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Respite Weekends – Camp Friendship, Annandale & Camp Eden Wood, Eden PrairieYear Round program, ages 18+
Respite offers campers ages five and up the opportunity to experience camp during a convenient weekend. It’s a great chance for campers to extend their stay during Summer Camp, or for those who cannot commit to an entire summer session.
As a Volunteer, you will spend the weekend with a cabin group engaged in social and experiential learning opportunities. Volunteers assist staff, and provide a positive and fun energy when interacting with campers.
Family Camp – Camp Courage, Maple LakeFall, October 2016, ages 18+
Enjoy the autumn beauty with fall colors and crisp cool air. Each day features traditional and seasonal camp activities such as hay rides, pumpkin decorating, and outdoor campfire cooking. You can choose to participate in planned activities, or spend some quiet time relaxing with your family in the peaceful camp environment.
As a Volunteer, you will assist program assistants in planning, preparing, leading, and evaluating accessible programming ranging from arts and crafts sessions to pumpkin decorating all while helping to build and strengthen family connections.
Summer & Winter VolunteeringSummer Volunteering operates at most locations from June – August, annually Winter Volunteering operates at Camp Friendship, Annandale and Camp Courage, Maple Lake December 26-31
True Friends’ volunteer programs offer young people and adults a unique and well-rounded opportunity. Through volunteering with our core programs, individuals are engaged in activities that lead to personal growth, self-discovery, and leadership development.
Volunteers work directly with staff assisting participants’ involvement in a diverse range of activities such as swimming, arts & crafts, music, nature study, sliding, rock-climbing, and other fun camp based activities. People who share their time with our agency tell us it’s the experience of a lifetime!
As a Volunteer, you will support program assistants in planning, preparing, leading, and evaluating accessible programming ranging from arts and crafts sessions to pumpkin decorating all while helping to build and strengthen family connections.
Activity VolunteersIf you have a specific skill-set/interest in working with one of these areas: arts & crafts, horse riding, boating, rock-wall climbing, fishing or archery, then Program Volunteering is the right option for you. Please indicate your desired program ideas in the ‘Additional Comments’ section of the online application.Youth Development & Leadership Volunteering,for youth ages 14-17, click hereTrue Strides – Camp Courage, Maple Lake Year round program, ages 16+
True Strides is a horsemanship program providing opportunities for individuals of all abilities to experience exceptional equine-assisted activities and therapeutic riding lessons. Each rider participating in mounted therapeutic riding lessons needs three volunteers.
As a Volunteer with horse experience, you will be a horse leader responsible for leading the horse and keeping him/her calm, safe, and confident.
As a Volunteer without horse experience, you will be a side walker. Two side-walkers are needed per horse and are responsible for supporting the rider physically, emotionally, and cognitively.
Mission Trips, Group and Family Volunteering All locations, year round, ages 16+
Mission Trips, Group and Family Volunteers projects are available for all established groups wishing to engage in an experience based learning or team-building service project. Groups can consist of 5 – 80 individuals and range from 2 hour projects to weeklong residential experiences in tandem with our core programming.
Volunteer experiences are tailored to meet the needs of the group. Please submit an online application and a member of the Volunteer Services Department will be in contact with you soon to discuss your groups’ goals / needs.