- Who are the Staff at Camp Olson? How are they trained?
- What ages go to Camp Olson?
- What should I bring to Camp?
- What should I NOT bring to Camp?
- What is the food like?
- How do campers choose activities?
- What if I get sick or am injured?
- Do most campers come with a buddy?
- What if I don’t know how to swim?
- Do I need spending money at Camp?
- Can I do laundry at camp?
Who are the Staff at Camp Olson? How are they trained? (back to list)
Caring, compassionate, kind, friendly, bright, creative, and cool; these are just few of the words that describe the typical staff member at Camp Olson. Above the beautiful facility and exciting activities, it is our staff who create your camp experience.
Your 2-3 counselors live with you in your cabin and guide you through your adventure at Camp. Counselors are always there when you need them and are always ready with a game, a song, or a shoulder to lean on. They are friendly, enthusiastic and they CARE about you getting the most out of your time at Camp Olson.
Program staff facilitate all of the activities at Camp including horseback riding at the Corral, sailing at the Boathouse, swimming and games at the Beach, art activities in the Craft Shop, archery and riflery at the Target Sports Range, and nature activities at the Nature Center.
The kitchen staff work hard to provide healthy and tasty meals three times a day, while the maintenance staff work hard behind the scenes keeping camp safe, clean, and looking good.
The typical staff member at Camp Olson is between 17-25 years of age. 75% of our staff are former campers themselves, so the traditions and legacies of stories, games, songs, and camp spirit remain strong. All our staff undergo a week-long training program prior to summer. All our staff are certified by the Red Cross in Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR.
What ages go to Camp Olson? (back to list)
Camp Olson runs 8 weeks of overnight youth camp for all youth ages 8-16 in a variety of programs from 1-4 weeks in length. We also offer a Voyageur Short Week camp in June for youth ages 7-15. Most first-time overnight campers choose our Pathfinder Sessions.
Additionally, Camp Olson offers 2 weeks of Family Camp in August which is available for kids age 1-100! Family Camp is a great way to experience camp and to prepare you for the experience as an overnight camper while enjoying the Camp Olson experience with your entire family!
What should I bring to Camp? (back to list)
Please view our Camp Olson Packing List.
What should I NOT bring to Camp? (back to list)
Cell phones, stereos, personal electronic devices, knives, weapons.
At Camp Olson we strongly feel that a huge part of the experience includes leaving those things at home. We want you to get the most out of the people and natural surroundings, so we aim to limit the distractions of a cell phone or iPod.
What is the food like? (back to list)
Our Head Chef, Anita, and her kitchen staff provide 3 square, tasty, and nutritious meals each day. Favorites include Taco Bar, BBQ chicken, and pizza! Cereal, fruit, and yogurt are always available in addition to breakfast. Lunch and Supper are always accompanied by a salad bar and fresh veggies.
How do I choose activities? (back to list)
Everyone who attends Camp Olson is allowed a balance of structured and free-time activities. Mornings (between breakfast and lunch) are scheduled cabin time. Cabin groups are led by their counselors through 3 morning rotations allowing everyone to try all the major activities that Camp has to offer at least once. Afternoons from 2pm-5:30 are free time. After lunch, each program area performs a song or skit to advertise the activity being offered and to tell you whether you need to sign up or just show up to participate. Favorite afternoon activities include Regattas (sailboat races), Beach Olympics, Big O Rodeo, 3-D Archery Shoot, Tie-Dye making, Bog walks, fishing trips, and so much more.
What if I get sick or am injured? (back to list)
Our Health Care staff are available 24 hours a day to deal with all Health related issues your camper may encounter while at Camp. In addition, our entire summer staff are certified by the Red Cross in CPR, First-Aid, and Lifeguarding. More information on camper health.
Do most campers come with a buddy? (back to list)
About half our campers attend Camp Olson with a friend. The best part about Camp Olson is the ease at which you are able to make friends. Our staff are trained to help you along and the community that we have is one where you can be yourself! Many campers describe an atmosphere where everyone is equal and accepting of others.
What if I don’t know how to swim? (back to list)
We require that all campers and staff where life jackets whether in a canoe, kayak, or sailboat. The Camp Olson Beach is separated into a deep and shallow end. If you cannot pass or don’t want to take the swim assessment, you are still allowed to play in the shallow end and on the beach. All our staff are trained Lifeguards and are on-duty at all times during all water related activities.
Do I need spending money at Camp? (back to list)
No. Money can be deposited into the Trading Post (our camp store) for the purchase of snacks and beverages as well as camp apparel like t-shirts, hats, water bottles, and bandanas. We accept payment by credit card or cash up to arrival day.
Is there laundry available? (back to list)
Only campers of 3 weeks or more are allowed laundry privileges while at Camp.