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Causes: Camps, Health, Heart & Circulatory System Diseases & Disorders, Recreation & Sports, Sports

Mission:

Camp Odayin provides fun, safe and supportive camp experiences and community building opportunities for young people with heart disease and their families.

Results: We welcomed our first 53 campers in 2002 and have experienced rapid growth every year since. In 2018 a total of 825 campers from 12 states participated in our camp experiences throughout the year.

Target demographics: Children with heart disease and their families

Programs: In an atmosphere designed to enhance self-esteem and acceptance of themselves and others, Odayin campers have the opportunity to come alive emotionally and physically in ways they never dreamed possible by reaching beyond their medical diagnosis. Camp Odayin's Residential Camp is for children grades 1-11 with heart disease and Day Camp is for children grades K-3. Family Camp is for families with a child of any age with heart disease. Camp Odayin provides educational activities and support for campers and their families. Camp Odayin has developed medical and counseling staff training materials and conducts training sessions prior to camp. Volunteers are educated regarding pediatric cardiac issues and appropriate responses to various situations.

Community Stories

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dan AndJanet H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank you for giving our daughter the opportunity to attend camp last week. Over the weekend we heard more and more about her week. She got to have experiences that she has never had before and she grew in many ways because of the opportunity. Unfortunately, due to her medical needs she has never been able to go to camp…because of your camps ability to meet the needs of kids with heart issues we as parents knew she would be safe and be well cared for…thank you! From the moment we checked in we felt welcomed and excited for the week ahead for Quinn. Your staff, volunteers and facility were first class. Thank you for going above and beyond what we could have dreamed for her. Many thanks and much appreciation to all!!! Dan and Janet Hellige

14

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter has been a Camp Odayin girl for the past 8 years. Camp Odayin has allowed her to have fun in the outdoors and be away from home in a safe and fun environment. Our daughter has made some very close friends at camp and when they see each other it is squeals and giggles all around. Honestly, Camp Odayin is the highlight of each summer! As parents, we can't ask for a safer or more fun camp experience for our heart child. On the first day of camp, it is a joy to say "goodbye" because we know that she will come home with many stories to tell of a really fabulous week. When the camp says "no worries", they mean it. There is nothing to worry about- only tales of your child's adventure to look forward to. If you're on the fence about sending your heart child to Camp Odayin, get brave and allow them to discover some independence at Camp Odayin! You'll be so glad you did- and so will they!

15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended Campy Odayin as a counselor for the first time in 2008. My mom is a nurse at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and had gone the previous year. She came home after that week and couldn't stop talking about how much fun she had. I know the camp is for the kids, but all of us volunteers have just as much fun. While the camp may be for children with heart disease, you would never know it. The camp is no different than any other summer camp except for the trained nurses and doctors on hand. The kids do everything from crafts to boating to horseback riding and none of them act like they are sick. They make every moment of that week count because this is something they look forward to all year. I plan to attend next year. And maybe I'll volunteer for more than one week. That's how much fun I had and that's how much I want to help these kids enjoy the week away from home and with other kids just like them.

16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing camp. It was professional, inspiring, heartwarming and most of all brilliant fun! Camp Odayin is a hugely important experience for the campers and a very worthwhile volunteering opportunity for the councilors. I traveled from New Zealand to volunteer at Camp Odayin and cherish every minute of it.

15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Odayin is a wonderful not for profit organization. The organization sponsors events in addition to camp throughout the year for children with heart disease and their families. Many of the kids at camp attend year after year and are certainly considered a part of the "Camp Odayin family". I had an amazing experience at camp as a volunteer because of the wonderful kids and Camp Odayin staff. The camp experience is made possible through donations from individuals and organizations throughout the year. One of the activities at camp that the kids participate in is creating cards for all of the donors. This activity provides the kids with the opportunity to reflect and put into words exactly how much the experience means to them. The kids take this activity very seriously and a lot of the cards created by the girls in my cabin were very touching. All in all the Camp Odayin team includes some of the nicest and most generous people that I know and because of this I will always have a place in my heart for this organization.

14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great camp to work with! The staff is extremely outgoing and energetic. They work hard at keeping the energy level very high to keep the campers motivated and having fun. The campers are also great kids. I spent three weeks of my summer having a blast with kids and getting to know some great Camp Odayin staff and I loved every minute of it. I'm planning on volunteering with them again next summer and would recommend it to anyone.

15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Odayin was one of the best experiences of my life. The children are fantastic and the organization/leadership is unbelievable. Nearly every moment you spend there is memorable and rewarding.

15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Odayin is an outstanding program that provides a camping experience for children with heart disease who might not otherwise be able to particpate in this type of activity. The fact that the camp is so well staffed, both medically and otherwise, is also a huge relief to the parents of these children. The world needs more organizations as loving, caring and giving as Camp Odayin and its staff.

16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the best camps in the midwest. It is a camp dedicated to kids with heart disease. The staff and facilities are oustanding and better than any other summmer camp that I have ever worked at. Sincerely Michael G. Earing, MD

15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer counselor at Camp Odayin for two summers now. Everything about this experience is FIRST CLASS! The staff is organized and caring. Every detail is thought of and taken care of. The campers (and volunteers) are given a week of outstanding and memorable experiences. Many choose to return year after year. That speaks for itself!

16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely loved it!! Camp Odayin gave me a chance to spend a week away from the grind of work and a chance to meet different people from different places. It gave me a chance to have fun and see the world from kids' eyes. I thought the staff of Camp Odayin planned an awesome time for the kids and were very creative with their ideas. I definitely plan on volunteering again in 2009 to spend time with these great people!!

22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Odayin is a wonderful organization that allows children with heart disease to expierene summer camp. As a councelor I had a wonderful time with my campers! Wonderful, respectful, mature young ladies. Sarah Meslow and the rest of the Camp Odayin staff do an awesome job of letting the volunteers know how much they are appreciated! The application and orientation process befor camp were very easy and organized. During my volunteer experience, I felt like I became part of the Camp Odayin family, and hope to volunteer again next summer! Overall, I highly recommend this experience!!

20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you are looking to have some fun and have a totally rewarding experience... Camp Odayin is the camp for you!!! I have spent three summers with Camp Odayin, as a nurse, and I would give it a top notch review! The kids are great and the camp is well organized.