Ed performing at the talent show with staff member, Hayley
Ed is a long-time returning camper at True Friends. Every session he attends fills him with a new joy and excitement for camp. Each year offers new experiences and friendships. “One camp I got to go to a movie and the other camp I was in a parade,” said Ed. This past summer, Ed most enjoyed a hayride with all of his cabin mates.
His favorite activities are swimming and nature walks. One of his counselors, Nick, tells the story of Ed anticipating the group’s next trip to the pool or lake. Ed kept asking Nick when they would swim next so he could splash Nick. ” The water was great to help Ed relax, and he definitely kept his promise to splash me at the pool,” said Nick. “I just like being here,” said Ed.
Your support is extremely important to True Friends because it provides resources that make an immediate impact. With four camp locations and a wider audience to serve, we take our mission seriously. We believe in making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
Ryan, enjoying the giant parachute during a respite weekend.
When you want to laugh or need a smile, Ryan is the respite camper to talk to. His Knock Knock jokes are famous and can get a laugh no matter how many times they are told. Ryan has been attending Respite sessions since 2010. He loves his time at camp and likes to make pop-up cards for his parents, make snow globes, be read to and listen to Elmo and Cookie Monster.
He recently participated in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Maple Lake where he got to walk with staff from True Friends. He enjoyed his experience and really liked that he got to see so many different people.
When asked if he had a good time, Ryan replied, “Ah YEAH!” Sign up to be a weekend volunteer with our Respite groups, and you just might be lucky enough to hear one of Ryan’s legendary jokes.
If you already support Friendship Ventures and Camp Courage, Thank You! Your contributions have helped make True Friends the go-to place for respite and camping. Thanks to you, our staff members have touched the lives of thousands. This year alone, our organization will provide 8,305 days of service to individuals through our camp, respite and travel programs.
There are many ways you can help. See all the Ways To Give your support to True Friends.
2015 Annual Report
At True Friends, we’re about making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Read our 2015 Annual Report (PDF) to see how we live our mission – in providing life-changing experiences to children and adults with disabilities.