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Review for Camp Odayin, Stillwater, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the eyes of the children who attended camp. Both my co-counselor and I and our campers were new to Camp Odayin this year. All of our girls were so excited to be there and want to come next year.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how much it has opened my eyes. I have been lucky in my life to never have been seriously ill. It makes a great difference in a child's life when he or she learns that she can go to a summer camp that has a staff able to accomodate them. They are not only safe and taken care of with a trained medical staff, but they meet other kids just like them. It not only a rewarding experience when it comes to friendship, but it gives them a sense of independence which they might not have ever experienced before.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so eager to help the kids have a great time at camp. You have to be a very special and strong person to attend this kind of summer camp.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pay to bring more children to camp who do not otherwise have the means to get there whether it be about money or transporation. There are already kids from other states and countries that come here. They are lucky enough to have the means to come. Some are not so lucky, but if we could help get them here, I know that this experience will be one of the best they have in their lives.

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Role:  Volunteer & Counselor.