what we are about
Odyssey Teen Camp is a four week summer camp in Massachusetts. It is an experiment in what can happen when kindness and compassion intentionally replace judgment and competition. We believe all teens can benefit from this environment, but we especially serve identities that more often struggle with being accepted by their peers, such as LGBTQ teens, teens struggling with anxiety or depression, teens that are shy or socially awkward, that might not fit into the “regular” mold. Teens that are expressing their individuality and identity are welcome here.
At Odyssey these teenagers recognize they are not going to be judged, but rather are going to be included, honored and celebrated for exactly who they are. Being in an accepting community like this allows teenagers to relax, connect, have fun and re-imagine what this world should be.
A community based on trust and love where teens make real, honest, and valuable friendships with so many different people. Teens are able to let their guard down, relax, laugh, and learn about themselves.
Be Exactly Who You Are
Teens develop the confidence they need to have integrity and a sense of self that is not determined by the judgments of others.
Connection Through Trust
Each member of our community is an individual. Teens design their own program everyday. With over 50 different cool activities to choose from, campers can try out all sorts of new things.
Emotionally and Physically
We provide campers the freedom they need to thrive while keeping them emotionally and physically safe. This is a safe space for teens to feel seen, respected, and supported.
who does well at odyssey?
About 175 teenagers come to Odyssey Teen Camp each summer. Close to 70% are coming for the first time. Most of our campers are kind, creative, sensitive, intelligent and occasionally insecure teens. Some are dealing with social anxiety, some identify as LGBTQ+, and some are your regular wacky and wonderful teenagers trying to find their way. We also have campers who are president of their class or valedictorians although you might not know it unless one of their friends told you. We believe we are a great camp for every teenager because every teen can benefit from a few weeks in nature, away from home, making great friends and doing all sorts of new and interesting things in a kind, inclusive, non-judgemental community.
Adam started teen camp nineteen years ago with the vision of creating a space where teenagers would know they are safe from bullying or negative judgments and would feel free to try new things and be who they want to be. Adam has a physical education degree from University of Connecticut and lives in Westchester with his wife Jena, a nurse practitioner, his stepson Zubin who is in college and his six-year-old daughter Aviva. When not working Adam likes to play golf, watch sports, read, and spend time with his family.
Home Away From Home
Campers stay in well maintained cedar cabins. Each cabin sleeps eight people, six or seven teenagers and one or two counselors. Cabins are grouped together in what we call “pods” and each pod has about six cabins. The campers, counselors, and pod leader become a mini-community in our larger camp community.
Healthy, Organic, Delicious
Meals are always a favorite time of day at OTC. Teens can eat as much as they want. Our summer camp food always includes fresh salads, pasta bar, great vegetarian and vegan dishes, gluten and dairy free options. The meat we serve is free-range organic chicken and beef. We always have lots of fresh bread with peanut butter and jelly. In the afternoon and at bedtime, we often have snacks of fruit, cookies, and juice. We do everything in our power to accommodate special dietary choices. Watch the video below!
Our Summer Home
Odyssey Teen Camp
1266 East Otis Road
Tolland, MA 01034
(Seasonal Address June 25th to July 26th)
an alternative camp
Odyssey Teen Camp began as Omega Teen Camp in 2003 in partnership with the Omega Institute. In 2014, the Omega Institute decided to leave the camp business. So Adam decided to continue the camp as Odyssey Teen Camp with the same mission: to provide teens with the best summer of their lives.
News, Events, Stories
Become a part of our growing camp family. We can’t wait to see you this summer.
make new friends
Adam Simon, camp director