In December 2010, then-Governor Ted Kulongoski, designated Camp Odyssey as an OregonSolutions project. Governor John Kitzhaber affirmed his support of the value of Camp Odyssey in Oregon and maintained the designation following his inauguration. Camp Odyssey is the first and currently, only youth development project that Oregon Solutions has adopted. He appointed former State Senator Margaret Carter and Tom Fuller of Shiels Obletz Johnson, Inc., as co-conveners to carry the project forward. A total of 20 community leaders and youth advisors, convened over a planning process designed to enlist key stakeholders from the community and secure multi-year collaborations with organizations across Oregon.
The purpose of the Oregon Solutions Team was to build a sustainable funding model and infrastructure for the Piece. To this end, the Oregon Solutions Team sought to achieve the following objectives:
Secure a stable, permanent venue for the camp that provides a safe, conducive environment that would be supportive of the work and goals of the Camp Odyssey program.
Create a system of youth recruitment that would ensure camper enrollment to meet the demographic targets and diversity formula necessary for a vibrant and effective Camp Odyssey program.
- Developed a neutrally administered evaluation system to track for the next three years the impact of the Camp, its programming, and areas needed for improvement in order to address how success will be measured for the program.
- Development of a business plan which would detail a governance model for board recruitment and development, financial stability and infrastructure to sustain camp over time.
The kick off meeting for the Oregon Solutions team was held in June 2011. The entire group met 6 times over the next 10 months with subcommittees devoting extensive work in between meetings to accomplish targeted objectives. The culmination of their work was marked with a celebration ceremony at the Capital in the Governor’s Office on March 28, 2012. Oregon Solutions commits to reconvening the project team in December 2012 or January 2013 to follow up on progress made both by the program and by stakeholder groups who had committed their support to Camp Odyssey as part of this process.OREGON SOLUTIONS TEAM
Shannon Myrick, PhD Oregon Youth Authority
Margaret Carter, Co-convener
Deputy Director for Human Service Programs
Tom Fuller, Co-convener
Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc.
Chief Financial Officer
Medford School District 549c
Associate Dean, Student & Program Affairs
Director, ADR Center
University of Oregon
Physical Therapist, Intern
Executive Director, Black United Fund of Oregon
Tom Nelson, Oregon Solutions
Director, Oregon Youth Authority
Oregon Episcopal School
Director, Parks & Environmental Services
Director, Public Affairs
Student, Clackamas High School
David Forquer Student, OR Foster Youth Connection
Student, Beaverton High School
Student Franklin High School
Student, South Eugene High School
OREGON SOLUTIONS STAFF
Laurel Singer- Project managerConsensus
Health, Human Services & Training Program Manager Oregon
National Policy Consensus Center
Hector Roche- Project Manager Oregon Consensus
National Policy Consensus Center
Emily Rome, Student Intern Oregon Solutions
Portland State University