale. 

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 Lutherdale
N7891 US Highway 12
Elkhorn, WI 53121

In addition, you can send a one-way electronic message to your camper through our partnership with BUNK NOTES.  We will provide families with an invitation code specific to Camp Odayin. Upon creating an account, 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 WI cell phone at 747-263-2946 (747-2-ODAYIN). This phone will be activated between June 22-29 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 social media policy with your campers.  We do not allow our staff members to connect with your camper via social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat) 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 via social media. 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.

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  • Suite 250
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