ASD Oregon’s Camp Experience
2017’s camp dates are August 15-19th in Falls City, OR – applications are now open!
Our camp is the only overnight camp in the region that is specifically designed for children with high functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.Learn More
One of a kind experience!
Our camp provides a recreational place for kids to enjoy a week in the outdoors in a safe and fair environment with kids just like themselves.Apply
Our counselors come from all over the country to devote a week of their time to make sure the kids have an awesome time. Every year we hear that the counselors feel like they had as amazing experience, as the kids!Apply Today!
Welcome to Camp Odakoda by ASD Oregon
We provide a summer camp for campers with High Functioning Autism (HFA) or Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Our Mission is to provide our campers with the opportunity to engage in activities that will help them grow and expand their social experiences. We want to provide opportunities for campers with HFA or AS to enjoy their uniqueness, take pride in their strengths, and just have fun!
Camp Odakoda applications are now open for the 2017 camp session. Click on the Application tab to apply.
Dates: 2017’s camp dates are August 15-19th.
Camp Odakoda 2017 Plan for Sustainability:
Dear Camp Parents and Supporters,
As many of you know I started Camp Odakoda 8 years ago as a program for my son. 8 years later, it has become so much more. I have loved meeting so many wonderful kids and parents. You have become our friends and a source of support in so many ways. I have laughed and cried with you and your children. I love this program and the amazing people it has brought into my life.
As my son graduates from high school this year I am beginning to think about the next chapter in our lives. I love Camp Odakoda and am committed to keep the program going for years to come. I am not looking at stepping away from camp, but I am thinking about what that will look like in the future. I realize that I am not going to be able to find someone to do the amount of work I do for such a small amount of pay (about 1/3 of what comparable camps pay). Running the camp program is about half of what I do, and the other half is spent fundraising and running the organization.
I have been given an amazing opportunity to create a system that will make camp financially stable and sustainable for years to come. In partnership with Dr. Hardin at Harmony Orthodontics and the Doernbecher Foundation we are starting an endowment to fund Camp Odakoda.
The way an endowment works is we will create a fund that Doernbecher Foundation will invest on our behalf. We will receive about a 4.5% return on that fund each year. The fund will be a permanent source of income for camp and will not be able to be used for any other programs.
In order to fund camp at the level needed, we need to bring in $100,000 a year for 5 years. Now you may think I am insane, but knowing the impact our camp has had, I am confident we can do if we all work together. My goal this year is to raise $50,000 at the It’s My Ability 5k, and write grants and find corporate sponsors for the rest.
Our first year of camp, many thought I was crazy and that it would never work. They underestimated our kids, families and supporters!
This is where I am asking for your help. The biggest supporters of Camp Odakoda are families of campers, and employers of their parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors. This group truly understands the importance of Camp Odakoda for our campers. If you know an employer, charitable organization, or private donor that might be interested in sponsoring the run, or making a donation from camp, please list them below or email/call me. I am happy to contact them, but would love your help to connect to the right people. If you have anyone that you would be willing to connect me to, please submit them in the form below.
Thank you so much for your support. I know this is a big goal, but I hope you see the value in continuing this program forever and ensuring that campers for years to come will be able to enjoy the magic of Camp Odakoda!
Director- ASD Oregon and Camp Odakoda
Thanks to Our Sponsors
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