Frequently Asked Questions
What ages are your campers? We have 2 programs, cabins and yurts. The cabins are campers from 10-15 years old, and yurts will be for campers who have completed their freshman year to campers going into their senior year (about 15-17). This is not a strict rule. We take into account each camper and their needs when determining placement.
What is the cost of Camp Odakoda? Our cost is $675 plus a $25 application fee.
How many girls do you normally have? We typically have 1 girl for every 3 boys.
Are the campers separated by age? It is a detailed process to place campers in cabins. We take into account their age, interests, tolerance level, activity level, and other issues. We do our best to match campers with potential friends and sometimes their cabin ma- tes are not their same age.
What are the sleeping arrangements? There are always at least 2 adults sleeping in a cabin. Most Yurts will also have 2 adults, but there are occasions where there is only one adult in order to accommodate another camper in the limited space. In this case, a second adult will sleep outside in a tent near the yurt. There can be anywhere from 3-6 kids in a cabin depending on the cabins capacity. Campers sleep on bottom bunks.
What about food allergies and special diets? We provide the menu ahead of time, and ask that the campers look over it. If they do not plan on eating a meal that is on the menu, we ask that they pack their meal. The cook will heat up food, but cannot prepare separate meals. There are a variety of gluten free options available on the menu. We have a special diet form that we collect prior to camp.
Can campers with a diagnosis of PDD come to camp? Yes. We do not require a specific diagnosis to attend camp. We look at the info provided by the school, parents, and sometimes other medical professionals to determine if a camper will be a good fit for our program.
My child also has ADHD, can they come to camp? We often have campers with other diagnoses. We support the needs of each camper individually to the best of our ability. As long as the campers needs do not exceed what we can support.
What is the counselor to camper ratio? In our general program it is 1 adult to every two campers, and in the teen program it is one adult to every 3 campers.
Is there Financial assistance? We have a financial assistance program that is funded by our community partners. In order to be considered for the program, you must first apply and be accepted. We will then do our best to meet any financial need you may have.
Are all campers accepted if they get their application in before the program is full? We look at each application carefully to make sure they are a fit for the program. We are looking for campers that can access the program goals we have set. The campers must be pretty independent, and able to do their own self care. We are not able to provide 1:1 support for the whole camp. Of course, there are times in the week that a camper needs a bit more support, and we are happy to meet the need to make sure the week is successful for the camper.
How fast do you fill up? We generally fill up by the end of March. We keep a waiting list of a couple kids in case someone backs out.
Do you take the K Plan? We currently do not.
Camp Odakoda takes place at the Camp Tapawingo facility, which is located in Falls City, Oregon (approximately 45 minutes west of Salem, OR).
The facility includes cabins with electricity and indoor plumbing, a dining hall, swimming pool, and multi-use facility. A creek runs through the property, and there is a pond where campers can canoe, fish, and get launched on the blob!
There is also a yurt village where campers stay in yurts with up to 6 occupants. These do not have bathrooms inside, but it is a short walk to the bathroom facility. There are 5 yurts and we typically have 30 campers in this program. The yurt program is more independent then the cabin program and is typically for older campers but we do not simply go by age. We look at many factors when placing campers in the different programs.