The Essence of Camp Olson YMCA YMCA Camp Olson

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Your support will assure that all campers have an exceptional experience and will assist those who need our financial assistance.

Autumn 2013

Dear Friend of Camp Olson:

Three. That's how many generations of families have been touched by Camp Olson as it prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2014. A fourth generation is on the way. Over all of these decades, charitable gifts to Camp Olson have enabled it to do what it does best: Foster among youth, families, and staff a deep connection to one another and the Northwoods.

Session after session, summer after summer, we hear from campers, parents, and alumni about the transformative experience that has happened because of Camp Olson:

Camp Olson has made a huge difference in my daughter’s life. Middle School had proved to be a painful and unhappy experience…she returned from Camp Olson a changed person. With the opportunity to meet new people, she came back knowing that bullying was not about her. At your camp she had made friends with other kids from Minnesota and around the world.

— Parent

Thank you so much for the scholarship for my boys. They already put a picture album together and are so excited about camp. I see myself years ago and how camp changed me and I see that in my boys. They loved camp as much as I did.

— Parent and alumna

Boy, were there tears! Our son was so sad when family camp ended and thought he might feel better if he wrote you a note about how much he LOVES Camp Olson! Already we can see camp’s gift of confidence and independence growing in our little guy. For that we are so grateful!

— Family camper and alumna

Please help this tradition of transforming lives continue. Camp Olson relies heavily on contributed support to maintain excellent programs and employ superior camp counselors and staff. Your gift assures that the camp experience that began with our founding in 1954 continues to transform the lives of youth and families 60 years later.

Keep Camp Olson affordable. Your gift helps Camp Olson keep its fees reasonable and provide scholarships to families that struggle to afford this great summer experience for their children. Please consider a sustaining monthly gift. $30 a month supports a partial scholarship for one child. A larger gift benefits more children. No matter the size of your gift, your support is deeply appreciated.

We need your support now! Help us secure the financial resources necessary to make our 60th year the best it can be.


Mike VanStraaten

Julie Street

President Vice President

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    (218) 363-2207
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    4160 Little Boy Rd NE
    Longville, MN 56655
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