Q&A for teenagers
What kinds of challenges can I expect to face at Odyssey Teen Camp?
A hero’s journey:
Going to a summer camp for several weeks, where you do not know anyone requires courage and faith. You will have your own challenges during your time at camp but the friends you’ll make and the experience you will share make it all worthwhile.
Walking a lot:
You will do a lot of walking throughout the day with others because everything at our facility is very spaced out. By the end of the day, you and your friends will have walked several miles together.
Living in close quarters:
You will be living in close quarters with others in rustic cabins. Our cabins are tight. Bathrooms are located outside of the cabins but nearby.
We have one shower house at camp with 10 private showers. Showers are scheduled by pod. The schedule changes daily but you must shower at your scheduled time.
We will always have plenty of options. At all meals, we have the main entree and a vegan entree. We always have a salad bar for lunch and dinner. We always have bread and fruit available at all meals. It is not the same as eating at home where you have whatever you want.
We do not allow campers to keep their cell phones, and you will not be able to call your parents until your second week at camp using the camp’s phones. If a camper feels like they absolutely need to speak to a parent, arrangements are always made for that to happen. We know letting go of your phone can feel challenging, but we also know how freeing this experience can be.
How many teens come to OTC?
We generally have around 150 campers each session. They come for 2 or 4 weeks. Over 50% are coming to camp for the first time.
What is a typical day at camp like?
Our days are very full, with a good mix of fun activities and relaxation. We offer three activity periods each day. Two of the activities change daily and the other activity runs from Monday to Friday. From 1:30 pm until 2:45 pm we have “social hour” and weather permitting we all go to the lake or play in the main field. We have dinner together as a community every night. After dinner, we have evening activities such as campfires, talent shows, dances, and camp-wide games. Most nights, we offer two options for evening activities, a quiet one and one that is more stimulating. Check out our activities and daily schedule.
How do you accommodate teenagers who identify as trans and non-binary in regards to housing?
At OTC, we believe in letting teenagers lead the way. On your application, we ask a few questions about your gender identity and what your ideal housing situation would be in regards to gender. We then match you with the best possible housing situation.
What is summer camp food like?
Each meal includes vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and non-vegetarian options. There is always a salad bar with plenty of options, including beans. Meals are served buffet-style, and campers can take as much as they want. If you have special dietary concerns, please contact us to discuss them.
What if I have a food allergy?
Peanut butter allergies:
We do make peanut butter available. We do not cook with peanut oil or put peanuts in our entrees. If you have a severe peanut allergy, you should know that we do have peanut butter around.
We always have gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. For instance, on lasagna night we usually just make a gluten-free and vegan pasta bake. We always have gluten-free bread and gluten-free cereal at breakfast. There is always a salad bar with plenty of fruits and vegetables too.
What is the average age of teens at Odyssey, and do all ages do everything together?
Our campers are a pretty even mix of teenagers between ages 13 and 18. For the most part, we are one community and all ages can participate in activities together. Our 7 different pods, which are based on age and gender, often participate in activities together. Pods are mini-communities within our larger camp community.
What is the summer camp facility like?
We are on a 416-acre private facility that features a 16-acre private lake for swimming and boating. We have a large ball field, an outdoor amphitheater, and a nice art building. Our facility also has a great kitchen/dining hall with room to eat inside and outside.
How do campers communicate with friends and family?
We want to give you the opportunity to really enjoy camp, so we ask that you leave your cell phone at home. You will be able to make phone calls home using our camp phones, after your first week of camp. We also encourage letter writing.
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Adam Simon, camp director