True Friends welcomes people ages 5 to adult who have developmental, physical or learning disabilities. We serve people regardless of income level, race, color, political beliefs, sex, religion, disability or national origin.
Our main office is at Camp Friendship 10509 108th Street N.W., Annandale, Minn.
We operate multiple camp locations in Minnesota:
- Camp Courage near Maple Lake
- Camp Friendship near Annandale
- Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie
- Camp Courage North near Lake George
- There is also a Plymouth Office in the west metro of the Twin Cities.
All locations are accessible.
Summer & Winter camp, day camp, respite weekends, wilderness trips, travel, therapeutic riding, team building and volunteer/leadership development. We also partner with other disability and health organizations to host their camp sessions at our sites.
It’s a valued and growing service for families who need a break from the demands of 24/7 care of their loved one with a disability. Parents and caregivers bring the individual to camp for a weekend away. Services are offered select weekends each month.
True Friends offers a wide variety of programs for many different needs. Our programs build independence, self-esteem and friendships. Our lakefront camp locations provide multiple opportunities for experiences and adventures for people of all abilities.
We serve a wide range of disabilities, ranging from mild challenges to severe developmental disabilities that require 1:1 care. We specialize in difficult care cases and serve those with physical disabilities, visual or hearing impairments, chronic medical conditions, severe allergies and behavior issues. Our medical and direct-care staff are qualified to manage complex needs.
The range is from 1:1 and up. Health and safety are top priorities and that means care ratios in a camp environment are often different than typical ratios. True Friends staff determine the care ratio based on guidelines. (Link to that document)
We serve about 4,000 children and adults each year. Participants come from 84 of Minnesota’s 87 counties and 11 other states. Our seasonal staff includes international students.
We seek individuals with a heart for our mission. Both paid staff and volunteers at are required to go through an extensive interview process and pass a criminal background check. Our training program is comprehensive and effective in preparing staff for the medical, behavioral and developmental needs of our clients.
Yes. With the generous support of donors, we are able to provide financial assistance to many participants. Parents or caregivers of individuals who are eligible for waivered services or Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) may contact us to find out whether these funds may be applied toward program fees.
True Friends resident camp programs are certified by the American Camp Association (ACA) for all camps. These programs comply with nationally recognized standards for content, personnel, administration, health care and facility operations. The ACA visits each location on a regular basis to confirm our eligibility for continued certification. True Friends is 245D certified for respite services through the MN Department of Human Services.
Our mission is to provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities. Our programs are designed to develop decision-making, offer challenging and fun activities, increase appreciation of nature, meet to new people and renew old friendships. Participants learn new skills that benefit them in school, work, family, community and social relationships.
As a nonprofit organization, our funding comes from individuals, service organizations, groups, foundations and private and corporate donations as well as the True Friends Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that encourages and manages planned charitable gifts on our behalf.
Your support enables us to serve all participants for less than it actually costs. We ask for three simple things: your dollars, your time and sharing the True Friends story with anyone who may need our services. See all the ways to give.
- Ventures Travel provides supervised group travel for older teens and adults with disabilities. We also offer custom trip planning for anyone needing travel assistance, such as elderly individuals.
- Team Quest team building programs are designed people of all abilities including corporate and school groups
- True Friends Conference & Retreat Centers offering affordable accessible rental options at each of our camp locations – family reunions, meetings and more
- Volunteer programs for individuals, youth, adults, senior citizens feature leadership training.