Camp Odyssey XIII Youth made a community that will last a lifetime!
Thanks so much to all our supporters, family and friends. We couldn't have done it without you!
The 2011 re-launch of Camp Odyssey was an amazing success. We admitted 55 youth to the program with 43 joining us from August 7-13 at the University of Oregon. These youth returned home inspired to become engaged and begin organizing with the aim to build a more welcoming and inclusive society in their respective communities whether in schools, places of worship, online networks, or even in their local coffee shops and living rooms. The demographic profile of the youth who attended Camp Odyssey reflect the wide range of diversity that exists within Oregon with representation from every racial/ethnic group. Many youth live in low-income households and would not have considered applying without the generous donors and funders that allowed the camp to be free.
2011 Camp Odyssey Youth by Race/Ethnicity and Gender
* Numbers are estimates based on info from camper applications and self identification at camp.
It should be noted in the table above that our diversity includes gender non-conforming youth, youth with a physical disability requiring particular transportation needs, and eleven youth from outside the Portland Metro area.
“My time at Camp Odyssey was quite wonderful. I had a great time getting to know the other campers and I really enjoyed the variety of people I saw there. It was important for me to know about the difficulties that other groups of people went through. I have to admit that some of the things I heard shocked me. But I'm glad I learned about these tragedies, knowing makes me more tolerant of and more empathetic [of] a variety of people.” - Nicholas, age 17, 2011 Camper Graduate
“I've been wanting to write and tell you what an amazing experience Camp Odyssey was for Doron and how impressed I am by the program you put together. I have been a diversity trainer for years—in the Bay Area and then with Multnomah County—so I had some idea what to expect when Doron went to camp. I was surprised and impressed by what I heard when he came home. You did a better job than I ever could have imagined with a group of teens. Whoever designed the program and those of you who carried it out deserve a lot of credit. Thank you for the work you are doing.” - Melissa, 2011 parent of 2011 Camper Graduate