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Camp Odayin

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Health & Medicine
  • Sports & Recreation


3503 High Point Drive NorthSuite 250Oakdale, MN 55128 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

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


Founded in 2001 by Executive Director Sara Meslow, Camp Odayin serves young people impacted by congenital heart disease and their families. The name 'Odayin’ comes from the Ojibwe word for 'heart’.

Residential Camp allows campers in grades 1-11 to enjoy swimming, boating, arts and crafts, volleyball, horseback riding, nature, basketball, and music in a safe, medically-supervised environment during a five day experience.

Family Camp is an opportunity for families with a child with heart disease age birth to 12th grade to come together for fun, education, support and camaraderie. There are two Friday to Sunday sessions hosted in the Midwest.

Winter Camp offers Residential Camp or Day Camp campers who attended the previous summer the chance to reconnect and experience snowshoeing, broomball, and sledding over a three day weekend.

The Moms Retreat is a time for moms of young people with heart disease to connect for support, education and empowerment. The Saturday to Sunday retreat includes meals, lodging, optional spa and yoga activities, and fabulous guest speakers.

Dads Day is a day of outdoor recreation to build camaraderie and connection between dads of children with heart disease.

Ticker Talk is a free, online Camp Odayin meet up for heart kids in grades 1-12. The hour together is a mini camp experience, full of campy-fun and interactive trivia, games, speakers and more.

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